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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Refining Straw Bale R-values

Author: Mary James
March 01, 1999

A new test of the thermal performance of a wall built with 19-inch straw bales laid flat revealed that the wall had an R-value of 27.5. [continue reading]

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Prefab Utility Walls Save Up-Front Costs

March 01, 1999

A new product called the Residential Utility Core Wall (ResCore) can save from $500 to more than $2,000 in construction costs for site-built homes. [continue reading]

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The High-Performance House--What Does it Take?

Author: John Tooley
March 01, 1999

Life is full of bumps and holes. But in a well-constructed house, no bumps or holes should interrupt the boundary between conditioned and unconditioned space or the barrier that prevents air movement between the outside and the inside. [continue reading]

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Choosing a Basement Wall System

March 01, 1999

Twenty years ago, standard concrete masonry block and cast-in-place (CIP) concrete basement foundation wall systems were the norm for single-family, low-rise housing. [continue reading]

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Saving Energy with Reflective Roofs

November 01, 1998

In 11 Florida homes with roofs coated with a white material during midsummer, average air conditioning energy use decreased by 8 kWh/day, or 19%. [continue reading]

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Window Rating Lessons from Around the Globe

Author: Peter Lyons
September 01, 1998

Twenty years ago, ratings for residential windows were not an issue-single-pane, clear glass was the norm, and double glazing was clearly better. [continue reading]

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Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?

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Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?

Energy efficiency is good for the economy, good for families, good for workers, and good for the environment.

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