Vermiculite Attic Insulation, or What's in Your Attic?

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Vermiculite Attic Insulation, or What's in Your Attic?

Oh, the irony. Zonolite Attic Insulation (ZAI), was once marketed as a perfectly safe, inexpensive, do-it-yourself attic insulation for home improvement projects. Today, the presence of ZAI represents an expensive professional abatement job for a ...

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Vermiculite Attic Insulation, or What's in Your Attic?

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April 01, 2018

Oh, the irony. Zonolite Attic Insulation (ZAI), was once marketed as a perfectly safe, inexpensive, do-it-yourself attic insulation for home improvement projects. Today, the presence of ZAI represents an expensive professional abatement job for a ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: The Discreet Charm of Attics and Crawl Spaces

Author: Alan Meier
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December 29, 2015

You would be professionally remiss if you did not read “Attics and Crawl Spaces” in this issue. The article by Terry Nordbye is a valuable reminder that home performance problems too often begin ... [continue reading]

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Honey, why is water dripping from the ceiling when it's bright and sunny outside?

Author: Bob Wendt
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January 01, 2015

This past February I received the following e-mail: Hi, Guys, We've had trouble with water spots on the ceiling since late last fall, and our builder tells us it's the result of melting snow—... [continue reading]

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Unvented Attics: Encapsulating with Spray Polyurethane Foam

Author: Brett Dillon
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November 01, 2013

The idea behind venting to remove moisture is to allow it to escape out. Unfortunately in humid climates, it's much more complicated. [continue reading]

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Green Dreamin'

Author: Lee Chilcote
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July 02, 2012

What do you get when you cross a deep energy retrofit with an 1880s Victorian-style home? [continue reading]

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Bag It and Forget It!

Author: Kevin Hogan
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September 03, 2011

In 2010, I started looking for an inexpensive yet practical way to install a " plug" in the floor cavities between the first and second floors in balloon-framed homes. [continue reading]

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Comparing Open- and Closed-Cell Foams

Author: Ed Wyatt
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November 04, 2010

Q. Home performance contracting is new to us at our residential heating and cooling company in the Northeast. We are trying to do best by our customers as we learn on the go. One issue ... [continue reading]

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An Ice Problem

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May 02, 2010

Credit: John Noble Q: I was just reading an article you have online regarding ridge vents and soffits (see “Out, Out Dammed Ice,” Nov/Dec ’96, p. 21). Our house was built in 1997. We ... [continue reading]

Vermont is Helping its Homeowners Reduce Energy Waste and Save on Energy Bills

Kayla Dewitt

Vermont is Helping its Homeowners Reduce Energy Waste and Save on Energy Bills

(This "EERE Success Story" is one of a series of posts from DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office. See ...

Data Driven Market Transformation: Or How to Score Cheap Concert Tickets

Milton Matter

Data Driven Market Transformation: Or How to Score Cheap Concert Tickets

When my fifteen-year-old son returned with a concert ticket in one hand and cash in the other, that’s ...

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