Weather-Stripping Windows with V-Strip
An in-depth window study on six homes compares the effectiveness of plastic vs. metal weatherstripping.
Anyone who has lived in a snowy climate has seen ice dams. Thick bands of ice form along the eaves of homes, causing millions of dollars of structural damage every year. [continue reading]
The old adage says, "Within every problem lies an opportunity." This is certainly the case when it comes to residing or reroofing a home. [continue reading]
Between 50% and 70% of the energy consumed in the typical American home goes toward heating and cooling, accounting for a large chunk of the total energy bill. [continue reading]
In hilly cities, there are often uninsulated balloon-framed houses on very steep hillsides. This forces insulators to go up 40 feet on ladders to insulate. Meanwhile, tight clearances between homes make the walls truly inaccessible. [continue reading]
The heat wave in Chicago last summer created a great deal of human discomfort and, by many estimates, caused over 500 deaths in three days. The overwhelming majority of these deaths occurred in buildings with indoor conditions that were reported as stifling. [continue reading]
Manufacturers of radiant barrier materials claim that their products significantly cut cooling costs by reducing summertime radiant heat gain through attics and ceilings (see "Conservation Clips: Radiant Barriers Test Well," p. 45). A new study confirms that radiant barriers can indeed conserve cooling energy. [continue reading]
I've had a decades-long love affair with dumb, passive houses. Passive. As in do-nothing. I love the design challenge ...
The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the release of a new online simulation tool that provides free, targeted ...