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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Does Floor Insulation Performance Meet Expectations?

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March 01, 1994

If they are insulated at all, floors over crawlspaces or unconditioned spaces are insulated with fiberglass blankets or batts. [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]

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Infiltration: Just ACH50 Divided by 20?

Author: Alan Meier
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January 01, 1994

Many researchers have sought to develop a correlation between a one-time pressurization test and an annual infiltration rate. [continue reading]

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Sizing Up Skylights

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November 01, 1993

Skylights, like windows, are distinctive features of homes that greatly influence their aesthetics. [continue reading]

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BASEMENTS A World Unto Themselves The New Monster in the Basement

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September 01, 1993

When coal-burning gravity furnaces were common, people spoke of feeding the "monster in the basement." The monster seemed defanged when gas and oil replaced coal, but still appeared fearsome. [continue reading]

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Stories From the Buffer Zone

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September 01, 1993

When air handlers and ducts are located in buffer zones like basements, energy and air quality problems associated with duct leaks--as well as the diagnostic procedures employed to evaluate them--tend to be quite complex and problematic. [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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