New Rebuild Healthy Homes Guide and Resources from HUD

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New Rebuild Healthy Homes Guide and Resources from HUD

When a disaster strikes, survivors face the daunting and dangerous task of cleanup and repair. They are understandably eager to restore their homes and lives quickly, yet are typically unaware of all the potential hazards ...

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Germany's Efficient Homes

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January 01, 2008

German energy agency, dena's, Efficient Homes project is tapping into substantial energy savings through the retrofits of existing buildings. [continue reading]

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Why Leave a Gap in Crawlspace Insulation?

Author: Cyrus Dastur
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July 01, 2007

I read your article “Closed Crawlspaces Do Double Duty,” from the 2005 Special Issue (p. 32), with great interest.  The crawlspace in our new home is built over a 4-inch cement floor over plastic ... [continue reading]

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Who Says Water and Electricity Don't Mix?

Author: Tony Laska
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June 07, 2007

Oregon boasts a national reputation for being green, both in its mountain watersheds and in environmental awareness. For nearly five years, residential customers of Oregon’s largest electric and gas providers have been receiving ... [continue reading]

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Smart Irrigation

Author: Tom Ash
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June 05, 2007

Water is pumped for miles, sometimes hundreds of miles, from its source to 90% of U.S. homes. This takes an enormous amount of energy; in California, it represents the single largest use of energy statewide. ... [continue reading]

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Saving Water Indoors

Author: Peter Mayer
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June 01, 2007

In most U.S. cities, single-family homes make up the single largest source of demand for water. [continue reading]

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Copper and Cast Iron

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May 06, 2007

Q I live in a 1920s Wardman row house in Washington, D.C. The house has a cast-iron radiator heating system. I hired a local contractor to do some bathroom renovations. It was necessary to ... [continue reading]

Confessions of an Insulation Installer: What I Love About Wool

Travis Weeks

Confessions of an Insulation Installer: What I Love About Wool

Last month, we (the crew at Performance Insulation) completed a project on Bainbridge Island, about a 30-minute ferry ride from ...

RaterFest! Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Shawna Henderson

RaterFest! Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

The setting is stunning, 8,000 feet up in the Rockies. Colorado in September, aspen, screaming blue skies, bright clear nights. Who ...

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