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At times, the solutions to our problems are hiding in plain sight. Sometimes the hardest part is taking the time to examine things that we assume don’t need to be examined. Consider my ...

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Profiles of Multifamily Weatherization Projects

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September 01, 1995

Weatherizing multifamily buildings can yield substantial savings for both owners and occupants, according to the results of case studies of buildings throughout the country. [continue reading]

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Multifamily Retrofit, Southern Style

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September 01, 1995

Multifamily buildings in warm climates often use a lot of electricity for air conditioning, presenting excellent opportunities for energy savings. [continue reading]

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"Fix-a-Flat" for Ducts

Author: Jeanne Byrne
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July 01, 1995

People who seal ducts for a living are used to crawling in tight, dirty spaces, but even the lean and nimble technician will find sections of duct that are simply inaccessible or not worth the effort. A new method developed at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) is designed to reduce the frustrations of duct sealing, improve sealing capability, and reduce cost, time, and material requirements. [continue reading]

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Urethane Foams and Air Leakage Control

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July 01, 1995

Urethane foams can make a major contribution to improving the energy efficiency of buildings when they are used as an air leakage control material or as a component of an air barrier system. [continue reading]

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Retrofitting Flooded Homes

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January 01, 1995

In the Great Flood of 1993, more than 10 million acres were inundated by floods that caused more than $12 billion of property damage in the nine states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Missouri. [continue reading]

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Don't Throw that Window Out the Window!

Author: Jeanne Byrne
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November 01, 1994

There are many ways to retrofit a window. Most strategies involve replacing the glass, frame, and sash with double-paned low-E glass, and a new wood or vinyl frame and sash. [continue reading]

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"Superwindow" Retrofits Show Significant Energy Savings

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September 01, 1994

Windows account for a fairly large percentage of the heat loss of houses. Even in new homes built to stringent energy code, windows still account for about 25% of the overall conductive heat loss. [continue reading]

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Energy Efficiency and the Floods

Author: Cyril Penn
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November 01, 1993

Massive flooding in the Midwest devastated lives and property this summer, and in September with the winter heating season fast approaching there was much confusion about how the recovery might occur and what role energy-efficiency would play in reconstruction. [continue reading]

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Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?

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Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?

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