When Retrofitting A/C, Do the Ducts Too?

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When Retrofitting A/C, Do the Ducts Too?

Three contractors weigh in on the often complicated decision homeowners have to make when repairing, reconfiguring, or replacing their ducts.

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Conventional fireplaces are incompatible with new, tighter housing, or with weatherized homes because of their large air requirements and the incomplete combustion products they produce. [continue reading]


Rethinking Radon Standards

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a model radon control standard for residential construction, with adoption of the standard expected sometime this winter. [continue reading]


Affordable Cooling with Window Air Conditioners

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July 01, 1993

While families in southern climates use a considerable amount of energy during the cooling season, conservation programs aimed at reducing air conditioning electricity consumption usually only target homes with central air conditioning, reflecting a general belief that homes with window units can't produce significant savings. [continue reading]


Building Tightness Guidelines: When Is a House Too Tight?

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After more than a decade of training and field experience, low-income weatherization crews are substantially increasing the air tightness of homes. [continue reading]

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Energy Code Enforcement is Part of the Foundation

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Why I Love Dumb, Passive Do-Nothing Houses

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I've had a decades-long love affair with dumb, passive houses. Passive. As in do-nothing. I love the design challenge ...

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