Editorial: Twenty-First-Century Energy Efficiency—with Carbon on Our Minds
After the first oil embargo, in 1973, our nation recognized the need to save energy in a coordinated way. It made sense to designate energy utilities to coordinate energy-saving activities in buildings, because nobody had better ...
The article on ventilation fans ("Mechanical Ventilation for the Home," p. 13) contains some remarkable information. The good news is that sizing and installation guidelines are being established and that small ventilation and exhaust fans themselves are improving. [continue reading]
I just returned from three weeks in Western Europe, Scandinavia, and Japan. Residential energy use remains important in these countries, but in surprisingly different ways, and for different reasons. And energy is being saved in characteristically un-American ways. [continue reading]
Several articles in this issue deal with the vexing problem of moisture in homes. Excessive moisture is, at best, a nuisance and, at worst, the source of catastrophic building failures. [continue reading]
As this issue goes to press, Congress is wrestling with the budget for energy efficiency. This covers a wide range of activities, from basic research into new materials and technologies that save energy to low-income weatherization and dissemination of information to consumers. [continue reading]
One of the more perplexing challenges in the conservation business is measuring energy savings from a retrofit. [continue reading]
Recently we got the opportunity to speak with Risa Edelstein, an expert on barrier seaming with adhesive tape. Edelstein is ...
A new building envelope sealing technology designed to effectively seal the outer shell of homes and buildings was unveiled today ...