Weather-Stripping Windows with V-Strip
An in-depth window study on six homes compares the effectiveness of plastic vs. metal weatherstripping.
Q We are building a new passive-solar home and have had difficulty finding commercially available low-U, high solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) windows. The specs quoted for the windows in the Home ... [continue reading]
There's an important, although little-known, advantage to cool roofs: They help cool the planet. [continue reading]
A vapor retarder that changes permeability with changing relative humidity provides added protection against moisture problems in exterior walls. [continue reading]
Build your crawlspaces to keep energy losses to a minimum, while also keeping your pipes from freezing. [continue reading]
Daylighting: A method of illuminating building interiors with natural light so that the use of artificial lighting is reduced in the daytime. Common daylighting strategies include the proper orientation ... [continue reading]
Smart building design and construction professionals know that a building is more than a sum of its parts—it&...
I've had a decades-long love affair with dumb, passive houses. Passive. As in do-nothing. I love the design challenge ...