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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Ventilation/Cooling Method Needs User Input

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May 01, 1999

Many U.S. homebuilders and buyers view compressor cooling as a necessity, even in mild climates. But the widespread use of compressor cooling causes several problems, especially in warmer regions like the West Coast. [continue reading]

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Finding the Whole-House Fan That Fits

Author: Jeanne Byrne
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May 01, 1999

Whole-house fans cool homes very efficiently in many parts of the country. But they have come under fire for creating leaks into the attic, causing potential depressurization problems, and being noisy. [continue reading]

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A Bright Future for Advanced Fireplaces

Author: Skip Hayden
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January 01, 1999

The severe ice storm of January 1998 in eastern Canada and the northeastern United States showed the benefits of efficient gas and wood fireplaces that can operate independently of electricity, and increased interest in high-performing fireplaces that supply comfortable heat during an extended power outage. [continue reading]

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Oversized Kitchen Fans--An Exhausting Problem

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January 01, 1999

The Bigger is Better mentality strikes deep into the heart of the American home. Sure, American consumers will live with low flush toilets; they'll put up with low-wattage lights; but when it comes to the kitchen, they want the culinary equivalent of the sports utility vehicle. [continue reading]

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Saving Energy with Reflective Roofs

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November 01, 1998

In 11 Florida homes with roofs coated with a white material during midsummer, average air conditioning energy use decreased by 8 kWh/day, or 19%. [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]

Seeking Ideas for Building Envelope Design

Sarah O'Connell

Seeking Ideas for Building Envelope Design

Through its online crowdsourcing platform, JUMP, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is partnering with industry leaders to host technology challenges in ...

So Much Greatness and Gratitude - Notes from Nashville

Amy Beley

So Much Greatness and Gratitude - Notes from Nashville

This past week at HPC in Nashville left me humbled, hopeful, and filled to the brim with gratitude. The biggest ...

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