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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Energy Upgrade California

Author: Steve Mann
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August 28, 2012

On an ongoing basis, California’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs), in collaboration with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC), develop programs designed to promote residential energy efficiency. In 2010, recognizing ... [continue reading]

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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]

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Smart Utility Bill Disaggregation

Author: Steve Mann
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April 30, 2012

Energy auditors use a simple, well-known approach called a utility bill disaggregation to analyze a home's overall energy use. Here's a quick summary of that technique as detailed in Krigger and Dorsey's Residential Energy: [continue reading]

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Blowing Smoke

Author: Paul Raymer
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April 30, 2012

Long ago, when I started in this business, I wished for a pair of glasses that I could put on to see how the air was moving. (Now I wear glasses all the time just ... [continue reading]

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Measuring Mechanical Ventilation Airflow

Author: Paul Raymer
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January 03, 2012

As the house gets tighter, the effectiveness of the ventilation system becomes increasingly critical. [continue reading]

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Under Pressure

Author: Brett Dillon
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January 03, 2012

Our industry is under pressure to improve the skills and knowledge of our workforce. These improvements will increase the quality and rigor of the service we provide the various programs and our clients. [continue reading]

Angry Air!

Paul Raymer

Angry Air!

John Tooley said, “Air is like crooked rivers, crooked people, teenagers, and cheap labor. It always seeks the path ...

Energy Efficiency is Increasingly Popular With Home Buyers

Gary Ashton

Energy Efficiency is Increasingly Popular With Home Buyers

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a trade association based in Washington. It boasts more than 140,000 members across ...

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