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A California Earthen Home

Author: Mary James
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May 01, 1999

In the Wine Country of Northern California, where July and August daytime temperatures are dependably in the 90s and can top 100°F, building a 6,000 ft2 home and not installing air conditioning seems naive. [continue reading]

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Prefab Utility Walls Save Up-Front Costs

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March 01, 1999

A new product called the Residential Utility Core Wall (ResCore) can save from $500 to more than $2,000 in construction costs for site-built homes. [continue reading]

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The High-Performance House--What Does it Take?

Author: John Tooley
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March 01, 1999

Life is full of bumps and holes. But in a well-constructed house, no bumps or holes should interrupt the boundary between conditioned and unconditioned space or the barrier that prevents air movement between the outside and the inside. [continue reading]

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Southwest Utility Offers Energy Cost Guarantee

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March 01, 1999

Anticipating the greater demand for customer service under electric utility restructuring, Tucson Electric Power (TEP), on April 1, 1997, launched its Heating, Cooling & Comfort Guarantee (TEP Guarantee) home certification program. [continue reading]

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Choosing a Basement Wall System

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March 01, 1999

Twenty years ago, standard concrete masonry block and cast-in-place (CIP) concrete basement foundation wall systems were the norm for single-family, low-rise housing. [continue reading]

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Building Science Professor Puts Theory into Practice

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March 01, 1999

On a small lot in Maine, I finally had the opportunity to put into practice the principles and concepts that I have taught for 18 years. [continue reading]

Energy Code Enforcement is Part of the Foundation

Caitriona Cooke

Energy Code Enforcement is Part of the Foundation

Smart building design and construction professionals know that a building is more than a sum of its parts—it&...

Why I Love Dumb, Passive Do-Nothing Houses

Shawna Henderson

Why I Love Dumb, Passive Do-Nothing Houses

I've had a decades-long love affair with dumb, passive houses. Passive. As in do-nothing. I love the design challenge ...

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