Air-Sealing Tips for Efficiency That Lasts // Part 4: Protect Your Air Barrier
This is part 4 of a series that describes how to air seal the most difficult parts of buildings. A service cavity and vented rainscreen promote durable airtightness.
As Home Energy readers know, venting attics in hot, humid climates brings a great deal of moisture into the structure (see "Conditioned Attics Save Energy in Hot Climates," HE May/June '97, p. 6). Not venting the attic avoids this problem. [continue reading]
In certain climates, construction of massive building envelopes--such as concrete, earth, and insulating concrete forms (ICFs)--can be one of the most effective ways of reducing building heating and cooling loads. [continue reading]
Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Buildings is unique in that it gives equal recognition to the principles and the practical applications of building science research. All of the presentations at this conference, in fact, are assigned to one of two parallel tracks--Principles or Practices. [continue reading]
The location and installed integrity of the 3C barrier will dictate the comfort, health, and safety of the home's occupants; the durability of the structure; and the amount of energy required to heat and cool the home. [continue reading]
A new test of the thermal performance of a wall built with 19-inch straw bales laid flat revealed that the wall had an R-value of 27.5. [continue reading]
A 2015 study, “Impacts of global warming on residential heating and cooling degree-days in the United States,” comparing heating ...
“Why do you need to cool and heat the whole building? Why don’t you cool and heat ...