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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Clearing the Air: Filters for Residential Forced-Air Systems

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July 01, 1996

Residential energy auditors commonly find problems caused by dust and other airborne particles in forced-air heating and cooling systems. [continue reading]

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Mechanical Ventilation for the Home

Author: Don Stevens
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March 01, 1996

All houses and apartments need an efficient way to exhaust stale, moist indoor air and introduce outdoor air. [continue reading]

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Fundamentals Of Moisture In Houses

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November 01, 1995

Moisture problems occur in buildings throughout North America, in almost every climate. The most common symptoms are mold, mildew, and condensation, and these can impair the health of the occupants, cause discomfort, and decrease the life of the structure. [continue reading]

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Air Sealing in Occupied Homes

Author: David Keefe
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November 01, 1995

There are few areas of residential construction that are so commonly misunderstood as air movement within and through houses. [continue reading]

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Carbon Monoxide from Ovens: A Serious IAQ Problem

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September 01, 1995

Traditionally, few people have considered gas ovens to be a major source of carbon monoxide (CO), even though all their exhaust products are often vented directly into the indoor air of a residence. Yet unvented space heaters with a similar output of combustion gases have been banned in many states because of indoor air quality (IAQ) dangers inherent in their use. [continue reading]

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Moisture and Mobile Home Weatherization

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July 01, 1995

Most newer manufactured homes in the Pacific Northwest, as well as many older mobile homes, have a vapor retarder on the inside of the wall cavity--typically right behind the gypsum board. However, many older mobile homes, especially those built before the 1980s, were manufactured with a vapor retarder on the outside of the wall cavity--generally right behind the metal (or sometimes wood) siding. [continue reading]

Healthy Homes and a Healthy Bottom Line

Jim Gunshinan

Healthy Homes and a Healthy Bottom Line

There has been a lot of interest of late in the weatherization and broader home performance community in putting a ...

Side Benefits of a Passive House

Rob Nicely

Side Benefits of a Passive House

There’s no doubt that building to Passive House standards results in energy consumption that’s about 70 to 80 ...

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