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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BASEMENTS A World Unto Themselves The New Monster in the Basement

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September 01, 1993

When coal-burning gravity furnaces were common, people spoke of feeding the "monster in the basement." The monster seemed defanged when gas and oil replaced coal, but still appeared fearsome. [continue reading]

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Stories From the Buffer Zone

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September 01, 1993

When air handlers and ducts are located in buffer zones like basements, energy and air quality problems associated with duct leaks--as well as the diagnostic procedures employed to evaluate them--tend to be quite complex and problematic. [continue reading]

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Out The Window with U-Guessed-It Values

Author: Jim Obst
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July 01, 1993

Thermal performance in a window is expressed as a "U-value," a measure of heat transfer through it--the greater the heat loss, the higher the U-value. [continue reading]

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From the Southwest, Unconventional Insulations

Author: Garry Tanner
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March 01, 1993

The sunny Southwest is home to some new and offbeat ideas about building insulation. Plastered straw bales, first used as a building material by settlers in the Sandhills of Nebraska in the 1890s, are now reemerging as an energy-efficient and frugal insulation material. [continue reading]

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Attic Insulation R-Values-Who's Fluffing?

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January 01, 1993

In the highly competitive home building industry, successful builders learn quickly that to stay in business they must keep construction costs down. Unfortunately, some builders cut costs by skimping on energy features. [continue reading]

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Minnesota Tightens Fiberglass Insulation Standards

Author: Cyril Penn
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January 01, 1993

Citing recent research confirming that fiberglass insulation loses effectiveness in extremely cold temperatures, Minnesota has adopted a state building code revision which includes a requirement that "all insulation materials must achieve their stated performance at 75deg.F and no less than stated performance at winter design conditions. [continue reading]

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