Overcoming Obstacles to Advanced Air Sealing

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Overcoming Obstacles to Advanced Air Sealing

We all know the basics of energy efficiency. Air seal high in the building, then low, then insulate. Seems simple, right? Stop the air from leaking into or out of the building. Save money. Increase ...

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Hempcrete: Eco-Friendly and Unique

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September 28, 2015

Using hemp as an insulator might seem far-fetched. Laughable even. But this green sustainable material just might be the answer to many builders’ problems. Here’s why you should give it a chance. [continue reading]

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Honey, why is water dripping from the ceiling when it's bright and sunny outside?

Author: Bob Wendt
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January 01, 2015

This past February I received the following e-mail: Hi, Guys, We've had trouble with water spots on the ceiling since late last fall, and our builder tells us it's the result of melting snow—... [continue reading]

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V-Strip Weather Strip Update: Two Years Later

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November 21, 2014

An important factor in the airtightness of a building, and its energy efficiency, is the amount of infiltration allowed through closed windows and doors. Typical old double-hung windows are especially prone to infiltration. [continue reading]

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Reflective-Insulation and Radiant-Barrier Systems

Author: Luke Rogers
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December 30, 2013

A reflective-insulation system consists of a low-e surface, like aluminum, which is installed facing an enclosed air space. Enclosed air typically has an R-value of about R-1 per inch, but by reducing the radiant-heat transfer ... [continue reading]

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Unvented Attics: Encapsulating with Spray Polyurethane Foam

Author: Brett Dillon
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November 01, 2013

The idea behind venting to remove moisture is to allow it to escape out. Unfortunately in humid climates, it's much more complicated. [continue reading]

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Good Bones: Structural Framing Tips for Better Energy Performance Under the Latest Codes

Author: Glen Robak
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June 30, 2013

It is virtually impossible to achieve the standards of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) by accident, let alone those of the 2012 IECC, which is even more stringent. The 2012 IECC reaches into almost every part ... [continue reading]

What's In a Name?

Jim Gunshinan

What's In a Name?

That’s a little over the top. But the point is, even though Home Energy will undergo the second ...

The Environmental Benefits of Restoring Old Homes

Holly Welles

The Environmental Benefits of Restoring Old Homes

The sustainability movement has swept across the construction industry. Green homebuilding has grown in favor because of its health benefits, ...

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