Weather-Stripping Windows with V-Strip

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Weather-Stripping Windows with V-Strip

An in-depth window study on six homes compares the effectiveness of plastic vs. metal weatherstripping.

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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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Further Wrestling with Recessed-Can Lights

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September 01, 2005

How do you air seal IC-rated light fixtures that aren't accessible from above? Do the air sealing from below. [continue reading]

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Crawlspace Conundrum

Author: Brad Turk
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May 01, 2005

        Q. I have a problem with the crawlspace in my home. When the air conditioning is running, I can smell the crawlspace. Is there a good way to keep ... [continue reading]

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Make Room for the Caddy

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March 01, 2005

Since homes continue to be built with attached garages - with no change in sight - builders and contractors need to understand how to minimize the risk of CO poisoning. [continue reading]

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Attic Accesses: High Priority or No Big Deal?

Author: Jim Melesky
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March 01, 2005

Some calculations answer the question, How much does proper attic access insulation matter? [continue reading]

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Use Foil in Walls?

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March 01, 2005

Q. I’m desperate for some balanced information. I’m putting new cement-based clapboard siding on my house on top of a plywood shell. The siding contractor said that he typically wraps the ... [continue reading]

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

Mariel Wolfson

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Carl Taylor

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Although the concept of geothermal energy is one that's been around since Ancient Romans were snap-whipping their buddies with towels ...

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