Past, Present, Future: Directions in Single-Family Energy Auditing and Retrofits

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Past, Present, Future: Directions in Single-Family Energy Auditing and Retrofits

Round-robin energy audits and a building science stakeholder survey help to inform technical and policy discussions for single-family homes.

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Insulation in the heating system--A Source of Black Stains

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November 01, 1998

Stains in homes have many different sources. In my job as an industrial hygienist, I have seen a wide variety of substances that can create stains, including mold growth, vehicle exhaust, combustion appliances, tobacco smoke, cooking fumes, and even candles (see "Black Stains in Houses: Soot, Dust, or Ghosts?" HE Jan/Feb '98, p. 15). [continue reading]

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Home Energy Audits--Only a Web Site Away

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November 01, 1998

Fifteen forward-looking utilities are offering their residential customers a chance to perform energy audits on their own homes, any time of the day, for free. The customers can simply go to the utility's Web site, enter their utility account number, and spend 30 minutes answering questions on-line about their home, appliances, and usage patterns. [continue reading]

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Sampling Stains for Fun and Profit

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September 01, 1998

It's happening more and more-home performance specialists are getting calls from homeowners complaining of a "mysterious stain." Maybe the occupants think it's mold, and they're worried-could it be Stachybotrys atra, which has been linked to sudden infant death syndrome? [continue reading]

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Massachusetts Audits: MORE SMILES THAN SAVINGS

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July 01, 1998

Massachusetts is the hold-out. When the federal Residential Conservation Service law expired in 1990, most states got rid of mandatory home energy audits. But a 1980 state law still requires Massachusetts electric and gas utilities to provide home energy audits to customers on demand, paid for by a surcharge on energy bills. [continue reading]

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Houses Survive the Freeze

Author: Don Fugler
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May 01, 1998

In the middle of Canada's greatest natural disaster, building scientists were called upon to offer advice. Five days of relentless freezing rain brought down millions of trees and 230 high-voltage electric transmission towers. [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]

 Housing Innovation Awards Recognize Leadership in Residential Efficiency

Sam Rashkin

Housing Innovation Awards Recognize Leadership in Residential Efficiency

Today’s housing market is incredibly competitive. Constructing homes that sell and that continue to delight homeowners for years ...

5 Ways to Improve Homeowners' Energy Efficiency Outdoors

Josh Weiss-Roessler

5 Ways to Improve Homeowners' Energy Efficiency Outdoors

When most people think about ways to save energy in their home, their minds first go to insulation. It makes ...

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