California Residential Retrofits: Ten Important Lessons Learned

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California Residential Retrofits: Ten Important Lessons Learned

The potential for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through retrofitting existing homes offers major incentives for future work.

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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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New Wall System Keeps the Lead Out and the Heat In

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November 01, 1997

The presence of lead-based paint in older multifamily housing is a major public health concern. Dealing with these lead hazards offers opportunities for improving not only the health of the occupants but also the energy performance of the units. [continue reading]

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Sick Houses: Using Diagnostic Tools to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Author: Scott Finley
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November 01, 1997

"Sick building syndrome" is caused by everything from dangerous molds to meteorological occurrences. Improving the indoor air quality of these buildings calls for careful diagnostics and even more careful removal of and repairs to problem areas. [continue reading]

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Insulation Tricks for a Midwestern Climate

Author: Don Otto
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November 01, 1997

Being a general contractor, I have enough to do during construction without trying to invent new methods to address energy efficiency and indoor air quality questions. [continue reading]

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Creating Windows of Energy-Saving Opportunity

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September 01, 1997

Renovating historic homes is a tricky and sometimes onerous task. The desire to retain the historic character of the building, and in some cases the actual historic material, competes with the desire to improve energy performance. [continue reading]

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Getting the Lead Out of Windows

Author: Nancy Boone
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September 01, 1997

Flaking paint and paint dust from old windows is a potential source of lead hazard. To eliminate the hazard of lead paint you can either remove the paint or remove the window. [continue reading]

How Your Refrigerator Has Kept Its Cool Over 40 Years of Efficiency Improvements

Marianne DiMascio

How Your Refrigerator Has Kept Its Cool Over 40 Years of Efficiency Improvements

One of the great inventions of our time—the modern refrigerator—will get an efficiency makeover when new ...

Rob Nicely, Warrior for Sustainability

Tom White

Rob Nicely, Warrior for Sustainability

I was first impressed by Rob Nicely when I heard him speak these words to an audience of builders, designers, ...

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