Selling Comfort and Providing Energy Efficiency

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Selling Comfort and Providing Energy Efficiency

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Raised-Heel Trusses save energy

A simple way to boost HERS Ratings.

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Fixing Wet Basements and Crawl Spaces

Author: Jason Todd
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November 01, 2012

A whole-house approach still holds true for a sometimes-forgotten space. [continue reading]


Weather-Stripping Windows with V-Strip

August 30, 2012

An in-depth window study on six homes compares the effectiveness of plastic vs. metal weatherstripping. [continue reading]


Green Dreamin'

Author: Lee Chilcote
July 02, 2012

What do you get when you cross a deep energy retrofit with an 1880s Victorian-style home? [continue reading]


Testing Duct Testers

Author: Paul Raymer
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June 29, 2012

According to DOE’s Building America program data, typical residential ductwork efficiency is about 67%. That means that if you install a 90% efficient furnace, your system efficiency would be just over 60%. Another way to look ... [continue reading]


First Things First: Insulating Wall Cavities

Author: Bob Pfeiffer
April 27, 2012

A large portion of my work as a project manager at Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC) is teaching weatherization workers the dynamics of energy movement in buildings, how to measure it, treat houses effectively, and, ... [continue reading]


Measuring Window U-Factors with IR Thermometers

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April 24, 2012

IR thermometers make finding surface temperatures fast and easy, but can that be applied to window U-factors? [continue reading]

Five Ways to Judge Sustainable Housing

Shawna Henderson

Five Ways to Judge Sustainable Housing

The first thing to do is clarify some terms.

Confessions of an Insulation Installer: What I Love About Wool

Travis Weeks

Confessions of an Insulation Installer: What I Love About Wool

Last month, we (the crew at Performance Insulation) completed a project on Bainbridge Island, about a 30-minute ferry ride from ...

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