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Rebuilding Dade County, Florida

Author: Linda Berlin
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January 01, 1994

Whole neighborhoods in South Florida must be recreated in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, which in August 1992 left a trail of debris more than 25 miles wide. [continue reading]

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HUD Meets the Deadline

Author: Cyril Penn
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January 01, 1994

Faced with an ultimatum from Congress, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Renewal (HUD) issued stricter thermal performance standards for new mobile homes, beating Congress' end-of-October deadline with only one day to spare. [continue reading]

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Rethinking Radon Standards

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November 01, 1993

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a model radon control standard for residential construction, with adoption of the standard expected sometime this winter. [continue reading]

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Checking Out HUD's Proposed Mobile Home Performance Standards

Author: Ron Judkoff
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November 01, 1993

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed new standards aimed at reducing heat loss in new manufactured homes and was expected to issue a final set of standards in late October. [continue reading]

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Doing It Right the First Time Guidelines for Designing and Installing Tight Duct Systems

Author: Karl Stum
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September 01, 1993

The potential energy savings from properly installing duct systems in new homes are enormous. "Doing it right" the first time is simply more cost-effective than fixing a flawed system later. [continue reading]

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Home Alone--Living Off the Grid

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May 01, 1993

When Bob Hammond built a house near Prescott, Arizona, he decided to get off the utility grid. To do so, he designed a home that uses only about 855 kWh of electricity a year, a fraction of the 9,300 kWh of neighboring homes. [continue reading]

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New Construction in New England: The Energy Crafted Home Program

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September 01, 1992

Several electric utilities in New England developed the Energy Crafted Home program to encourage the construction of single-family and multifamily homes that are substantially more energy efficient than those built to code. [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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