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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Effective Strategies for Dealing with Ducts in Unconditioned Spaces

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May 01, 2014

Three methods to reduce thermal losses associated with ductwork in unconditioned spaces are discussed. [continue reading]

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The Formaldehyde Threat

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March 01, 2014

Keeping healthy indoor air quality was as important in 1984 as it is today. Unfortunately, formaldehyde is still a threat to homeowners. [continue reading]

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Variable Capacity Versus Fixed Capacity

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March 01, 2014

An Experiment in the Impact of Duct Location [continue reading]

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A Guide to Installing Window Air Conditioners

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October 31, 2013

Homeowners in the United States spend $1 out of every $8 of utility costs on cooling their living space. Window air conditioners (A/Cs) are an inexpensive alternative to central systems and are sold in greater numbers ... [continue reading]

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Backdrafting Appliances: Causes and Fixes

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September 10, 2013

Homeowners and contractors need to know that when they replace 70%- or 80%-efficient furnaces with 90%-efficient furnaces and leave standard atmospheric draft water heaters orphaned, old atmospheric water heaters may backdraft, creating CO problems for ... [continue reading]

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Building Science 201: Combustion

Author: Rick Karg
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July 01, 2013

The more we understand about combustion appliances, the better we can serve the houses we work in. [continue reading]

RESNET and the New Buildings Institute Enter Partnership to Promote Zero Net Energy Homes and Develop Multifamily Energy Rating Index Standard

Steve Baden

RESNET and the New Buildings Institute Enter Partnership to Promote Zero Net Energy Homes and Develop Multifamily Energy Rating Index Standard

RESNET and the New Buildings Institute have joined forces to promote net zero energy homes and develop an American consensus ...

Leading California's Zero Energy Homebuilding Efforts

Brandon De Young

Leading California's Zero Energy Homebuilding Efforts

In 2008, California set a bold new goal for its homebuilders. The California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan makes it ...

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