When Retrofitting A/C, Do the Ducts Too?

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When Retrofitting A/C, Do the Ducts Too?

Three contractors weigh in on the often complicated decision homeowners have to make when repairing, reconfiguring, or replacing their ducts.

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Candle Makers Take Heat on Ghosting

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March 01, 1998

In the Jan/Feb issue of Home Energy, we reported on the causes of so-called ghosting stains in houses. Frank Vigil of Advanced Energy, along with other building scientists, concluded that these stains are often caused by soot, primarily soot from burning candles. [continue reading]

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Regulating Ventless Heaters

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January 01, 1998

Ventless gas heaters have seen sales take off over the past few years, buoyed by their low cost, attractive design, and high efficiency. [continue reading]

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Black Stains in Houses: Soot, Dust, or Ghosts?

Author: Frank Vigil
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January 01, 1998

By now, we've all heard about "black soot" or "ghosting"--one of the hottest topics in the building industry today. [continue reading]

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New Wall System Keeps the Lead Out and the Heat In

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November 01, 1997

The presence of lead-based paint in older multifamily housing is a major public health concern. Dealing with these lead hazards offers opportunities for improving not only the health of the occupants but also the energy performance of the units. [continue reading]

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Home, Home on the Range Hood

Author: Dave Brook
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November 01, 1997

Exhausting heat and moisture in the summer can keep a house cooler and reduce air conditioning costs. And running a fan whenever someone is cooking will eliminate most water vapor, grease, and combustion products from the kitchen. [continue reading]

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Sick Houses: Using Diagnostic Tools to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Author: Scott Finley
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November 01, 1997

"Sick building syndrome" is caused by everything from dangerous molds to meteorological occurrences. Improving the indoor air quality of these buildings calls for careful diagnostics and even more careful removal of and repairs to problem areas. [continue reading]

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THE CASE OF THE CO LEAK: Solving the Mysteries of Carbon Monoxide Exposures

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November 01, 1997

A colorless, odorless, flavorless, nonirritating gas, carbon monoxide (CO) causes more poisoning deaths today than any other substance. [continue reading]

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Getting the Lead Out of Windows

Author: Nancy Boone
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September 01, 1997

Flaking paint and paint dust from old windows is a potential source of lead hazard. To eliminate the hazard of lead paint you can either remove the paint or remove the window. [continue reading]

Spend a Weekend Weatherizing Your House: You Will Reap the Benefits for Years

Lee Wallender

Spend a Weekend Weatherizing Your House: You Will Reap the Benefits for Years

If you could tackle a few easy tasks that would keep you warm and snug all winter – and save ...

BPI's Home Energy Auditing Standard Published as ANSI Standard

Mike Kandel

BPI's Home Energy Auditing Standard Published as ANSI Standard

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is proud to announce that BPI-1100-T-2014: Home Energy Auditing Standard has been published ...

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