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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Wisconsin Utilities Prime the Whole-House Pump

Author: Mary James
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January 01, 1999

The whole-house concept represents a shift from an exclusive focus on efficiency to a broader focus on a home's health and safety, comfort, durability, and energy efficiency. [continue reading]

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Contractor's Marketing Success

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January 01, 1999

Many contractors have heard of the energy-efficient mortgage (EEM)--a government-sponsored financing tool that allows home buyers to roll the cost of retrofitting their homes with cost-effective, energy-efficient features into a mortgage. [continue reading]

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History in a New Light: The House of the Seven Gables Lighting Retrofit

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November 01, 1998

How many historic preservationists does it take to change a light bulb? Well, a few might consider it, but most won't change a thing. Preservation is the key word here. [continue reading]

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First Step in Cellulose Sealing: Spot the Style

Author: Fred Lugano
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May 01, 1998

For the last 16 years, I have run a company called Lake Construction in Vermont. We use cellulose insulation to improve health, safety, durability, comfort, and energy efficiency in many styles of buildings. [continue reading]

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Not Your Daddy's Duct Sealing Method

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January 01, 1998

In new homes and older homes, significant amounts of energy can be saved simply by paying close attention to how a duct system is installed and what materials are used in the installation. [continue reading]

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New Wall System Keeps the Lead Out and the Heat In

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November 01, 1997

The presence of lead-based paint in older multifamily housing is a major public health concern. Dealing with these lead hazards offers opportunities for improving not only the health of the occupants but also the energy performance of the units. [continue reading]

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Sick Houses: Using Diagnostic Tools to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Author: Scott Finley
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November 01, 1997

"Sick building syndrome" is caused by everything from dangerous molds to meteorological occurrences. Improving the indoor air quality of these buildings calls for careful diagnostics and even more careful removal of and repairs to problem areas. [continue reading]

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Insulation Tricks for a Midwestern Climate

Author: Don Otto
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November 01, 1997

Being a general contractor, I have enough to do during construction without trying to invent new methods to address energy efficiency and indoor air quality questions. [continue reading]

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