Weather-Stripping Windows with V-Strip

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Weather-Stripping Windows with V-Strip

An in-depth window study on six homes compares the effectiveness of plastic vs. metal weatherstripping.

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Out The Window with U-Guessed-It Values

Author: Jim Obst
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July 01, 1993

Thermal performance in a window is expressed as a "U-value," a measure of heat transfer through it--the greater the heat loss, the higher the U-value. [continue reading]

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From the Southwest, Unconventional Insulations

Author: Garry Tanner
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March 01, 1993

The sunny Southwest is home to some new and offbeat ideas about building insulation. Plastered straw bales, first used as a building material by settlers in the Sandhills of Nebraska in the 1890s, are now reemerging as an energy-efficient and frugal insulation material. [continue reading]

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Attic Insulation R-Values-Who's Fluffing?

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January 01, 1993

In the highly competitive home building industry, successful builders learn quickly that to stay in business they must keep construction costs down. Unfortunately, some builders cut costs by skimping on energy features. [continue reading]

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Minnesota Tightens Fiberglass Insulation Standards

Author: Cyril Penn
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January 01, 1993

Citing recent research confirming that fiberglass insulation loses effectiveness in extremely cold temperatures, Minnesota has adopted a state building code revision which includes a requirement that "all insulation materials must achieve their stated performance at 75deg.F and no less than stated performance at winter design conditions. [continue reading]

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Radiant Barrier Update

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July 01, 1992

When Home Energy last covered radiant barriers (May/June '89 and Nov/Dec '89), the level of confusion and outright misstatements associated with radiant barriers were at an all-time high. S [continue reading]

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Convective Loss in Loose-Fill Attic Insulation

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May 01, 1992

Commonly held assumptions about how insulation works are being refuted, and some long-standing mysteries solved by experiments at a new, large testing facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). [continue reading]

Survey - Healthy Efficient New California Homes Study

Wanyu Rengie Chan

Survey - Healthy Efficient New California Homes Study

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is conducting a research study on new homes in California. We invite you to participate in ...

New Report Reveals Importance of Energy Efficiency in Keeping Electricity Rates Low

Allison Eckley

New Report Reveals Importance of Energy Efficiency in Keeping Electricity Rates Low

Clean energy is no longer a niche industry—its presence continues to expand nationwide, with the most recent impacts ...

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