The Search for Thermal Comfort

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The Search for Thermal Comfort

In the beginning there was woman and man, naked; I assume. The body’s core temperature is stable at about 98 °F. In an outdoor environment with a temperature between 65 to 102 °F, a ...

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Greening Residential Maintenance

Author: Jim LaRue
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November 05, 2007

This is the final installment of my series on green residential building. In this column, I want to emphasize the importance of residential behavior on green buildings. There are a number of actions and behaviors ... [continue reading]

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Greening Water Usage

Author: Jim LaRue
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September 04, 2007

Some pundits have suggested that the next international conflicts will not be over oil, but over water. Not long ago, an uproar was stirred in our area in the upper Midwest when it was discovered ... [continue reading]

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How Do I?

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September 04, 2007

Q.After reading the article about your home (“Design, Construction, and Performance in Ohio,” Jan/Feb ’07, p. 36), I have some questions. (After all, imitation is the highest form of praise!) [continue reading]

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Greening Interior Surfaces

Author: Jim LaRue
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July 01, 2007

When we home energy folks decided to identify “building performance” as a description for our work, little did we know what a Pandora’s box we opened. This identification now requires us ... [continue reading]

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Why Leave a Gap in Crawlspace Insulation?

Author: Cyrus Dastur
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July 01, 2007

I read your article “Closed Crawlspaces Do Double Duty,” from the 2005 Special Issue (p. 32), with great interest.  The crawlspace in our new home is built over a 4-inch cement floor over plastic ... [continue reading]

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Managing Moisture

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May 06, 2007

Q I enjoyed reading your article on the home you recently built in Ohio (“Design, Construction, and Performance in Ohio,” Jan/Feb ’07, p. 36). I am an architect practicing in the Pacific Northwest (... [continue reading]

Degree Days Shuffle

Jim Gunshinan

Degree Days Shuffle

A 2015 study, “Impacts of global warming on residential heating and cooling degree-days in the United States,” comparing heating ...

Cool—and Warm—Clothing

Jim Gunshinan

Cool—and Warm—Clothing

“Why do you need to cool and heat the whole building? Why don’t you cool and heat ...

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