Ventilation and IAQ in New California Homes

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Ventilation and IAQ in New California Homes

Starting in the mid-2000s, the California Energy Commission funded several research studies (for example, Price, et al., 2007, and Offermann, 2009) that aimed to evaluate the potential indoor air quality (IAQ) impacts associated with envelope air ...

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Combustion Appliance Testing: Why, How, When?

November 07, 2010

Combustion appliance testing, before and after weatherizing a home, is an absolute necessity to protect homeowners from the effects of CO gas and other combustion products. Learn the BPI test procedures. [continue reading]


Mold & Rot: Look Before You Leap When Weatherizing

Author: Mac Pierce
January 06, 2010

Molds are an ancient life form. Neither plants nor animals, molds are members of the Kingdom of the Fungi. Familiar members of the fungal kingdom include molds, mushrooms, and yeasts. Fungi digest spent life, transforming ... [continue reading]


Is There a Downside to High-MERV Filters?

November 02, 2009

The new high-MERV filters extract an energy penalty. [continue reading]


How Do You Spell IAQ?

Author: Eric Werling
November 04, 2007

EPA is adding an indoor air quality segment to the already well-known Energy Star programs - the Energy Star Indoor Air Package (IAP). [continue reading]


Understanding CFLs

November 01, 2007

Although the use of CFLs is steadily spreading, public understanding about how to dispose of them responsibly has not kept pace. [continue reading]


Greening Interior Surfaces

Author: Jim LaRue
July 01, 2007

When we home energy folks decided to identify “building performance” as a description for our work, little did we know what a Pandora’s box we opened. This identification now requires us ... [continue reading]


Greening Your Ventilation

Author: Jim LaRue
May 06, 2007

    Since today’s houses are now tightened for air conditioning as well as heating, there is less and less natural ventilation in our homes. This means that additional forms of mechanical ... [continue reading]


What's the Value of One Life Saved

Author: Larry Zarker
March 09, 2007

Training in the whole-house approach to home performance gives contractors the ability to save lives as well as energy. [continue reading]

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