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The Trouble With Building Science
The Trouble With Building Science

Few people understand it. Nobody agrees what it is, how to learn about it, or who's responsible for it. It has never been more important

Zero Energy, at Last
Zero Energy, at Last

The sun lends a big hand to this efficient home in the North Carolina mountains

Build It Right: Lessons From New Orleans
Build It Right: Lessons From New OrleansOnline Membership Required

Hurricane Katrina can teach us many things. Make It Right wants safe, affordable, energy-efficient building to be one of them.

How to Insulate a Cold Floor
How to Insulate a Cold Floor

Properly air-sealed floors exposed on the underside to outdoor temperatures will have better energy performance

Air-Sealing a Basement
Air-Sealing a Basement

Close off gable vents?
Q & A: Close off gable vents?

Foam Shrinks, and Other Lessons
Foam Shrinks, and Other LessonsOnline Membership Required

What we learned from updating a 16-year-old deep-energy retrofit

To Vent or Not To Vent?
Q & A: To Vent or Not To Vent?

Payback Time
Payback TimeOnline Membership Required

A small house in Vermont goes above code to cut energy bills by more than half

Designed for Density
Designed for DensityOnline Membership Required

A big house on an infill lot embraces its historic neighborhood and proves that buyers are willing to pay for energy efficiency

Preventing Ice Dams
Preventing Ice Dams

Ice dams are a sign of an inefficient house

Save Energy with a Cool Roof
Save Energy with a Cool RoofOnline Membership Required

Reflective roofing improves comfort and reduces cooling costs in the Deep South and anywhere the sun shines

Rainwater Collection Lowers the Impact on a Coastal Site
Rainwater Collection Lowers the Impact on a Coastal SiteOnline Membership Required

Traditional architecture, new building methods, and rainwater collection combine to lessen a home’s imprint on its sensitive coastal site

Super Energy Efficient Home in a Cold Climate
Super Energy Efficient Home in a Cold ClimateOnline Membership Required

With the help of energy-modeling software, a pair of architects prove that well-designed, functional, and predictable performance is possible on a budget.

The Passive House: Green Without Gizmos
The Passive House: Green Without GizmosOnline Membership Required

“Use less energy” is the mantra of a stringent German building standard that’s catching on.

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