Weather-Stripping Windows with V-Strip
An in-depth window study on six homes compares the effectiveness of plastic vs. metal weatherstripping.
The sunny Southwest is home to some new and offbeat ideas about building insulation. Plastered straw bales, first used as a building material by settlers in the Sandhills of Nebraska in the 1890s, are now reemerging as an energy-efficient and frugal insulation material. [continue reading]
In the highly competitive home building industry, successful builders learn quickly that to stay in business they must keep construction costs down. Unfortunately, some builders cut costs by skimping on energy features. [continue reading]
Citing recent research confirming that fiberglass insulation loses effectiveness in extremely cold temperatures, Minnesota has adopted a state building code revision which includes a requirement that "all insulation materials must achieve their stated performance at 75deg.F and no less than stated performance at winter design conditions. [continue reading]
When Home Energy last covered radiant barriers (May/June '89 and Nov/Dec '89), the level of confusion and outright misstatements associated with radiant barriers were at an all-time high. S [continue reading]
A Pause for Reflection: After 30 Years, Conservation Services Group Considers the Future of Energy Efficiency
In early September, Conservation Services Group (CSG) celebrated its 30-year anniversary with more than 200 guests. During the celebration at the ...
Winners for the Department of Energy’s 2014 Housing Innovations Award were announced on September 23rd during a special event ...