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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Today's Weather: Rain in the Living Room!

Author: Bruce Davis
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March 01, 1997

Last summer, the Applied Building Science Center received a call to investigate a North Carolina multifamily residence where it was raining inside the apartment. This home serves as an example of the need for good air sealing and a whole-building approach. [continue reading]

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Florida House Aglow with Lighting Retrofit

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January 01, 1997

Most lighting studies focus on average lighting energy use or on how much energy can be saved by retrofitting large numbers of homes. However, at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), we were interested in finding out how much lighting energy we could save in a single house. [continue reading]

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Energy-Efficient Window Retrofits: Install with Care

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January 01, 1997

Retrofitting a house with high- performance windows can produce significant energy savings and improved comfort. However, when the right window is installed incorrectly--or worse yet, the wrong window is installed incorrectly--energy savings will be few, structure and furnishings may be damaged, and the occupants' safety may be jeopardized. [continue reading]

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Take It Outside: Water Heaters Get Fired Up

Author: Ted Rieger
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November 01, 1996

In much of the United States, converting electric water heaters to gas can reduce household energy costs. However, many properties-particularly multifamily homes-have space limitations or venting problems that make such a retrofit impossible. [continue reading]

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Out, Out Dammed Ice!

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November 01, 1996

Anyone who has lived in a snowy climate has seen ice dams. Thick bands of ice form along the eaves of homes, causing millions of dollars of structural damage every year. [continue reading]

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Roofing and Siding Rehabs get an Energy Fix

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November 01, 1996

The old adage says, "Within every problem lies an opportunity." This is certainly the case when it comes to residing or reroofing a home. [continue reading]

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Insulation: The Inside Story

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September 01, 1996

In hilly cities, there are often uninsulated balloon-framed houses on very steep hillsides. This forces insulators to go up 40 feet on ladders to insulate. Meanwhile, tight clearances between homes make the walls truly inaccessible. [continue reading]

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City Requires Energy Ratings for Loans

Author: Nan Wishner
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July 01, 1996

The city of Pomona, California, is one of the first in the country to require home energy ratings for homes receiving city assistance for mortgages or rehabilitation. [continue reading]

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