Masonry Heaters are Massively Comfy
You enter the house on a winter’s evening, remove your wet boots and coat. In your living room, there are a few pieces of split, dry firewood, ready to burn. You open the ...
You enter the house on a winter’s evening, remove your wet boots and coat. In your living room, there are a few pieces of split, dry firewood, ready to burn. You open the ... [continue reading]
Since 1993 the Federal Energy Information Agency (EIA) has reported a non-stop, national growth trend in all-electric buildings, led by the Southern states at 44% of all their built homes (Figure 1). Why is all-electric growing when conventional ... [continue reading]
Part 1: Evaluation of Mini-Split Heat Pumps as Supplemental and Full System Retrofits in a Hot-Humid Climate
More stringent energy efficiency standards and the demand for higher efficiency are increasing the popularity of technologies such as mini-split heat pumps (MSHPs). The market for ductless heat pumps is growing 10–30% annually. The U.... [continue reading]
Some time ago, my colleagues and I at Taitem Engineering observed that two-story buildings with open staircases used significantly more heat downstairs than upstairs. We saw this in two buildings. This led to further investigation ... [continue reading]
Part 1: Challenges of Cooling in Hot-Humid Climates [continue reading]
Last December’s weather was no more extreme than the norm in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where temperatures can swing from above 100°F in summer to below zero in winter. Yet for Air Solutions Heating &... [continue reading]
A Case Study in Converting from Two-Pipe Steam to Hydronic Heating [continue reading]
Energy expert continues to learn from a deep energy retrofit of his Montana Home. This time he's installing a wood-burning stove to save money, add ambiance, and provide security during emergencies - like when runaway trains knock out a town's power. [continue reading]
As part of a coalition of residential energy efficiency organizations including the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. (AEA), Building Performance ...
The concept for this document came from members of the AIACC, who are embracing the architect’s role in ...