Air-Sealing Tips for Efficiency That Lasts // Part 4: Protect Your Air Barrier

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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.

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Preventing Urban Heat Catastrophes

Author: Alan Meier
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July 01, 1996

The heat wave in Chicago last summer created a great deal of human discomfort and, by many estimates, caused over 500 deaths in three days. The overwhelming majority of these deaths occurred in buildings with indoor conditions that were reported as stifling. [continue reading]

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Where Radiant Barriers Really Shine

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July 01, 1996

Manufacturers of radiant barrier materials claim that their products significantly cut cooling costs by reducing summertime radiant heat gain through attics and ceilings (see "Conservation Clips: Radiant Barriers Test Well," p. 45). A new study confirms that radiant barriers can indeed conserve cooling energy. [continue reading]

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New Pioneering in Straw Bale Building

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July 01, 1996

No, they're not living in haylofts. The horses don't knock the houses down for bedding. And the big bad wolf doesn't chase the residents off in search of bricks and mortar. [continue reading]

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A Plan to Stop Fluffing and Cheating in Attic Insulation

Author: Nan Wishner
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May 01, 1996

In the mid-1980s, a Georgia utility became concerned about the large number of attic insulation jobs being done for its energy-efficient home construction program that failed to meet the program's standards. [continue reading]

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Drawbacks Of Powered Attic Ventilators

Author: Ted Rieger
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November 01, 1995

Powered attic ventilators, already suspected of using more energy than they save, can also create excess moisture, structural problems, discomfort, and combustion safety problems for home occupants, according to a recent study. [continue reading]

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Researchers Approach Builders on Duct Location

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November 01, 1995

It is common practice in California to put ducts outside the conditioned space, in attics and crawlspaces. These duct systems are typically 50%-70% efficient due mostly to air leakage and heat transfer losses, while sealed conditioned-space duct installations have efficiencies over 90%. O [continue reading]

Housing Innovation Awards Wrap-Up

Stacy Hunt

Housing Innovation Awards Wrap-Up

Earlier this month at the EEBA High Performance Home Summit, the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program had the pleasure ...

Energy Data Gains Traction in Real Estate Listings

Ryan Meres

Energy Data Gains Traction in Real Estate Listings

For more than a decade studies have consistently shown that homebuyers want energy efficient features, but few are actually aware ...

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