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

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New Pioneering in Straw Bale Building

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July 01, 1996

No, they're not living in haylofts. The horses don't knock the houses down for bedding. And the big bad wolf doesn't chase the residents off in search of bricks and mortar. [continue reading]

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Moisture and Mobile Home Weatherization

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July 01, 1995

Most newer manufactured homes in the Pacific Northwest, as well as many older mobile homes, have a vapor retarder on the inside of the wall cavity--typically right behind the gypsum board. However, many older mobile homes, especially those built before the 1980s, were manufactured with a vapor retarder on the outside of the wall cavity--generally right behind the metal (or sometimes wood) siding. [continue reading]

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Is an R-19 Wall Really R-19?

Author: Leo Rainer
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March 01, 1995

Just because a wall has R-19 insulation in it does not mean it's an R-19 wall. Using the R-value of the insulation between the studs (the "cavity R-value") as an overall wall R-value is similar to using the center-of-glass value for a window--it ignores the effect of framing. [continue reading]

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Studs of Steel

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July 01, 1994

Rising lumber prices and an erratic market have driven some homebuilders to look for alternatives to wood framing, and steel framing is one option that is grabbing their attention. [continue reading]

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Cooling Benefits from Exterior Masonry Wall Insulation

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March 01, 1994

Masonry, or concrete block, housing construction is common throughout the southern United States, where cooling demands are significant. [continue reading]

Need More Proof that On Demand Pumps are Cost Effective? Here It Is.

Dave Grieshop

Need More Proof that On Demand Pumps are Cost Effective? Here It Is.

My original post, “How On-Demand Pumps in New Residential Construction Can Pay for Themselves Via the New Home’...

Energy Department Announces Dates and New Contests for Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, Colorado

Stacy Hunt

Energy Department Announces Dates and New Contests for Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, Colorado

The U.S. Department of EnergySolar Decathlon 2017 studentdesign competition, which challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate ...

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