What do you get when you cross a deep energy retrofit with an 1880s Victorian-style home?
My wife and I moved into our 1917 American Foursquare house 21 years ago. Before the first winter, we had a contractor blow the sidewalls full of insulation. While he was doing the job, he remarked that ... [continue reading]
Research points to some surprising recommendations for attic hatch installation - thin is not in. [continue reading]
There's an important, although little-known, advantage to cool roofs: They help cool the planet. [continue reading]
Until recently, cool roofing products came only in light shades. Now a wider range of colors and materials are available. [continue reading]
Trying to green or sustain any building component these days is like trying to watch a moving target, and roofs are a prime example. In this column, I’... [continue reading]
Cool roofs cut cooling loads by up to 20% through the use of reflective materials that limit solar heat gain.A conventional cool roof features light-colored surfaces—shades that ... [continue reading]
How do you air seal IC-rated light fixtures that aren't accessible from above? Do the air sealing from below. [continue reading]
Smart building design and construction professionals know that a building is more than a sum of its parts—it&...
I've had a decades-long love affair with dumb, passive houses. Passive. As in do-nothing. I love the design challenge ...