Field Guides: The Good the Bad and the Ugly

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Field Guides: The Good the Bad and the Ugly

For the past four years I’ve been reviewing field guides used by grantees delivering weatherization services throughout the country. With 58 grantees and up to three housing types per grantee, that’s a ...

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BPA Requires Mechanical Ventilation in Weatherization Programs

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July 01, 1993

As part of its new low-income weatherization program for manufactured housing, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is requiring mechanical ventilation in dwellings that receive other standard measures despite the fact that there's no mechanical venting requirement for retrofits of low-income, site-built housing. [continue reading]

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Affordable Cooling with Window Air Conditioners

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July 01, 1993

While families in southern climates use a considerable amount of energy during the cooling season, conservation programs aimed at reducing air conditioning electricity consumption usually only target homes with central air conditioning, reflecting a general belief that homes with window units can't produce significant savings. [continue reading]

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The Reach of Low-Income Weatherization Assistance

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May 01, 1993

Since 1976, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has operated the nation's largest energy conservation program--the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). [continue reading]

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Building Tightness Guidelines: When Is a House Too Tight?

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March 01, 1993

After more than a decade of training and field experience, low-income weatherization crews are substantially increasing the air tightness of homes. [continue reading]

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Keeping a Running Score on Weatherization

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March 01, 1993

Careful evaluations of low-income weatherization programs undertaken in the 1980s are in large part responsible for the impressive improvements many programs have achieved in recent years. [continue reading]

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`Read Me Your Thermostat': Short-Term Evaluation Tools

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March 01, 1993

It's not easy to measure savings from energy conservation work, yet it is crucial for a job well done. [continue reading]

What Contractors Wish Homeowners Knew About Building or Renovating a Home

Megan Ray Nichols

What Contractors Wish Homeowners Knew About Building or Renovating a Home

Most homeowners don't know what goes into the planning and construction of a house. And the rise of home improvement ...

Count of Zero Energy Residences Grows 59% Across the U.S. and Canada

Leslie Jackson

Count of Zero Energy Residences Grows 59% Across the U.S. and Canada

As the date approaches for the Getting to Zero Forum in Downtown Oakland, California October 9-11, this article, published mid-summer ...

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