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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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]

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Where Radiant Barriers Really Shine

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July 01, 1996

Manufacturers of radiant barrier materials claim that their products significantly cut cooling costs by reducing summertime radiant heat gain through attics and ceilings (see "Conservation Clips: Radiant Barriers Test Well," p. 45). A new study confirms that radiant barriers can indeed conserve cooling energy. [continue reading]

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Clearing the Air: Filters for Residential Forced-Air Systems

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July 01, 1996

Residential energy auditors commonly find problems caused by dust and other airborne particles in forced-air heating and cooling systems. [continue reading]

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What Drives Cooling Savings in Mobile Homes?

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July 01, 1996

It's cooling season, and if statistics are any indication, utilities, energy technicians, and HVAC contractors will be spending more time than usual dealing with mobile homes this summer. [continue reading]

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Cooling By the Stars

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May 01, 1996

An innovative way to cool houses has recently been tried at two sites in California. It's called night evaporative underfloor cooling storage (NEUCS). [continue reading]

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Radiator Valves Prevent Apartment Overheating

Author: Ted Rieger
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May 01, 1996

Energy auditors cringe when they see open windows cooling off overheated apartments on cold days. By preventing apartment overheating, thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) can cost-effectively reduce space heating energy use, according to a recent study in New York City. [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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