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Patricks Barn: An Inexpensive, Resource-Efficient Building

Patrick's Barn: An Inexpensive, Resource-Efficient Building

Fine Homebuilding associate editor Patrick McCombe describes the construction of an energy-efficient outbuilding he built for about $32,000.

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Ductless Minisplits for DIYers

Ductless Minisplits for DIYers

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An air-source heat pump powers this air-conditioning and heating unit designed for installation by homeowners.

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Why You Should Heat Your Home with an  Air-Source Heat Pump

Why You Should Heat Your Home with an Air-Source Heat Pump

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

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How to Install a Liquid-Applied Weather-Resistant Barrier

How to Install a Liquid-Applied Weather-Resistant Barrier

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

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BuildingEnergy 2014: Stump the Energy Nerd

BuildingEnergy 2014: Stump the Energy Nerd

GreenBuildingAdvisor.com editor Martin Holladay takes questions from the audience at NESEA's annual energy-efficiency and solar-power conference

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The Risks of Building Green

The Risks of Building Green

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Contractors who make sustainable building their focus face a variety of business risks that mainstream builders don't have.

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The 4 Major Window Frame Types - Southern US recommendations

The 4 Major Window Frame Types - Southern US recommendations

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.

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IBS 2014: Zip Systems New Radiant-Barrier Option

IBS 2014: Zip System's New Radiant-Barrier Option

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Radiant barriers are not new, but Huber has added this feature to their already well-performing sheathing system

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BuildingEnergy Conference in Boston This Week

BuildingEnergy Conference in Boston This Week

The annual conference sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association is the largest building efficiency program in the region.

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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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Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review

Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review

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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.

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Contemporary NW Project by artisansgroup

Contemporary NW Project by artisansgroup

Essential, contemporary, and inviting defines this extremely energy efficient, Energy Star certified, Passive House design-inspired home in the Pacific Northwest. Designed for an active family of...

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Habitats High-Performance Experiment

Habitat's High-Performance Experiment

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Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the U.S. are beginning to build Passive House and net-zero-energy projects, but only a small fraction of the nonprofit's local chapters are making the leap.

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Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review

Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review

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There are 4 things every house must control (in order of importance). 1. Water 2. Air 3. Vapor 4. Thermal Codes have only started to address air control and I think many builders in the US are behind in this area.

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Cheap Trick - Recessed Dryer Box Model 425 Review

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If you've ever installed a clothes dryer you know the vent at the back is in danger of being choked & pinched the moment you push the unit into place. This little $30 part is worth it's weight in gold!

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CREEs New Linear LED Fixture Review SL24 & SL40

CREE's New Linear LED Fixture Review SL24 & SL40

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I think this new CREE fixture might finally signal the end of the T-5 Fluorescent Fixtures.

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Learn More About Advanced Framing

Learn More About Advanced Framing

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APA--The Engineered Wood Association offers a primer on framing techniques that reduce waste and increase energy efficiency by allowing more room for insulation.

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How to Use Spray Foam to Meet New Energy Codes in Warm Climates

How to Use Spray Foam to Meet New Energy Codes in Warm Climates

As a builder in the hot and humid South, I regularly use spray foam in my houses. Spray foam makes it much easier to encapsulate my attic (where most HVAC systems in Texas live) so that my ducts are inside the thermal envelope.

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Vermont Super-insulated Ski Home

Vermont Super-insulated Ski Home

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This is a second home in Vermont in an area with many over-sized inefficient ski homes. We designed the home to be very low maintenence inside and out as well as maintain a comfortable temperature...

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Are Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems Really That Much Better?

Are Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems Really That Much Better?

A writer wonders whether off-the-grid systems might rightfully find a place in the debate over renewable energy.

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