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 ...
Residential energy auditors commonly find problems caused by dust and other airborne particles in forced-air heating and cooling systems. [continue reading]
All houses and apartments need an efficient way to exhaust stale, moist indoor air and introduce outdoor air. [continue reading]
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]
There are few areas of residential construction that are so commonly misunderstood as air movement within and through houses. [continue reading]
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]
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]
There has been a lot of interest of late in the weatherization and broader home performance community in putting a ...
There’s no doubt that building to Passive House standards results in energy consumption that’s about 70 to 80 ...