Infiltration of Outdoor Pollutants: Field Notes

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Infiltration of Outdoor Pollutants: Field Notes

Parallel to the research undertaken by Brent Stephens and others (see “Infiltration of Outdoor Pollutants” in the upcoming May/June 2015 issue), there has been a recent Pittsburgh-based initiative called Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in ...

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Safe Air at Home

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September 01, 2011

At Pure Energy, we are finding more and more IAQ problems caused by pollutants that are supposed to be outside the living space, but are being drawn into the living space by unbalanced house pressures. [continue reading]

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Carbon Monoxide Around the House: Comparing Ambient CO Monitors

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July 01, 2011

Carbon monoxide (CO) is really nasty stuff. It’s odorless, colorless, and neutrally buoyant, and it can make you stupid before it kills you. It’s not the kind of stuff you want ... [continue reading]

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Integrating Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes

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July 01, 2011

Why unhealthy homes cause unhealthy occupants. [continue reading]

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Indoor Environmental Quality Daydreams and Nightmares

Author: Kirsten Shaw
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May 01, 2011

Building performance renovation contractors and Weatherization Assistance program workers daydream of making homes healthy, comfortable, energy efficient, and durable. But sometimes when they are in the middle of a project, they find their dreams have ... [continue reading]

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Combustible-Gas Leak Detectors

Author: Paul Raymer
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May 01, 2011

You may have heard of houses and neighborhoods exploding due to gas leaks in old pipes under the streets. Inside the home, detecting combustible-gas leaks is an important part of combustion safety testing. Gas connections ... [continue reading]

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The SCARY Crawl Space

Author: David Hales
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January 05, 2011

We build crawl spaces because they are cheaper than basements. But controlling moisture can be a challenge, depending on the climate zone. [continue reading]

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Combustion Appliance Testing: Why, How, When?

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November 07, 2010

Combustion appliance testing, before and after weatherizing a home, is an absolute necessity to protect homeowners from the effects of CO gas and other combustion products. Learn the BPI test procedures. [continue reading]

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Mold & Rot: Look Before You Leap When Weatherizing

Author: Mac Pierce
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January 06, 2010

Molds are an ancient life form. Neither plants nor animals, molds are members of the Kingdom of the Fungi. Familiar members of the fungal kingdom include molds, mushrooms, and yeasts. Fungi digest spent life, transforming ... [continue reading]

To Zero and Beyond!

Ann Edminster

To Zero and Beyond!

The Net-Zero Energy Coalition convened the second Net-Zero North American Leadership Summit from March 3–5 as part of NESEA’...

The Evolution of Home Energy Management

Charlie Hewitt

The Evolution of Home Energy Management

In the hierarchy of dreaded activities, reviewing the monthly electricity bill ranks alongside stepping on the bathroom scale. As with ...

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