Favorite Multifamily Retrofits

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Favorite Multifamily Retrofits

Which retrofit is better: changing the boiler or changing the lighting? There are so many possibilities for multifamily buildings that choosing the "best" retrofit depends a lot on your definition. Are you after the most ...

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Air Sealing in Occupied Homes

Author: David Keefe
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November 01, 1995

There are few areas of residential construction that are so commonly misunderstood as air movement within and through houses. [continue reading]

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Assessing The Integrity Of Electrical Wiring

Author: Larry Kinney
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September 01, 1995

Dense-pack cellulose insulation is a very useful and cost-effective technique for lowering both conductive and convective heat losses in a variety of housing types. [continue reading]

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To Russia With Blower Doors

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September 01, 1995

Russia may soon be the scene of one of the world's largest building energy retrofit projects, designed by the Russian government with support from the World Bank and other agencies. [continue reading]

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Energy Savings Rise High In Multifamily Buildings

Author: Rick Diamond
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September 01, 1995

Air sealing, heating systems, air conditioners, domestic hot water, lighting, fuel bill analysis, customer education.... Sounds like a typical issue of Home Energy. [continue reading]

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The Best Boiler and Water Heating Retrofits

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September 01, 1995

When the Minneapolis Energy Office (now the Center for Energy and Environment) first addressed the issue of improving energy efficiency in multifamily buildings in 1981, the task was a little daunting. [continue reading]

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Air Sealing in Low-Rise Buildings

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September 01, 1995

Multifamily buildings vary widely. They range from houses divided into three apartments to 500-unit high rises. So a weatherization project must be tailored to fit the personality of the building. [continue reading]

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Bright Prospects for Lighting Retrofits

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September 01, 1995

The replacement of incandescent lighting--particularly hallway fixtures and exit signs that consume electricity 8,760 hours a year in many multifamily buildings--with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) yields substantial energy savings and should be easy to promote. [continue reading]

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The Key to Persistence

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September 01, 1995

In a study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, we looked at the savings persistence from equipment retrofits that Citizens Conservation Corporation (CCC) installed in low-income apartment buildings over the past decade. [continue reading]

The Convergence of Technology in the Home

Erik Norwood

The Convergence of Technology in the Home

Huge changes are happening across a variety of industries that will significantly change the way we live. These include the ...

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 ...

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