Air-Sealing Tips for Efficiency That Lasts // Part 4: Protect Your Air Barrier

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Air-Sealing Tips for Efficiency That Lasts // Part 4: Protect Your Air Barrier

This is part 4 of a series that describes how to air seal the most difficult parts of buildings. A service cavity and vented rainscreen promote durable airtightness.

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New Window Ratings to Indicate Seasonal Performance

Author: Jeanne Byrne
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January 01, 1997

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]

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Energy-Efficient Window Retrofits: Install with Care

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January 01, 1997

Retrofitting a house with high- performance windows can produce significant energy savings and improved comfort. However, when the right window is installed incorrectly--or worse yet, the wrong window is installed incorrectly--energy savings will be few, structure and furnishings may be damaged, and the occupants' safety may be jeopardized. [continue reading]

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Out, Out Dammed Ice!

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November 01, 1996

Anyone who has lived in a snowy climate has seen ice dams. Thick bands of ice form along the eaves of homes, causing millions of dollars of structural damage every year. [continue reading]

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Roofing and Siding Rehabs get an Energy Fix

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November 01, 1996

The old adage says, "Within every problem lies an opportunity." This is certainly the case when it comes to residing or reroofing a home. [continue reading]

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Home Energy's Consumer Guide to Insulation

Author: Jeanne Byrne
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September 01, 1996

Between 50% and 70% of the energy consumed in the typical American home goes toward heating and cooling, accounting for a large chunk of the total energy bill. [continue reading]

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Insulation: The Inside Story

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September 01, 1996

In hilly cities, there are often uninsulated balloon-framed houses on very steep hillsides. This forces insulators to go up 40 feet on ladders to insulate. Meanwhile, tight clearances between homes make the walls truly inaccessible. [continue reading]

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October will long be remembered in Northern California, where wildfires destroyed over 8,000 structures, killed scores, and forever changed Sonoma and ...

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