The Case for a Thermal Comfort Rating Metric

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The Case for a Thermal Comfort Rating Metric

Energy efficiency has been a driving force in the home-building industry for decades. In recent years, the industry has increasingly adopted rating methods to measure a home’s energy efficiency. RESNET has produced the ...

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Improving Weatherization with WAP+

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May 03, 2010

In New York City, Weatherization Assistance program (WAP) subgrantees perform retrofits on a wide variety of buildings, from single-family homes to affordable housing complexes with hundreds of units. [continue reading]

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What Were They Thinking?

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May 03, 2010

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An Ice Problem

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May 02, 2010

Credit: John Noble Q: I was just reading an article you have online regarding ridge vents and soffits (see “Out, Out Dammed Ice,” Nov/Dec ’96, p. 21). Our house was built in 1997. We ... [continue reading]

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BPI Exam Prep

Author: Steve Mann
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March 01, 2010

Steve Mann is a HERS rater, Green Point rater, LEED AP, Certified Energy Analyst, serial remodeler, and long-time software engineer. Experienced HERS raters and BPI-certified technicians know that there is a huge difference between passing ... [continue reading]

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Smoke Pencil Puffer Research

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January 07, 2010

I am a manufacturer’s representative for Chimney Balloon USA. Since Chimney Balloons are air sealing devices for the fireplace, I use a smoke pencil to exhibit the effectiveness of this product. I conducted ... [continue reading]

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Comfort to the Maxx

Author: Steve Mann
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January 07, 2010

In the September/October issue of Home Energy, which includes the Home Performance Contractor’s Business Development Guide, David Butler makes an important point about home performance contracting (p. 6): “The home performance industry ... [continue reading]

Homemade Wind Turbine in 5 Easy Steps

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Homemade Wind Turbine in 5 Easy Steps

So, you want to build a backyard wind turbine and save hundreds every year? Well, you’ve come to ...

10 Construction Trends Impacting the Industry

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10 Construction Trends Impacting the Industry

The construction industry is continuing to grow and evolve as new technology emerges. Companies and workers will need to adapt ...

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