Weather-Stripping Windows with V-Strip
An in-depth window study on six homes compares the effectiveness of plastic vs. metal weatherstripping.
Choosing fenestration strategies matched to climate and facade can substantially improve a home's energy performance and the comfort of its occupants in all seasons. [continue reading]
Your house's walls and windows-what building professionals call the building envelope or shell-are supposed to prevent air from moving through them. [continue reading]
Recent improvements to window technology make substantial air conditioning energy savings possible. However, shading remains a time-tested method to accomplish the same end. [continue reading]
The main barriers to choosing high-efficiency windows are lack of product awareness and cost considerations. As a result, residential construction professionals play a key role in promoting wise window choices to their clients. [continue reading]
Although new, high-performance windows are the ideal, simply putting up storm windows in the wintertime can be a very effective alternative. [continue reading]
Twenty years ago, ratings for residential windows were not an issue-single-pane, clear glass was the norm, and double glazing was clearly better. [continue reading]
The success of window ratings programs, from the United Kingdom to Korea, depends on consistent, accurate, and inexpensive software. [continue reading]
Renovating historic homes is a tricky and sometimes onerous task. The desire to retain the historic character of the building, and in some cases the actual historic material, competes with the desire to improve energy performance. [continue reading]
While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...
Although the concept of geothermal energy is one that's been around since Ancient Romans were snap-whipping their buddies with towels ...