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Vapor Barriers Are a Good Thing, Right?

Vapor Barriers Are a Good Thing, Right?

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Builders once routinely stapled up sheets of polyethylene plastic on interior walls before the drywall went up to stop the flow of moisture-laden air into exterior walls. With moisture stopped in its...

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The Goldilocks Approach to Tight Houses: Is There A 'Just-Right' For Leakiness?

Many say "Tight houses need to breathe." To which, tight house advocates say "Where should I poke the hole, and how big should it be?"

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Q&A Spotlight: Can Solar Heat Be Stored for Next Winter?

Q&A Spotlight: Can Solar Heat Be Stored for Next Winter?

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Solar collectors crank out plenty of hot water during the summer, and can even make some contribution to space heating in winter. But conventional solar systems can’t store enough heat to make...

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Q&A Spotlight: How Do I Choose the Best Energy-Efficient Window?

Q&A Spotlight: How Do I Choose the Best Energy-Efficient Window?

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There was a time when opening, closing, and letting in light was all that any good window had to do. Nowadays, windows are anything but simple.

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Q&A Spotlight: How Green Are Tankless Water Heaters?

Q&A Spotlight: How Green Are Tankless Water Heaters?

If your super-efficient tankless system gives you an endless supply of hot water, you might actually be more likely to waste energy and water.

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Does Rigid Foam Insulation Trap Moisture in the Walls?

Does Rigid Foam Insulation Trap Moisture in the Walls?

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You can seriously cut your home's demand for energy by adding rigid insulation, but will wrapping your home with foam cause the walls to rot?

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Flushing Out the Ultra Water-Efficient Stealth Toilet

Flushing Out the Ultra Water-Efficient Stealth Toilet

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New vacuum-assist flush technology creates a super-quiet toilet that uses very little water.

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Estimating an Energy Efficiency Upgrade From Your Desktop Computer

Estimating an Energy Efficiency Upgrade From Your Desktop Computer

A session at the 2010 NAHB showcased a new web-based software can help you price out an energy retrofit without leaving your desktop

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¡Viva Verde!

¡Viva Verde!

For green building to survive it has to become bilingual.

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10 Ways to Cut Utility Bills

10 Ways to Cut Utility Bills

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Modeled on the ‘food pyramid,’ the conservation pyramid provides a step-by-step guide for energy retrofit work

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Green Building Myth #1: Its More Expensive

Green Building Myth #1: It's More Expensive

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The first of a multi-part myth-busting series. Simple strategies for building green can cost no more than regular building; many actually reduce costs.

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Understanding R-Value

Understanding R-Value

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R-value measures heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation.

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Is the EnergyStar Program Flawed?

Is the EnergyStar Program Flawed?

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According to recent news reports, the EnergyStar program may not be as diligent as it should be when it comes to vetting products.

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What a damp basement can do to brick

What a damp basement can do to brick

Some science-savy builders help an editor understand what's causing the base of an old chimney to deteriorate.

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Sustainable Energy Conference Comes to Boston

Sustainable Energy Conference Comes to Boston

Over 150 exhibitors and plenty of workshops are keeping our editor-at-large busy, entertained, and enlightened.

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Air Conditioning Basics

Air Conditioning Basics

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Everything you wanted to know about air conditioning, but were afraid to ask

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Haiti InnoVida Update

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Short movie shows how these homes go together.

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Have You Considered Vinyl Siding, Lately?

Have You Considered Vinyl Siding, Lately?

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Considering advances in product quality, energy efficiency, and improved manufacturing, it pays to take a second (or third) look at vinyl siding.

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IBS 2010: Green Builder Donates 1,000 Homes to Haitians

IBS 2010: Green Builder Donates 1,000 Homes to Haitians

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New building technology firm, InnoVida™, donates 1,000 homes to Haiti using Fiber Composite Structural Insulated panels introduced at IBS.

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IBS 2010: Last Tango in Vegas

IBS 2010: Last Tango in Vegas

A veteran's take on this year's International Builders' Show: Things can't get any worse

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