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Will Passivhaus or passive solar be the best fit for this project?

Will Passivhaus or passive solar be the best fit for this project?

A Pennsylvania homeowner is planning to downsize into a smaller house and looks for a prescription for energy efficiency on a small budget.

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Name This Detail

Name This Detail

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An interesting architectural feature on this old home has many of us scratching our head.

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Is Radiant Floor Heating the Best Way To Warm A Well-Insulated House?

Is Radiant Floor Heating the Best Way To Warm A Well-Insulated House?

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Lukas Smith is looking for the best way to build the radiant-heating system in his new home in southern Ontario. But, feedback from folks in the forums is causing him to think twice about using radiant heat at all.

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Bosch Wall Scanner Available February 1st

Bosch Wall Scanner Available February 1st

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The new wall scanner by Bosch should be available in stores starting Feb. 1st

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Ice Dams, Can Lights, Wet Walls, and Water Damage

Ice Dams, Can Lights, Wet Walls, and Water Damage

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It's the time of year that I watch my neighbor across the street pulls out her roof rake and begin raking her roof. Now it you all knew my neighbor, you might think nothing of it. This is the lady...

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A Passive House in Rhode Island

A Passive House in Rhode Island

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An ultra-efficient home in Rhode Island offers inspration for the rest of us

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Will Double Stud Wall Construction Bring Efficiency at a Modest Cost?

Will Double Stud Wall Construction Bring Efficiency at a Modest Cost?

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An owner-builder in western Washington State with a strict construction budget wonders how to get the energy efficiency she wants with what she has to spend.

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How to Live Comfortably Off the Grid

How to Live Comfortably Off the Grid

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A builder in British Columbia will soon be building an off-the-grid house for an island couple. Although the house will be heated primarily with wood, it will still need a backup system, and he looks for advice on the best approach.

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How to Make a 1930s Bungalow Cozy

How to Make a 1930s Bungalow Cozy

A bungalow in northern Massachusetts has been renovated twice in the last 10 years but still has a major weakness when it comes to energy efficiency: an uninsulated field stone basement and a furnace and air handler located in an unconditioned attic.

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How to Make Your Kitchen Look Better and Work Harder on a Budget

How to Make Your Kitchen Look Better and Work Harder on a Budget

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Get the most out of your cabinets and counter tops without spending an arm and a leg. Download this free book chapter on smart kitchen planning.

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