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 ...
Q I enjoyed reading your article on the home you recently built in Ohio (“Design, Construction, and Performance in Ohio,” Jan/Feb ’07, p. 36). I am an architect practicing in the Pacific Northwest (... [continue reading]
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There's an important, although little-known, advantage to cool roofs: They help cool the planet. [continue reading]
Build your crawlspaces to keep energy losses to a minimum, while also keeping your pipes from freezing. [continue reading]
Daylighting: A method of illuminating building interiors with natural light so that the use of artificial lighting is reduced in the daytime. Common daylighting strategies include the proper orientation ... [continue reading]
Energy efficiency is good for the economy, good for families, good for workers, and good for the environment.
As you probably know, 2020 will see the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implementing stricter rules concerning refrigerants in the United States. ...