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Postretrofit News and Analysis

Our house was built in 1951, but Michele and I have been living there since 2007. I’ve met the two previous owners. One was careful about keeping the house comfortable and efficient—the other ...

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The Challenges of Basement Insulation

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January 01, 2006

A study explored how effective interior insulation systems are at keeping basements dry as well as warm. [continue reading]

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Greening The Exterior Walls

Author: Jim LaRue
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January 01, 2006

        Greening the exterior wall systems of residential structures is a complicated process, and it hasn’t been made any easier by the emergence of alternative wall systems. Of ... [continue reading]

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Greening Your Home: The Foundation

Author: Jim LaRue
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November 01, 2005

        Whether you are building homes using foundations made of concrete block, poured concrete, concrete poured into foam insulation forms, precast concrete walls, or some other system, greening these systems ... [continue reading]

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Tighten Up Your Advice About Air Sealing

Author: Mark Newey
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January 01, 2005

A green building program manager has found that combining prescriptive and performance standards yields better air sealing practices. [continue reading]

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Air Leakage Control: The Devil's in the Details

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January 01, 2005

Avoid dread customer callbacks - due to drafty new houses, moisture problems, and high energy bills - by air sealing properly. [continue reading]

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The Evolution of Green Building

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November 01, 2004

LEED for Homes is just around the corner. Will it fulfill its mission to integrate with existing green building programs while helping out in locations where no such program exists? [continue reading]

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Some Research Begins at Home

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November 01, 2003

        At Integrated Building and Construction Solutions (IBACOS), our mission is to enable the industry to build high-quality homes.To further that mission, IBACOS is constantly looking for opportunities to ... [continue reading]

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Making a Habit of Habitat

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September 01, 2003

There might have been some bumps along the way, but a collaboration between a nonprofit, a builders association, and a major building supply company yielded some efficient, comfortable, and affordable results. [continue reading]

Tips for Tips

Jason Kaufman

Tips for Tips

Behavioral recommendations, or tips, are an integral piece of many energy efficiency programs, ranging from marketing materials (e.g., brochures) ...

Side Benefits of a Passive House

Rob Nicely

Side Benefits of a Passive House

There’s no doubt that building to Passive House standards results in energy consumption that’s about 70 to 80 ...

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