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Postretrofit News and Analysis

Our house was built in 1951, but Michele and I have been living there since 2007. I’ve met the two previous owners. One was careful about keeping the house comfortable and efficient—the other ...

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Wall R-Values that Tell It Like It Is

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March 01, 1997

Several new wall systems are gaining popularity, due to increasing interest in energy efficiency, alternatives to dimensional wood framing, and building sustainable structures. [continue reading]

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Heat Pumps and Manufactured Homes: Making the Marriage Work

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November 01, 1996

In my job as the factory-built home specialist for North Carolina's Alternative Energy Corporation (AEC), I have been crawling under, in, and around manufactured homes for the last dozen years, looking for causes of, and solutions to, building energy problems. [continue reading]

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Advanced Houses: The Canadian Experience

Author: Tim Mayo and Robin Sinha
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September 01, 1996

The goal of Canada's Advanced Houses program was to build houses that are far more energy efficient, environmentally benign, and healthy for occupants than typical Canadian houses. [continue reading]

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New Pioneering in Straw Bale Building

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July 01, 1996

No, they're not living in haylofts. The horses don't knock the houses down for bedding. And the big bad wolf doesn't chase the residents off in search of bricks and mortar. [continue reading]

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A Plan to Stop Fluffing and Cheating in Attic Insulation

Author: Nan Wishner
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May 01, 1996

In the mid-1980s, a Georgia utility became concerned about the large number of attic insulation jobs being done for its energy-efficient home construction program that failed to meet the program's standards. [continue reading]

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Building the Suncube

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May 01, 1996

Armed with a home equity loan, a contractor's license, and some knowledge of energy-efficient technologies, I built an affordable, passive-solar house in Chico, California. [continue reading]

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Off-Grid in a Cold City: The Alberta Sustainable Home

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March 01, 1996

The Alberta Sustainable Home is a new suburban three-bedroom house and office that will soon be independent of the sewer, electric, and water systems. [continue reading]

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Creating Quality in New Construction: A Practitioner's Perspective

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January 01, 1996

A visit to homes under construction will reveal that builders are rarely utilizing the most basic energy-efficient building and design principles. [continue reading]

Energy Innovation

Rick Barnett

Energy Innovation

Space conditioning is the biggest piece of the residential energy pie, and thermal shell improvement is a homeowner's best opportunity ...

The Future is Now—Or At Least Nearer with ORNL’s 3D-Printed House and Car

Marlene Taylor

The Future is Now—Or At Least Nearer with ORNL’s 3D-Printed House and Car

Energy supplies and efficiency in new home construction took an interesting turn when researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) ...

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