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 Your Ventilation

Author: Jim LaRue
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May 06, 2007

    Since today’s houses are now tightened for air conditioning as well as heating, there is less and less natural ventilation in our homes. This means that additional forms of mechanical ... [continue reading]

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Copper and Cast Iron

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May 06, 2007

Q I live in a 1920s Wardman row house in Washington, D.C. The house has a cast-iron radiator heating system. I hired a local contractor to do some bathroom renovations. It was necessary to ... [continue reading]

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What Were They Thinking?

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March 10, 2007

Plumber’s Bummer This picture was taken from inside a mobile home. The plumber had run the water lines inside the ductwork to prevent freezing. However, he failed to seal the ductwork back. We ... [continue reading]

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Greening the HVAC System: A Logical Process

Author: Jim LaRue
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January 01, 2007

There is a mantra that has been generated in the imaginations of most folks who want to build or remodel a home with green guidelines. The mantra goes: “I want my green home to ... [continue reading]

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What Were They Thinking?

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November 06, 2006

As a HERS rater, I continually think about energy conservation. So when it came time to do the annual defrost of my beer fridge I thought to test the gasket to see if it was ... [continue reading]

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What Were They Thinking?

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September 11, 2006

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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 ...

RaterFest! Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Shawna Henderson

RaterFest! Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

The setting is stunning, 8,000 feet up in the Rockies. Colorado in September, aspen, screaming blue skies, bright clear nights. Who ...

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