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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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HUD Meets the Deadline

Author: Cyril Penn
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January 01, 1994

Faced with an ultimatum from Congress, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Renewal (HUD) issued stricter thermal performance standards for new mobile homes, beating Congress' end-of-October deadline with only one day to spare. [continue reading]

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Rethinking Radon Standards

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November 01, 1993

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a model radon control standard for residential construction, with adoption of the standard expected sometime this winter. [continue reading]

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Checking Out HUD's Proposed Mobile Home Performance Standards

Author: Ron Judkoff
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November 01, 1993

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed new standards aimed at reducing heat loss in new manufactured homes and was expected to issue a final set of standards in late October. [continue reading]

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Doing It Right the First Time Guidelines for Designing and Installing Tight Duct Systems

Author: Karl Stum
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September 01, 1993

The potential energy savings from properly installing duct systems in new homes are enormous. "Doing it right" the first time is simply more cost-effective than fixing a flawed system later. [continue reading]

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Home Alone--Living Off the Grid

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May 01, 1993

When Bob Hammond built a house near Prescott, Arizona, he decided to get off the utility grid. To do so, he designed a home that uses only about 855 kWh of electricity a year, a fraction of the 9,300 kWh of neighboring homes. [continue reading]

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New Construction in New England: The Energy Crafted Home Program

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September 01, 1992

Several electric utilities in New England developed the Energy Crafted Home program to encourage the construction of single-family and multifamily homes that are substantially more energy efficient than those built to code. [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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