Weather-Stripping Windows with V-Strip
An in-depth window study on six homes compares the effectiveness of plastic vs. metal weatherstripping.
Your house's walls and windows-what building professionals call the building envelope or shell-are supposed to prevent air from moving through them. [continue reading]
Recent improvements to window technology make substantial air conditioning energy savings possible. However, shading remains a time-tested method to accomplish the same end. [continue reading]
Although new, high-performance windows are the ideal, simply putting up storm windows in the wintertime can be a very effective alternative. [continue reading]
Twenty years ago, ratings for residential windows were not an issue-single-pane, clear glass was the norm, and double glazing was clearly better. [continue reading]
The success of window ratings programs, from the United Kingdom to Korea, depends on consistent, accurate, and inexpensive software. [continue reading]
Renovating historic homes is a tricky and sometimes onerous task. The desire to retain the historic character of the building, and in some cases the actual historic material, competes with the desire to improve energy performance. [continue reading]
Flaking paint and paint dust from old windows is a potential source of lead hazard. To eliminate the hazard of lead paint you can either remove the paint or remove the window. [continue reading]
What's the best way to inform window buyers about a product's energy characteristics? As with appliance energy labels, there is considerable debate over how to give people an accurate and useful representation of the product without overwhelming them with confusing numbers (see "New Appliance Labels Emphasize Energy Use," HE Jan/Feb '96, p. 7). [continue reading]
Space conditioning is the biggest piece of the residential energy pie, and thermal shell improvement is a homeowner's best opportunity ...
Energy supplies and efficiency in new home construction took an interesting turn when researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) ...