Historic Book Review

May/June 2009
A version of this article appears in the May/June 2009 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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May 06, 2009
EDITOR'S NOTE: It is unusual for Home Energy to publish a review of a book that is not named, as we do here. The review was written and included as a way to honor and salute a pioneering 1980s text. The review is also a commentary on the reality that it has been (and continues to be) a difficult challenge getting a high percentage of energy-efficient (and comfortable, healthy, safe, and sustainable) homes built, even though much of the building science currently being promoted was known when Home Energy premiered 25 years ago. So here’s a tried and true—and still relevant—tool for your toolboxes. For the younger among our readers who may not know of the book reviewed on this page, its title is revealed on p. 62. This is a published book on energy-efficient homes. Can you identify it? The purpose and content of this book are best summarized based on author comments in the preface, such as “it draws on innovative methods and products, all tested in the field”; “it brings together pertinent information. . . into one resource volume”; ”it can be used on many levels”; and “it ...

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