Preparing for Climate Change

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Preparing for Climate Change

Home performance, long seen as a tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, can also help individuals and communities adapt to climate change. To be effective in this role, the home performance industry must itself learn ...

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Health House Cold Climate Standards Keep Occupants Warm and Dry

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November 01, 1999

Monthly utility costs, maintenance costs, comfort, and healthy indoor air are as important as a price tag when it comes to affordable housing. [continue reading]

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Solving a Chimney Moisture Problem

Author: Joe Ponessa
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September 01, 1999

In September 1998, roofer Kevin Fischer, carpenter/painter Bill Coyle, and I were called to help out on an 80-year-old, three-story, wood frame house located in southern New Jersey. [continue reading]

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Virginia Builder Reaps Success with Healthy Houses

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July 01, 1999

In the early 1990s, Virginia builder Jay Epstein barely cracked double digits when it came to annual house sales. But in 1999 Epstein, the president of Newport News-based Gabriel Enterprises Incorporated, expects to build and sell well over 100 new homes. [continue reading]

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Insulation in the heating system--A Source of Black Stains

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November 01, 1998

Stains in homes have many different sources. In my job as an industrial hygienist, I have seen a wide variety of substances that can create stains, including mold growth, vehicle exhaust, combustion appliances, tobacco smoke, cooking fumes, and even candles (see "Black Stains in Houses: Soot, Dust, or Ghosts?" HE Jan/Feb '98, p. 15). [continue reading]

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Ozone Out for Indoor Air Cleaners

Author: John Manuel
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November 01, 1998

Ozone has been successfully used for decades to treat and sanitize municipal water supplies, swimming pools, and spas. [continue reading]

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Clean Ducts with Elbow Grease, Not Toxic Gas

Author: Ed Chessor
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November 01, 1998

Most of the ductwork that I've seen contains accumulations of house dust and tobacco smoke solids, as well as loose pieces of fiberglass duct insulation, dead bugs, and mold growing in a damp mess. [continue reading]

HPXML Dominates Residential Market, New Report Finds

Julie Caracino

HPXML Dominates Residential Market, New Report Finds

The Home Performance Extensible Markup Language (HPXML) Data Dictionary and Transfer Standard have been gaining traction in the residential energy ...

Can Energy Monitoring Services Bolster Your Bottom Line?

Charles Cormany

Can Energy Monitoring Services Bolster Your Bottom Line?

For years the HVAC industry has relied on repeat visits to existing customers to generate new business. The service contract ...

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