Favorite Multifamily Retrofits

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Favorite Multifamily Retrofits

Which retrofit is better: changing the boiler or changing the lighting? There are so many possibilities for multifamily buildings that choosing the "best" retrofit depends a lot on your definition. Are you after the most ...

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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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Creating Windows of Energy-Saving Opportunity

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September 01, 1997

Renovating historic homes is a tricky and sometimes onerous task. The desire to retain the historic character of the building, and in some cases the actual historic material, competes with the desire to improve energy performance. [continue reading]

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Getting the Lead Out of Windows

Author: Nancy Boone
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September 01, 1997

Flaking paint and paint dust from old windows is a potential source of lead hazard. To eliminate the hazard of lead paint you can either remove the paint or remove the window. [continue reading]

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Guaranteed Home Energy Efficiency

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September 01, 1997

Few homeowners really know how much money they squander on heating and cooling their new homes. Part of the problem is that they often see the road to greater residential energy efficiency as paved with a variety of expensive super-solutions, such as a super-efficient appliance or a super-insulated home. [continue reading]

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Rock Wool Fills the Void

Author: Arnie Katz
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July 01, 1997

Mention rock wool to most people in the energy audit and retrofit business and you get a visceral reaction. Immediately they start scratching and coughing, recalling dusty mats from old homes, heavy with 40 years of accumulated mouse droppings. [continue reading]

Sudden, Unexpected Blessing

Jim Gunshinan

Sudden, Unexpected Blessing

When I received an email from Larry Zarker of BPI, informing me that I had been inducted into the BPI ...

Energy Use Patterns in Off-Grid Houses: It's All About the Energy Budget, Right?

Shawna Henderson

Energy Use Patterns in Off-Grid Houses: It's All About the Energy Budget, Right?

I grew up on the West Coast of Canada, and I have had the good fortune to spend lots of ...

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