The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

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The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

The debate on how best to treat crawl spaces has gone on for decades, and the building codes regulating crawl space design have constantly evolved. For a long time the entrenched thinking was to rely ...

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Converting From Steam To Hot Water

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July 01, 2009

Q . Is it feasible to retrofit cast-iron single-pipe steam radiators to work on hot water from a new combined heating/domestic hot water (DHW) system?  And if so, would it ever make sense ... [continue reading]

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Testing Duct Leakage Assumptions

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March 09, 2009

In Midwest houses where little or no ductwork runs though unconditioned spaces, normal assumptions about duct leakage to the outside may not apply. [continue reading]

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The Chimney Balloon

Author: Mark Furst
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March 09, 2009

Most homeowners like to have the option of using the fireplace once in a while. I operate Grading Spaces LLC, Home Inspection and Performance Analysis, serving residences in southern Wisconsin since 2002. It’s the ... [continue reading]

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What Were They Thinking?

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January 02, 2009

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Do CFLs Save Whole-House Energy?

Author: Anil Parekh
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November 06, 2008

If CFLs decrease cooling loads compared to incandescents, but increase heating loads, do they save energy overall? [continue reading]

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Thermostat Setbacks - Do They Really Work?

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November 06, 2008

During the heating and cooling seasons of 2002–2003, the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology (CCHT) ran a series of trials to determine actual energy savings from thermostat setback and setforward. [continue reading]

DOE's Building Science Education Efforts: A Request

Stacy Hunt

DOE's Building Science Education Efforts: A Request

In recent years, DOE has developed the DOE Guidelines for Building Science Education - a set of job-specific ...

Storytelling Our Way to a Better Life

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Storytelling Our Way to a Better Life

The poet Muriel Rukeyser once said something like this: The universe is not made of atoms; it’s made ...

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