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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From the Southwest, Unconventional Insulations

Author: Garry Tanner
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March 01, 1993

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]

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Attic Insulation R-Values-Who's Fluffing?

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January 01, 1993

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]

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Minnesota Tightens Fiberglass Insulation Standards

Author: Cyril Penn
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January 01, 1993

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]

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Radiant Barrier Update

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July 01, 1992

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]

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Convective Loss in Loose-Fill Attic Insulation

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May 01, 1992

Commonly held assumptions about how insulation works are being refuted, and some long-standing mysteries solved by experiments at a new, large testing facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). [continue reading]

HPC Working For You Series: Federal Policy

Kara Saul-Rinaldi

HPC Working For You Series: Federal Policy

The Home Performance Coalition (HPC) undertakes policy research and policy advocacy to advance whole-house energy efficiency retrofits. This work is ...

Micro-housing for Veterans

Rob Solomon, on behalf of GoFundMe

Micro-housing for Veterans

That was our pledge in the military and in my time as a police officer. When you retire or move ...

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