Infiltration of Outdoor Pollutants

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Infiltration of Outdoor Pollutants

How building airtightness and pollutant characteristics affect the transport of outdoor air pollution into the indoor environment

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Occupants Pollute Healthy Homes

Author: Gene Bodzin
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September 01, 1998

It is common knowledge that living in a well-ventilated house can help a family be more comfortable. But how much can good ventilation help protect the occupants of a house against indoor air pollution? [continue reading]

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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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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]

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Home Performance for the Lungs

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March 01, 1998

Feeling victorious in the war on cigarettes, state affiliates of the American Lung Association (ALA) are taking on indoor air pollution. [continue reading]

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Candle Makers Take Heat on Ghosting

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March 01, 1998

In the Jan/Feb issue of Home Energy, we reported on the causes of so-called ghosting stains in houses. Frank Vigil of Advanced Energy, along with other building scientists, concluded that these stains are often caused by soot, primarily soot from burning candles. [continue reading]

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Regulating Ventless Heaters

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January 01, 1998

Ventless gas heaters have seen sales take off over the past few years, buoyed by their low cost, attractive design, and high efficiency. [continue reading]

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Rick Barnett

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Space conditioning is the biggest piece of the residential energy pie, and thermal shell improvement is a homeowner's best opportunity ...

The Future is Now—Or At Least Nearer with ORNL’s 3D-Printed House and Car

Marlene Taylor

The Future is Now—Or At Least Nearer with ORNL’s 3D-Printed House and Car

Energy supplies and efficiency in new home construction took an interesting turn when researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) ...

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