Build Your Own Code
Nobody likes energy codes. This unfortunate fact maintains my popularity ratings, as a writer and enforcer of energy codes, down in the low single digits. Energy codes fall into the same category as speed limits ...
Rethinking Radon Standards
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a model radon control standard for residential construction, with adoption of the standard expected sometime this winter. [continue reading]
Checking Out HUD's Proposed Mobile Home Performance Standards
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed new standards aimed at reducing heat loss in new manufactured homes and was expected to issue a final set of standards in late October. [continue reading]
LOOKING AHEAD Raising Standards and Savings New Group Hunts Bad Ducts
Does 40 billion kWh sound like a lot of energy? How about 4 billion therms? Researchers believe that's how much electrical and gas energy this country could save by fixing inefficient ducts using current techniques. [continue reading]
One Size Fits All: A Thermal Distribution Efficiency Standard
When it comes to residential duct systems, even the experts can't agree on the proper definition for energy efficiency. For example, how could one possibly compare an hydronic system with an air system? [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.