Overcoming Obstacles to Advanced Air Sealing

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Overcoming Obstacles to Advanced Air Sealing

We all know the basics of energy efficiency. Air seal high in the building, then low, then insulate. Seems simple, right? Stop the air from leaking into or out of the building. Save money. Increase ...

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Testing Duct Testers

Author: Paul Raymer
June 29, 2012

According to DOE’s Building America program data, typical residential ductwork efficiency is about 67%. That means that if you install a 90% efficient furnace, your system efficiency would be just over 60%. Another way to look ... [continue reading]


First Things First: Insulating Wall Cavities

Author: Bob Pfeiffer
April 27, 2012

A large portion of my work as a project manager at Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC) is teaching weatherization workers the dynamics of energy movement in buildings, how to measure it, treat houses effectively, and, ... [continue reading]


Measuring Window U-Factors with IR Thermometers

April 24, 2012

IR thermometers make finding surface temperatures fast and easy, but can that be applied to window U-factors? [continue reading]


Historic Windows

Author: Larry Kinney
November 01, 2011

Problems and Solutions [continue reading]


Bag It and Forget It!

Author: Kevin Hogan
September 03, 2011

In 2010, I started looking for an inexpensive yet practical way to install a " plug" in the floor cavities between the first and second floors in balloon-framed homes. [continue reading]


Successful Warm-Weather Infrared Inspections

May 01, 2011

While infrared cameras are relatively easy to operate, it is the task of interpreting the image that turns out to be the most challenging aspect of this technology. [continue reading]

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Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?

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Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?

Energy efficiency is good for the economy, good for families, good for workers, and good for the environment.

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