Getting Some Shade

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Getting Some Shade

You’re uncomfortable. You feel streaks of sweat starting to inch down your forehead, back, and neck. The sun is relentless. Frantically, you look around for relief. The only thing in sight is a ...

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Indoor Environmental Quality Daydreams and Nightmares

Author: Kirsten Shaw
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May 01, 2011

Building performance renovation contractors and Weatherization Assistance program workers daydream of making homes healthy, comfortable, energy efficient, and durable. But sometimes when they are in the middle of a project, they find their dreams have ... [continue reading]

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Combustible-Gas Leak Detectors

Author: Paul Raymer
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May 01, 2011

You may have heard of houses and neighborhoods exploding due to gas leaks in old pipes under the streets. Inside the home, detecting combustible-gas leaks is an important part of combustion safety testing. Gas connections ... [continue reading]

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Air-Conditioning Best Practices

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May 01, 2011

Recent studies of charge and airflow revealed that as many as eight out of ten A/C systems have incorrect airflow, and seven out of ten systems have incorrect charge. Potential savings from correcting these deficiencies are substantial. [continue reading]

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The SCARY Crawl Space

Author: David Hales
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January 05, 2011

We build crawl spaces because they are cheaper than basements. But controlling moisture can be a challenge, depending on the climate zone. [continue reading]

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Combustion Appliance Testing: Why, How, When?

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November 07, 2010

Combustion appliance testing, before and after weatherizing a home, is an absolute necessity to protect homeowners from the effects of CO gas and other combustion products. Learn the BPI test procedures. [continue reading]

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Unusual Wood-Burning Insert Installation

Author: John Krigger
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November 07, 2010

Energy expert continues to learn from a deep energy retrofit of his Montana Home. This time he's installing a wood-burning stove to save money, add ambiance, and provide security during emergencies - like when runaway trains knock out a town's power. [continue reading]

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Rick Barnett

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Space conditioning is the biggest piece of the residential energy pie, and thermal shell improvement is a homeowner's best opportunity ...

The Future is Now—Or At Least Nearer with ORNL’s 3D-Printed House and Car

Marlene Taylor

The Future is Now—Or At Least Nearer with ORNL’s 3D-Printed House and Car

Energy supplies and efficiency in new home construction took an interesting turn when researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) ...

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