Weatherization and Indoor Air Quality

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Weatherization and Indoor Air Quality

Air sealing is one of the best ways to lower heating-and-cooling bills for many home weatherization programs, and especially so for the federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Most homes receive blower door-guided air sealing to ...

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Adventures in Radon & Moisture Mitigation

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July 02, 2014

My recent attendance at a Building Science Fundamentals seminar given by Joe Lstiburek and John Straube has motivated me to tell the story of my own basement. I am an architect, a professed defender of ... [continue reading]

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10 Common Misconceptions About Combustion Safety

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February 28, 2014

In the home performance industry, most standards require extensive testing to identify vented appliances that could backdraft and spill exhaust gases, particularly when homes are air-sealed. But how good are these tests at finding problems? ... [continue reading]

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Creating Healthy and Energy-Efficient Housing

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August 29, 2012

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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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Lifting the Burden of Energy-Inefficient and Unhealthy Homes

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March 01, 2012

American taxpayers needlessly lose hundreds of millions of dollars every year in medical bills, skyrocketing energy costs, and lost wages due to inefficient and unhealthy housing conditions. Thanks to years of disinvestment in low-income neighborhoods, ... [continue reading]

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The Learning Curve of Living Green

Author: Erin Mathe
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September 04, 2011

Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy and launched the Home Energy Squad to help homeowners make snap, yet sound, decisions when it comes to saving energy. [continue reading]

HPC Works With Stakeholders to Improve New York State Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

Joe Cullen, HPC's Director of Policy & State Outreach

HPC Works With Stakeholders to Improve New York State Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

As part of a coalition of residential energy efficiency organizations including the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. (AEA), Building Performance ...

ZNE Primer: Now Available!

Ann Edminster

ZNE Primer: Now Available!

The concept for this document came from members of the AIACC, who are embracing the architect’s role in ...

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