HVAC to Whole-House Performance Contractor?

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HVAC to Whole-House Performance Contractor?

Guidelines and best practices for making the profitable transition into whole-house work.

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New Jargon for the Trades

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July 01, 1998

Today, you may be an insulator, HVAC technician, or builder. Maybe you're a lighting designer, or a publicist for efficient buildings. But in the new market, you will be an energy efficiency service provider. [continue reading]

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Efficiency Sells for ESP

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July 01, 1998

Sometimes, energy service providers (ESPs) don't need the state to subsidize their energy efficiency services. [continue reading]

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First Step in Cellulose Sealing: Spot the Style

Author: Fred Lugano
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May 01, 1998

For the last 16 years, I have run a company called Lake Construction in Vermont. We use cellulose insulation to improve health, safety, durability, comfort, and energy efficiency in many styles of buildings. [continue reading]

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The Uncurable Soot Mystery

Author: Zolton Cohen
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May 01, 1998

On a recent investigation, I discovered two causes of carbon monoxide (CO) and soot stains in a home. Once I found those first two problems, along with reasons to rule out the other likely sources of pollution, I was blind to the actual culprit. [continue reading]

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5 Steps to Tract Home Success

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March 01, 1998

Making energy efficiency improvements in a tract home development isn't easy. Not only does the builder have to know how any changes will affect all of the house systems, but all of the subcontractors have to be re-educated. [continue reading]

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ENERGY-CONSCIOUS CONSTRUCTION: Litigation Insurance?

Author: Stan Luhr
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November 01, 1997

The term "construction defect" was little known among builders just a few years ago. Today, cases are popping up all over the country, and class action lawsuits involving defective houses are becoming commonplace. [continue reading]

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

Mariel Wolfson

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Carl Taylor

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Although the concept of geothermal energy is one that's been around since Ancient Romans were snap-whipping their buddies with towels ...

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