Copyright (c) 2014 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Energy-efficiency" tag posts Fine Homebuilding - "Energy-efficiency" tag posts Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:15:02 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Energy-efficiency" tag posts Fine Homebuilding - "Energy-efficiency" tag posts <![CDATA[Harpoon House]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:13:31 -0500 Harpoon House Posted by Lincoln_Barbour
A small house with just enough space ]]>
<![CDATA[Historic Factory converted into Live Work Lofts In Oakland Ca.]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:00:00 -0500 Historic Factory converted into Live Work Lofts In Oakland Ca. Posted by KenGutmaker
Using the bones of a 1940s factory, an architect creates beautiful light filled living spaces in an industrial section of Oakland Ca. ]]>
<![CDATA[Just Big Enough]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:48:47 -0500 Just Big Enough Posted by Susan_Teare
Surrounded by towering Red and Scots pine trees, this couple finds refuge and renewal in a rebuilt house that is just the right size. ]]>
<![CDATA[Solar In the City]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:24:21 -0500 Solar In the City Posted by KenGutmaker
A renovated Victorian becomes a self sustaining Zero energy home. ]]>
<![CDATA[Bragg Hill Residence]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:19:33 -0500 Bragg Hill Residence Posted by IntegrityRemodel
Beginning with a goal of creating direct connection to the site, Bragg Hill was designed to celebrate the landscape, while seamlessly incorporating sustainability. ]]>
<![CDATA[How Quiet is a Mitsubishi VRF AC Compressor? ]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:59:30 -0500 How Quiet is a Mitsubishi VRF AC Compressor?  Posted by Matt Risinger
Has a noisy AC Compressor outside a bedroom window ever bothered you? Mitsubishi claims to make the quietest AC Compressor on the market. Let's test and see if their claim is true! ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: An App to Eliminate Callbacks]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:45:06 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: An App to Eliminate Callbacks Posted by FPR
By putting installation information at your fingertips, the new app by Construction Instruction helps you get the job done right the first time. ]]>
<![CDATA[Joe Lstiburek's "Perfect Wall" explained - The 500 Year House]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:34:39 -0500 Joe Lstiburek's Posted by Matt Risinger
I'm a huge fan of Building Science teacher Joe Lstiburek and I'm finally building my first house with his "Perfect Wall" concept. Join me as I explain this theory for extreme durability and efficiency (and show off a house I'm building in Austin). ]]>
<![CDATA[Ten Great Home Improvement Resources]]> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:38:13 -0500 Ten Great Home Improvement Resources Posted by ChuckB
Sources for home improvement materials and information ]]>
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: An Inexpensive, Resource-Efficient Building]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:22:58 -0500 Patrick's Barn: An Inexpensive, Resource-Efficient Building Posted by FHBdotcom
Fine Homebuilding associate editor Patrick McCombe describes the construction of an energy-efficient outbuilding he built for about $32,000. ]]>
<![CDATA[Ductless Minisplits for DIYers]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:25:36 -0500 Ductless Minisplits for DIYers Posted by ScottG
An air-source heat pump powers this air-conditioning and heating unit designed for installation by homeowners. ]]>
<![CDATA[Why You Should Heat Your Home with an Air-Source Heat Pump]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:55:35 -0500 Why You Should Heat Your Home with an  Air-Source Heat Pump Posted by FHBdotcom
In a presentation at NESEA's 2014 BuildingEnergy conference, Rick Nortz from Mitsubishi Electric explains why modern air-source heat pumps are poised to become the fastest growing segment of the US HVAC industry ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Install a Liquid-Applied Weather-Resistant Barrier]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:26:38 -0500 How to Install a Liquid-Applied Weather-Resistant Barrier Posted by FHBdotcom
Ken Lynch & Joe Studer from Tremco Barrier Solutions demonstrate how to apply roll-on and brush-on alternatives to housewrap and flashing tape at NESEA's 2014 conference ]]>
<![CDATA[BuildingEnergy 2014: Stump the Energy Nerd]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:12:31 -0500 BuildingEnergy 2014: Stump the Energy Nerd Posted by FHBdotcom editor Martin Holladay takes questions from the audience at NESEA's annual energy-efficiency and solar-power conference ]]>
<![CDATA[The Risks of Building Green]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:47:08 -0500 The Risks of Building Green Posted by ScottG
Contractors who make sustainable building their focus face a variety of business risks that mainstream builders don't have. ]]>
<![CDATA[The 4 Major Window Frame Types - Southern US recommendations ]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:13:02 -0500 The 4 Major Window Frame Types - Southern US recommendations Posted by Matt Risinger
The 4 major window frame materials are Vinyl, Fiberglass/Composite, Aluminum, & Wood. In this video we will discuss the pros/cons of each type along with my recommendations for the Hot/Humid Southern US. ]]>
<![CDATA[IBS 2014: Zip System's New Radiant-Barrier Option]]> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 05:47:18 -0500 IBS 2014: Zip System's New Radiant-Barrier Option Posted by JFink
Radiant barriers are not new, but Huber has added this feature to their already well-performing sheathing system ]]>
<![CDATA[BuildingEnergy Conference in Boston This Week]]> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:05:00 -0500 BuildingEnergy Conference in Boston This Week Posted by ScottG
The annual conference sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association is the largest building efficiency program in the region. ]]>
<![CDATA[Demystifying Window Labels - SHGC? U-Factor? ]]> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 22:49:40 -0500 Demystifying Window Labels - SHGC? U-Factor?  Posted by Matt Risinger
Learn to decipher the codes on the window labels, and know what stats to look for in a good window (and what meets current building codes). In this video I'll explain in plain english what U-Factor means (and how to relate it to R-value), as well as the meaning to SHGC. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review]]> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:34:44 -0500 Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review Posted by Matt Risinger
Sticky House Wrap? Yes, that makes perfect sense. I just completed my first job with Delta Vent SA a house wrap from German company Cosella-Dorken. Here's my impressions. ]]>