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 ...
Houses Survive the Freeze
In the middle of Canada's greatest natural disaster, building scientists were called upon to offer advice. Five days of relentless freezing rain brought down millions of trees and 230 high-voltage electric transmission towers. [continue reading]
First Step in Cellulose Sealing: Spot the Style
For the last 16 years, I have run a company called Lake Construction in Vermont. We use cellulose insulation to improve health, safety, durability, comfort, and energy efficiency in many styles of buildings. [continue reading]
SIPs Face the Skeptics
On a balmy Saturday morning last August in Sedro-Wooley, Washington, a group of volunteers and construction professionals set out to build a house, and finish before game time on Sunday. They would use structural insulated panels (SIPs), a 45-year-old method and material that most builders still view with skepticism. [continue reading]
Manufactured Housing: Proving Ground for SIPs?
HUD-code manufactured housing is one of the fastest growing types of housing and one of the most affordable. [continue reading]
Moisture Control In Bathrooms
Mold, mildew, failing grout, dislodged tiles, water stains, wet insulation, rotting walls--moisture in bathroom walls causes serious problems. [continue reading]
How Tight Are America's Houses?
Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) recently collected blower door data from across the country to analyze the airtightness of the U.S. housing stock. [continue reading]
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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.