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 ...
It's happening more and more-home performance specialists are getting calls from homeowners complaining of a "mysterious stain." Maybe the occupants think it's mold, and they're worried-could it be Stachybotrys atra, which has been linked to sudden infant death syndrome? [continue reading]
When my family and I had our home built here in North Carolina, good ventilation and air filtration were top priorities because my daughter has problems with allergies and asthma. [continue reading]
As part of a $25 million per year federally and locally funded program, approximately 9,000 homes in the immediate area of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, are being fitted with soundproofing measures. [continue reading]
Most duct leakage could be prevented with proper duct sealing. But field examinations often find seals failing over time. [continue reading]
A whole-house, centralized control system can be pretty "gee whiz." Promoters of such systems talk of "preset scenarios" or "modes." For example, with the push of one button (on a remote control, a car phone, or a work computer, [continue reading]
On a recent investigation, I discovered two causes of carbon monoxide (CO) and soot stains in a home. Once I found those first two problems, along with reasons to rule out the other likely sources of pollution, I was blind to the actual culprit. [continue reading]
Huge changes are happening across a variety of industries that will significantly change the way we live. These include the ...
While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...