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 ...
Conventional hydronic radiant floor (HRF) heating systems offer significant comfort and efficiency benefits compared to conventional forced air systems. Comfort is improved by delivering heat low, where the people ... [continue reading]
Cool roofs cut cooling loads by up to 20% through the use of reflective materials that limit solar heat gain.A conventional cool roof features light-colored surfaces—shades that ... [continue reading]
According to the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI), the humidity level in a bathroom during a bath or shower “is like that in a tropical rain forest—uncomfortable, ... [continue reading]
The Building Performance Institute, Incorporated (BPI), is providing its accredited contractors and certified professionals with new opportunities to distinguish themselves from their competition in the building performance marketplace. BPI ... [continue reading]
While politicians were debating how many billions in tax breaks should go to the energy industry and how much should go to renewable resources, home inspectors have been uncovering ... [continue reading]
While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...
Although the concept of geothermal energy is one that's been around since Ancient Romans were snap-whipping their buddies with towels ...