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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Guaranteed Home Energy Efficiency

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September 01, 1997

Few homeowners really know how much money they squander on heating and cooling their new homes. Part of the problem is that they often see the road to greater residential energy efficiency as paved with a variety of expensive super-solutions, such as a super-efficient appliance or a super-insulated home. [continue reading]

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Rock Wool Fills the Void

Author: Arnie Katz
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July 01, 1997

Mention rock wool to most people in the energy audit and retrofit business and you get a visceral reaction. Immediately they start scratching and coughing, recalling dusty mats from old homes, heavy with 40 years of accumulated mouse droppings. [continue reading]

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Creating an Energy Efficient Habitat

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July 01, 1997

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) has helped over 50,000 families obtain affordable housing. Thanks to the commitment and partnership of thousands of volunteers and homeowners, Habitat has become one of the most respected humanitarian organizations and the 20th largest home builder in the United States. [continue reading]

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Contractors Face Changing Marketplace

Author: Ann Kelly
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May 01, 1997

If a nationally known expert on building trends is correct, the home retrofit and remodeling marketplace will become dominated by corporate players who sell contracting services with their products. [continue reading]

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Remodeling with the Sun

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May 01, 1997

The passion for passive solar is not what it used to be; enthusiasm peaked sometime in the late 1970s. Today, even energy-conscious builders focus on improving insulation and air tightness more than on how the remodeled house will interact with the sun. [continue reading]

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Chicago Apartments Get New Lease on Life

Author: Paul Knight
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March 01, 1997

Walking through abandoned multifamily buildings is urban spelunking. The buildings are dark, dreary, and damp. Water drips in from the roof. Pitfalls abound. One must be cautious of dark shafts and mounds of who-knows-what. H [continue reading]

How to Make Sure Your Kids Grow Up to Be Energy-Conscious Adults

Kurt Jacobson

How to Make Sure Your Kids Grow Up to Be Energy-Conscious Adults

Do you know that, according to the DOE, the United States uses up energy worth nearly a million dollars every ...

Debunked: 3 Myths About Fiberglass Windows

Paul Kazlov

Debunked: 3 Myths About Fiberglass Windows

The different types of windows homeowners might consider may include wood, vinyl, and fiberglass. Most people think that wood is ...

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