The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

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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 ...

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Regulating Ventless Heaters

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January 01, 1998

Ventless gas heaters have seen sales take off over the past few years, buoyed by their low cost, attractive design, and high efficiency. [continue reading]

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Black Stains in Houses: Soot, Dust, or Ghosts?

Author: Frank Vigil
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January 01, 1998

By now, we've all heard about "black soot" or "ghosting"--one of the hottest topics in the building industry today. [continue reading]

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Pressure Pans: New Uses and Old Fundamentals

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January 01, 1998

Duct leakage continues to be one of the biggest home performance problems, so duct sealing retrofits are in steady demand. Here at Ecotope and Delta-T, we've discovered a way for advanced duct sealers to speed up their diagnostics. [continue reading]

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Not Your Daddy's Duct Sealing Method

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January 01, 1998

In new homes and older homes, significant amounts of energy can be saved simply by paying close attention to how a duct system is installed and what materials are used in the installation. [continue reading]

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Home, Home on the Range Hood

Author: Dave Brook
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November 01, 1997

Exhausting heat and moisture in the summer can keep a house cooler and reduce air conditioning costs. And running a fan whenever someone is cooking will eliminate most water vapor, grease, and combustion products from the kitchen. [continue reading]

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Thermostats That Feel the Heat

Author: Tom Wilson
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November 01, 1997

Most American thermostats measure only air temperature. But there are numerous other elements that affect thermal comfort, and some of these can be used to turn HVAC equipment on and off. [continue reading]

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

Mariel Wolfson

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Carl Taylor

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Although the concept of geothermal energy is one that's been around since Ancient Romans were snap-whipping their buddies with towels ...

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