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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ACIN Flow Finder Mk 2

Author: Greg Labbe
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October 30, 2014

By definition, energy-efficient homes need to be airtight, so the ventilation system is vital to a healthy, durable home. Yet in Ontario, where new homes are being built more airtight, one can still build a ... [continue reading]

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Behavior Change Requires a Human Touch

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October 27, 2014

People across the nation are seeking new ways to save energy, reduce bills, and increase comfort in their homes. Utilities, consumer organizations, and home energy service providers are poised to answer that call, using next-generation ... [continue reading]

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At the Tipping Point of Airtightness

Author: Max Sherman
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September 03, 2014

Forty years ago, after the first oil shock, people began to look at residential energy efficiency and realized that it was terrible. People vaguely knew that houses were drafty and that they wasted energy, but ... [continue reading]

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Passionate People: An Interview with Karen Butterfield

Author: Tom White
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September 03, 2014

To thank Karen Butterfield for her long-time service and dedication to Home Energy magazine, publisher Tom White took a bit of her time to discuss her experiences and how the magazine has changed and grown ... [continue reading]

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Training in the 21st Century: From Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side

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July 01, 2014

Imagine you have just walked into the classroom. Right now the teacher is standing at the front, explaining some of the finer details of the second law of thermodynamics. The students are sitting at tables, ... [continue reading]

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Multifamily Blower Door Testing

Author: Steve Mann
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July 01, 2014

With the recent increase in multifamily housing construction, combined with some builders’ desire to seek green certifications, establishing a user-friendly blower door test protocol that achieves repeatable results would allow multifamily buildings to achieve ... [continue reading]

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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