Preparing for Climate Change

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Preparing for Climate Change

Home performance, long seen as a tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, can also help individuals and communities adapt to climate change. To be effective in this role, the home performance industry must itself learn ...

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Moisture and Mobile Home Weatherization

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July 01, 1995

Most newer manufactured homes in the Pacific Northwest, as well as many older mobile homes, have a vapor retarder on the inside of the wall cavity--typically right behind the gypsum board. However, many older mobile homes, especially those built before the 1980s, were manufactured with a vapor retarder on the outside of the wall cavity--generally right behind the metal (or sometimes wood) siding. [continue reading]

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Combustion Safety Checks: How Not to Kill Your Clients

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March 01, 1995

Heating contractors, inspectors, and energy auditors all have different approaches to inspecting combustion appliances. Combustion problems come in various sizes and shapes, and individual tests may not by themselves prove if the house is actually safe. [continue reading]

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Fireplaces: Studies in Contrasts

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September 01, 1994

Conventional fireplaces are incompatible with new, tighter housing, or with weatherized homes because of their large air requirements and the incomplete combustion products they produce. [continue reading]

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Rethinking Radon Standards

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November 01, 1993

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a model radon control standard for residential construction, with adoption of the standard expected sometime this winter. [continue reading]

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Building Tightness Guidelines: When Is a House Too Tight?

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March 01, 1993

After more than a decade of training and field experience, low-income weatherization crews are substantially increasing the air tightness of homes. [continue reading]

HPXML Dominates Residential Market, New Report Finds

Julie Caracino

HPXML Dominates Residential Market, New Report Finds

The Home Performance Extensible Markup Language (HPXML) Data Dictionary and Transfer Standard have been gaining traction in the residential energy ...

Can Energy Monitoring Services Bolster Your Bottom Line?

Charles Cormany

Can Energy Monitoring Services Bolster Your Bottom Line?

For years the HVAC industry has relied on repeat visits to existing customers to generate new business. The service contract ...

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