The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

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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 ...

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Sampling Stains for Fun and Profit

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September 01, 1998

It's happening more and more-home performance specialists are getting calls from homeowners complaining of a "mysterious stain." Maybe the occupants think it's mold, and they're worried-could it be Stachybotrys atra, which has been linked to sudden infant death syndrome? [continue reading]

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Building for Better Breathing

Author: Bruce Davis
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September 01, 1998

When my family and I had our home built here in North Carolina, good ventilation and air filtration were top priorities because my daughter has problems with allergies and asthma. [continue reading]

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Loud Planes Put Insulators to Work

Author: Zolton Cohen
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July 01, 1998

As part of a $25 million per year federally and locally funded program, approximately 9,000 homes in the immediate area of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, are being fitted with soundproofing measures. [continue reading]

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Can Duct Tape Take the Heat?

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July 01, 1998

Most duct leakage could be prevented with proper duct sealing. But field examinations often find seals failing over time. [continue reading]

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Taking Control of Energy Use

Author: Lori Marsh
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May 01, 1998

A whole-house, centralized control system can be pretty "gee whiz." Promoters of such systems talk of "preset scenarios" or "modes." For example, with the push of one button (on a remote control, a car phone, or a work computer, [continue reading]

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The Uncurable Soot Mystery

Author: Zolton Cohen
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May 01, 1998

On a recent investigation, I discovered two causes of carbon monoxide (CO) and soot stains in a home. Once I found those first two problems, along with reasons to rule out the other likely sources of pollution, I was blind to the actual culprit. [continue reading]

The Real Women of Home Performance

Amy Beley

The Real Women of Home Performance

At the ACI National Conference this year, I was remiss that there was no official presence of Women in ...

DOE's Building Science Education Efforts: A Request

Stacy Hunt

DOE's Building Science Education Efforts: A Request

In recent years, DOE has developed the DOE Guidelines for Building Science Education - a set of job-specific ...

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