Green Dreamin'

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Green Dreamin'

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

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Carpenter's Omission

Author: Zolton Cohen
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May 06, 2009

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]

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Sealing Attic Hatches

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September 04, 2007

Research points to some surprising recommendations for attic hatch installation - thin is not in. [continue reading]

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Cool Roofs Cool the Planet

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September 11, 2006

There's an important, although little-known, advantage to cool roofs: They help cool the planet. [continue reading]

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Cool-Colored Roofs

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June 08, 2006

Until recently, cool roofing products came only in light shades. Now a wider range of colors and materials are available. [continue reading]

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Greening Your Roof

Author: Jim LaRue
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May 01, 2006

        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]

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Cool-Colored Roofs

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March 02, 2006

        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]

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Further Wrestling with Recessed-Can Lights

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September 01, 2005

How do you air seal IC-rated light fixtures that aren't accessible from above? Do the air sealing from below. [continue reading]

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Attic Accesses: High Priority or No Big Deal?

Author: Jim Melesky
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March 01, 2005

Some calculations answer the question, How much does proper attic access insulation matter? [continue reading]

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 ...

New Brochure From Independent Rating Agency Shows How To  Evaluate Window Films

Steve Capoccia

New Brochure From Independent Rating Agency Shows How To Evaluate Window Films

Homeowners may continue to enjoy their single pane glass windows and gain energy efficient advantages for up to 80% ...

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