The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces
The debate on how best to treat crawl spaces has gone on for decades, and the building codes regulating crawl space design have constantly evolved. For a long time the entrenched thinking was to rely ...
Canadian building scientists and a family of four set out to build a home that uses nine times less energy than the average - and half the water. [continue reading]
Enlarge Image> On October 13, 2009, the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) signed an agreement with environmental advocates and other groups, notably the California Energy Commission and leading utilities. This agreement on regional standards for ... [continue reading]
Electrically Commutated Motors (ECM) in air-handler fans promise improved efficiency. But does improved technology necessarily mean efficient HVAC systems? [continue reading]
The mantra of responsible new home building has been make it tight and ventilate right. Works for existing homes too. [continue reading]
The relationship between tree shading and summertime home energy consumption has long been a topic of interest, and has been the subject of many simulations and small-scale studies. A recent study, led by Geoffrey Donovan, ... [continue reading]
While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...
Although the concept of geothermal energy is one that's been around since Ancient Romans were snap-whipping their buddies with towels ...