Weatherization and Indoor Air Quality

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Weatherization and Indoor Air Quality

Air sealing is one of the best ways to lower heating-and-cooling bills for many home weatherization programs, and especially so for the federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Most homes receive blower door-guided air sealing to ...

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Infiltration of Outdoor Pollutants: Field Notes

Author: Don Fugler
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April 15, 2015

Parallel to the research undertaken by Brent Stephens and others (see “Infiltration of Outdoor Pollutants” in the upcoming May/June 2015 issue), there has been a recent Pittsburgh-based initiative called Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in ... [continue reading]

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Kitchen Ventilation

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February 28, 2015

There is an unvented combustion appliance that people use every day that is often ignored [continue reading]

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Energy-Saving Strategies - Think Again

Author: John Dixon
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December 01, 2014

The rules regarding home energy savings are changing. New technologies and shifting realities are showing us that many of the old energy-saving dictums are now obsolete. If, for instance, you look at the top energy-saving ... [continue reading]

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When Retrofitting A/C, Do the Ducts Too?

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October 31, 2014

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

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Retrospective - Black Stains in Houses: Soot, Dust, or Ghosts

Author: Frank Vigil
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May 01, 2014

An experienced ghost hunter explains the possible sources of and solutions to black soot under doors, on walls, and in other places in homes. [continue reading]

A Closer Look at Connecticut's Zero Energy Homebuilding Competition

Amber Schilberg, on behalf of Energize Connecticut

A Closer Look at Connecticut's Zero Energy Homebuilding Competition

At the Better Buildings By Design conference, Ann Edminster spoke about the growing interest in net-zero-energy buildings saying, “This [...

Angry Air!

Paul Raymer

Angry Air!

John Tooley said, “Air is like crooked rivers, crooked people, teenagers, and cheap labor. It always seeks the path ...

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