The Search for Thermal Comfort

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The Search for Thermal Comfort

In the beginning there was woman and man, naked; I assume. The body’s core temperature is stable at about 98 °F. In an outdoor environment with a temperature between 65 to 102 °F, a ...

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Greening The Exterior Walls

Author: Jim LaRue
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January 01, 2006

        Greening the exterior wall systems of residential structures is a complicated process, and it hasn’t been made any easier by the emergence of alternative wall systems. Of ... [continue reading]

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Transfer Grilles: What Are They?

Author: Susan Harder
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January 01, 2006

Q. I have a question for Doug Garrett, the author of “Beware the Closed Bedroom Door,” which appears on the Home Energy Web site, in the Do It Yourself section. Could you please ... [continue reading]

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Greening Your Home: The Foundation

Author: Jim LaRue
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November 01, 2005

        Whether you are building homes using foundations made of concrete block, poured concrete, concrete poured into foam insulation forms, precast concrete walls, or some other system, greening these systems ... [continue reading]

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Tired Elbow and Other Problems

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November 01, 2005

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What Were They Thinking?

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September 01, 2005

Both of these pictures are from the same house. We ran into this and much more while weatherizing this home in a small town with no building codes. The lady who owns this home uses ... [continue reading]

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Energy-10 Developments

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September 01, 2005

Q. It’s rumored that the release of a major new version of Energy-10 is imminent, though I heard that development of Energy-10 had stopped several years ago. What would you say distinguishes Energy-10 ... [continue reading]

Confessions of an Insulation Installer: What I Love About Wool

Travis Weeks

Confessions of an Insulation Installer: What I Love About Wool

Last month, we (the crew at Performance Insulation) completed a project on Bainbridge Island, about a 30-minute ferry ride from ...

RaterFest! Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Shawna Henderson

RaterFest! Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

The setting is stunning, 8,000 feet up in the Rockies. Colorado in September, aspen, screaming blue skies, bright clear nights. Who ...

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