What do you get when you cross a deep energy retrofit with an 1880s Victorian-style home?
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]
No, they're not living in haylofts. The horses don't knock the houses down for bedding. And the big bad wolf doesn't chase the residents off in search of bricks and mortar. [continue reading]
Most newer manufactured homes in the Pacific Northwest, as well as many older mobile homes, have a vapor retarder on the inside of the wall cavity--typically right behind the gypsum board. However, many older mobile homes, especially those built before the 1980s, were manufactured with a vapor retarder on the outside of the wall cavity--generally right behind the metal (or sometimes wood) siding. [continue reading]
Just because a wall has R-19 insulation in it does not mean it's an R-19 wall. Using the R-value of the insulation between the studs (the "cavity R-value") as an overall wall R-value is similar to using the center-of-glass value for a window--it ignores the effect of framing. [continue reading]
Rising lumber prices and an erratic market have driven some homebuilders to look for alternatives to wood framing, and steel framing is one option that is grabbing their attention. [continue reading]
Masonry, or concrete block, housing construction is common throughout the southern United States, where cooling demands are significant. [continue reading]
I was at the Energy OutWest Conference several years ago, but a memory still stands out from that event. I ...
I am in San Diego for the Energy Out West conference, and I want to write about it, but while ...