Weather-Stripping Windows with V-Strip
An in-depth window study on six homes compares the effectiveness of plastic vs. metal weatherstripping.
Thermal performance in a window is expressed as a "U-value," a measure of heat transfer through it--the greater the heat loss, the higher the U-value. [continue reading]
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]
Smart building design and construction professionals know that a building is more than a sum of its parts—it&...
I've had a decades-long love affair with dumb, passive houses. Passive. As in do-nothing. I love the design challenge ...