Online Tool Ensures High-Quality Weatherization Work
The idea of using step-by-step descriptions to help workers understand what's needed to achieve a desired outcome is common in the fast-food industry—but applying this approach to weatherization requires some creative thinking. Clearly, ...
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]
In 1978, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published Project Retro-Tech to provide all states a manual technique for identifying low-income weatherization measures that would produce the most energy savings per dollar spent. [continue reading]
As part of the national evaluation of its Weatherization Assistance Program, the U.S. Department of Energy wanted to take a closer look at low-income households to identify differences in their energy-use from the rest of the population and determine who would benefit most from residential energy-efficiency improvements. [continue reading]
It's autumn in the Northeast. You are observing a home from your car. It's a single-story house, about 60 years old, its windows are single-glazed and odds are fifty-fifty that it has wall insulation. [continue reading]
There is no single formula for success in running a weatherization program. That is the conclusion of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Evaluation of ten exemplary weatherization agencies. [continue reading]
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The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 student design competition, which challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate ...