Spreading the Green-Building Gospel
When you’re a green-building consultant, most people assume that your house is as green as possible. While I’ve always wanted to be able to brag about my superefficient home, until recently ...
"Sick building syndrome" is caused by everything from dangerous molds to meteorological occurrences. Improving the indoor air quality of these buildings calls for careful diagnostics and even more careful removal of and repairs to problem areas. [continue reading]
Being a general contractor, I have enough to do during construction without trying to invent new methods to address energy efficiency and indoor air quality questions. [continue reading]
Renovating historic homes is a tricky and sometimes onerous task. The desire to retain the historic character of the building, and in some cases the actual historic material, competes with the desire to improve energy performance. [continue reading]
Flaking paint and paint dust from old windows is a potential source of lead hazard. To eliminate the hazard of lead paint you can either remove the paint or remove the window. [continue reading]
Few homeowners really know how much money they squander on heating and cooling their new homes. Part of the problem is that they often see the road to greater residential energy efficiency as paved with a variety of expensive super-solutions, such as a super-efficient appliance or a super-insulated home. [continue reading]
Mention rock wool to most people in the energy audit and retrofit business and you get a visceral reaction. Immediately they start scratching and coughing, recalling dusty mats from old homes, heavy with 40 years of accumulated mouse droppings. [continue reading]
A 2015 study, “Impacts of global warming on residential heating and cooling degree-days in the United States,” comparing heating ...
“Why do you need to cool and heat the whole building? Why don’t you cool and heat ...