HVAC to Whole-House Performance Contractor?

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HVAC to Whole-House Performance Contractor?

Guidelines and best practices for making the profitable transition into whole-house work.

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Heat Pumps and Manufactured Homes: Making the Marriage Work

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November 01, 1996

In my job as the factory-built home specialist for North Carolina's Alternative Energy Corporation (AEC), I have been crawling under, in, and around manufactured homes for the last dozen years, looking for causes of, and solutions to, building energy problems. [continue reading]

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Do You Dig Ground Source Heat Pumps?

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November 01, 1996

Workers begin installation of the underground coil for a ground source heat pump. The coil will be laid out in a horizontal configuration. [continue reading]

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Unvented Gas Space Heaters: Drainless Sinks?

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September 01, 1996

The other day I went to the building supply store looking for materials for my kitchen remodel. [continue reading]

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Sizing Air Conditioners: If Bigger Is Not Better, What Is?

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September 01, 1996

Since the publication of "Bigger Is Not Better-Sizing Air Conditioners Properly" (HE May/June '95, p. 19), homeowners, builders, and contractors have questioned us about sizing and performance issues raised in that article. [continue reading]

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Putting Pressure on Building Codes

Author: David Brook
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September 01, 1996

Last winter, in Oregon's Willamette Valley, a family was spending their first season in a new custom colonial-style house. [continue reading]

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Preventing Urban Heat Catastrophes

Author: Alan Meier
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July 01, 1996

The heat wave in Chicago last summer created a great deal of human discomfort and, by many estimates, caused over 500 deaths in three days. The overwhelming majority of these deaths occurred in buildings with indoor conditions that were reported as stifling. [continue reading]

How Your Refrigerator Has Kept Its Cool Over 40 Years of Efficiency Improvements

Marianne DiMascio

How Your Refrigerator Has Kept Its Cool Over 40 Years of Efficiency Improvements

One of the great inventions of our time—the modern refrigerator—will get an efficiency makeover when new ...

Rob Nicely, Warrior for Sustainability

Tom White

Rob Nicely, Warrior for Sustainability

I was first impressed by Rob Nicely when I heard him speak these words to an audience of builders, designers, ...

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