Editorial: The Discreet Charm of Attics and Crawl Spaces

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Editorial: The Discreet Charm of Attics and Crawl Spaces

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Editorial: The Discreet Charm of Attics and Crawl Spaces

Author: Alan Meier
December 29, 2015

You would be professionally remiss if you did not read “Attics and Crawl Spaces” in this issue. The article by Terry Nordbye is a valuable reminder that home performance problems too often begin ... [continue reading]


Honey, why is water dripping from the ceiling when it's bright and sunny outside?

Author: Bob Wendt
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January 01, 2015

This past February I received the following e-mail: Hi, Guys, We've had trouble with water spots on the ceiling since late last fall, and our builder tells us it's the result of melting snow—... [continue reading]


Unvented Attics: Encapsulating with Spray Polyurethane Foam

Author: Brett Dillon
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November 01, 2013

The idea behind venting to remove moisture is to allow it to escape out. Unfortunately in humid climates, it's much more complicated. [continue reading]


Green Dreamin'

Author: Lee Chilcote
July 02, 2012

What do you get when you cross a deep energy retrofit with an 1880s Victorian-style home? [continue reading]


Bag It and Forget It!

Author: Kevin Hogan
September 03, 2011

In 2010, I started looking for an inexpensive yet practical way to install a " plug" in the floor cavities between the first and second floors in balloon-framed homes. [continue reading]


Comparing Open- and Closed-Cell Foams

Author: Ed Wyatt
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November 04, 2010

Q. Home performance contracting is new to us at our residential heating and cooling company in the Northeast. We are trying to do best by our customers as we learn on the go. One issue ... [continue reading]


An Ice Problem

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May 02, 2010

Credit: John Noble Q: I was just reading an article you have online regarding ridge vents and soffits (see “Out, Out Dammed Ice,” Nov/Dec ’96, p. 21). Our house was built in 1997. We ... [continue reading]


Sealed Attics?

Author: Brian Coble
January 08, 2010

In some homes it's better to bring the attic into the conditioned space - even if the attic will never be used as a living space. [continue reading]

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 ...

3 People, 2 Cats, 1 Tiny Home

Macie Melendez

3 People, 2 Cats, 1 Tiny Home

I always find tiny homes to be very charming, and Corbett and Grace Lunsford’s was no exception.

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