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Demystifying Window Labels - SHGC? U-Factor?

Demystifying Window Labels - SHGC? U-Factor?

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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.

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Indoor-Air Quality and Ventilation for Homes in Hot-Humid Climates

Indoor-Air Quality and Ventilation for Homes in Hot-Humid Climates

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The weather in the Southern United States poses a unique challenge to the issues of ventilation and indoor-air quality. Here are my opinions and suggestions on how to address these issues if you are building or remodeling in the South.

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High-Performance Homes Dos & Donts: Mark LaLiberte Seminar Notes

High-Performance Homes Dos & Don'ts: Mark LaLiberte Seminar Notes

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Mark LaLiberte is an amazing building-science teacher. Read my blogging notes from his seminar titled "Building High-Performance Homes Dos & Don'ts," which I attended in Austin, Texas. Remember that this is focused on Texas construction, but there is plenty to learn here for anyone in the U.S.

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Smart Design Advice for Hot & Humid Climates (i.e. The South)

Smart Design Advice for Hot & Humid Climates (i.e. The South)

Architect Peter Pfeiffer talks about how to utilize smart design for a house in a hot climate zone. His green building advice is practical and following his advice will result in a house that's well designed for the rigors of a hot climate. If you want a comfortable, efficient, durable house and you live in the South then this video will give you tons to think about.

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Creating an Urban Oasis: A Green Live-Work Space Blooms on a Gritty City Lot

Creating an Urban Oasis: A Green Live-Work Space Blooms on a Gritty City Lot

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Recycled shipping containers, energy-scrimping details and a sophisticated design sense create a handsome urban compound in a transitional neighborhood.

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Bunkhouse in the Woods!

Bunkhouse in the Woods!

Here is what kept me sane a few years ago!  Decided that we needed more space for my kids and their cousins at the shared family cottage.  Set out to build a bunkie that would give them a...

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Green Building is for Whiners and Hippies

Green Building is for Whiners and Hippies

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Scott Adams (the creator of Dilbert) and the Wall Street Journal take aim at green building.

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Hidden rain gutters and down spouts

Hidden rain gutters and down spouts

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Hidden rain gutters and downspouts on the Rainmaker House 2051 Hillside Drive. http://www.therainmakerhouse.com I've never liked the tacked on look of conventional aluminum gutters and down spouts...

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UPDATE: Winners Chosen in our Toward a Zero Energy Home Book Givaway

UPDATE: Winners Chosen in our 'Toward a Zero Energy Home' Book Givaway

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Leave a comment here by 1pm, Tuesday, May 18, for a chance to win the book "Toward a Zero Energy Home", a complete guide to energy self-sufficiency at home.

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Lunch Pail Podcast - March 26, 2010

Lunch Pail Podcast - March 26, 2010

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Learn how to find and use mineral wool in our weekly podcast. Plus, when do architectural aesthetics trump energy efficient building practices?

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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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Call it Structural Insulated Snowpack

Call it "Structural Insulated Snowpack"

Igloo-building might just be a lesson in traditional energy-efficient construction

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Our Vermont Home Project

Our Vermont Home Project

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This is the first gallery entry for the new home construction project my wife and I are working on in Plainfield, Vermont.  These are a few snapshots of our life & project to date.

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Little West Kill House

Little West Kill House

Attention to Detail: Custom Designed Modern Japanese style Home, large overhangs, wrap around deck, 2,124 SF, Single family. Frosted glass Douglas Fir Entry Double doors, dragonfly doorbell, Acorn...

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Kitchen

Kitchen

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A well appointed kitchen without the large expense.

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