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Handling Framing Details in High-Performance Homes

Author: John Tooley
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May 01, 1999

The location and installed integrity of the 3C barrier will dictate the comfort, health, and safety of the home's occupants; the durability of the structure; and the amount of energy required to heat and cool the home. [continue reading]

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Earth Building Takes New Shapes

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May 01, 1999

It takes a long time for even the hottest summer sun to warm up a heavy earthen structure. That's one reason that earth has been a popular building material in hot climates for many centuries and is still common in the sizzling Southwest where I live. [continue reading]

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A California Earthen Home

Author: Mary James
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May 01, 1999

In the Wine Country of Northern California, where July and August daytime temperatures are dependably in the 90s and can top 100°F, building a 6,000 ft2 home and not installing air conditioning seems naive. [continue reading]

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Prefab Utility Walls Save Up-Front Costs

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March 01, 1999

A new product called the Residential Utility Core Wall (ResCore) can save from $500 to more than $2,000 in construction costs for site-built homes. [continue reading]

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The High-Performance House--What Does it Take?

Author: John Tooley
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March 01, 1999

Life is full of bumps and holes. But in a well-constructed house, no bumps or holes should interrupt the boundary between conditioned and unconditioned space or the barrier that prevents air movement between the outside and the inside. [continue reading]

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Southwest Utility Offers Energy Cost Guarantee

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March 01, 1999

Anticipating the greater demand for customer service under electric utility restructuring, Tucson Electric Power (TEP), on April 1, 1997, launched its Heating, Cooling & Comfort Guarantee (TEP Guarantee) home certification program. [continue reading]

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Choosing a Basement Wall System

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March 01, 1999

Twenty years ago, standard concrete masonry block and cast-in-place (CIP) concrete basement foundation wall systems were the norm for single-family, low-rise housing. [continue reading]

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Building Science Professor Puts Theory into Practice

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March 01, 1999

On a small lot in Maine, I finally had the opportunity to put into practice the principles and concepts that I have taught for 18 years. [continue reading]

Join DOE for a Webinar on Home Energy Score

Joan Glickman

Join DOE for a Webinar on Home Energy Score

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the release of a new online simulation tool that provides free, targeted ...

Water Heaters Get an Efficiency Makeover Courtesy of DOE

Marianne DiMascio

Water Heaters Get an Efficiency Makeover Courtesy of DOE

From the rustic 1850s pump shower to the 1920s Humphrey automatic to today’s modern ...

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