Comparing Eight Cold-Climate PH Envelopes

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Comparing Eight Cold-Climate PH Envelopes

Passive Houses with different wall systems are studied to see what their life cycle energy and carbon savings are compared to conventionally built homes.

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ICFs and HERS: Guaranteed Performance, Easy Financing

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July 01, 1998

For the last 10 years, Reward Wall Systems, a manufacturer of insulating concrete forms (ICFs) in Omaha, Nebraska, has offered an energy guarantee: their ICFs save homeowners 70% on heating and cooling compared to the 1992 Model Energy Code (MEC), or Reward pays 110% of the difference in energy costs. [continue reading]

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Efficient Plans Run Into Reality

Author: Lori Marsh
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July 01, 1998

In the summer of 1996, I signed on the dotted line and set in motion the construction of my dream home. This was not my first experience with home ownership, but it was my first time having a home built. [continue reading]

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Affordable Housing: Efficient and Educational

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May 01, 1998

Housing cannot be truly affordable unless it is affordable to live in. A new low-income housing development in Chicago, called Parkside Estates, uses energy-saving technologies to lower operating costs without increasing purchase price. [continue reading]

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High-Efficiency Homes: Moving Markets, Updating Codes

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May 01, 1998

Builder education takes many forms. One of the most effective ways for builders to learn new techniques is to walk a construction site ask questions. When the site turns into a home where residents feel comfortable and save money, the students use the techniques they learned. [continue reading]

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5 Steps to Tract Home Success

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March 01, 1998

Making energy efficiency improvements in a tract home development isn't easy. Not only does the builder have to know how any changes will affect all of the house systems, but all of the subcontractors have to be re-educated. [continue reading]

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Home Performance for the Lungs

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March 01, 1998

Feeling victorious in the war on cigarettes, state affiliates of the American Lung Association (ALA) are taking on indoor air pollution. [continue reading]

Spend a Weekend Weatherizing Your House: You Will Reap the Benefits for Years

Lee Wallender

Spend a Weekend Weatherizing Your House: You Will Reap the Benefits for Years

If you could tackle a few easy tasks that would keep you warm and snug all winter – and save ...

BPI's Home Energy Auditing Standard Published as ANSI Standard

Mike Kandel

BPI's Home Energy Auditing Standard Published as ANSI Standard

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is proud to announce that BPI-1100-T-2014: Home Energy Auditing Standard has been published ...

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