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How to Insulate a Slab Foundation

How to Insulate a Slab Foundation

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Have you ever wondered why Slab Foundations aren't insulated? Two reasons, your house needs to be pretty efficient first before it's necessary, then it's darn hard to accomplish without making an easy path for termites. In this video I'll show you how we used Borated Treated Perimeter foam to insulate a Texas Slab on Grade Foundation.

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Net-Zero Communities Sprouting in Upstate New York

Net-Zero Communities Sprouting in Upstate New York

A builder with a background in conventional construction changes gears to build with insulating concrete forms. His net-zero-energy houses have very low rates of air infiltration.

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Converting an Incandescent Ceiling Can to an LED

Converting an Incandescent Ceiling Can to an LED

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Energy-saving retrofits don't get much easier than this. Because the old can stays put, you can convert a fixture in minutes.

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Why I Regret Making My House a Smart-House

Why I Regret Making My House a Smart-House

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The only regret I have in my full house remodel was believing a Smart House was going to make my life better.

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What Makes the Best Air Barrier?

What Makes the 'Best' Air Barrier?

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Planning a high-performance house in Massachusetts, Bill L asks the Green Building Advisor's Q&A Forum how to build in an air barrier that will stand the test of time. He's not sure that specialized construction tapes are the way to go.

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Garage AC - Wrong Way & Right Way

Garage AC - Wrong Way & Right Way

Who wouldn't love their garage to be Air Conditioned? In this video I'll show you two methods to accomplish that cool garage.

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Habitat for Humanitys Net-Zero Community

Habitat for Humanity's Net-Zero Community

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Now in its second year of construction, this Habitat community ultimately will include 18 housing units, community gardens, an "edible landscape," and a community center.

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Net-Zero Energy House in a Kit

Net-Zero Energy House in a Kit

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A Vermont manufacturer of structural insulated panels has launched a line of kit houses that should generate as much power as they consume. Kits include photovoltaic panels, ductless minisplit heating and cooling, and triple-glazed windows.

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CREE CR6 LED Recessed Light Review - 2 years later

CREE CR6 LED Recessed Light Review - 2 years later

We installed a house full of these CREE CR6 LED bulbs 2 years ago and I had a chance to interview the Architect/Client about his experience.

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Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater w/ H20 heat exchanger

Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater w/ H20 heat exchanger

A Finnish Contraflow masonry heater with H20 heat exchanger and veneered with Monarch sandstone in Colorado Gulch Montana. Design by Ron Pihl (owner of WarmStone Fireplaces & Designs), installation...

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Tulikivi Gemini

Tulikivi Gemini

Tulikivi Gemini in Holiday mode, near Stevensville MT. Installation by WarmStone Fireplaces & Designs.

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Tulikivi Custom TTU2700 with Soapstone Shelves

Tulikivi Custom TTU2700 with Soapstone Shelves

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Big Sky Country see-through Tulikivi fireplace in Big Sky, Mt. Installation by WarmStone Fireplaces & Designs.

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Tulikivi Custom Boulder

Tulikivi Custom Boulder

A rugged fireplace for rough country - this one-of-a-kind Tulikivi Boulder Style fireplace provides heat for an Everlog home in Western Montana, while also providing a platform for baking on its back...

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Tulikivi Custom TTU2700

Tulikivi Custom TTU2700

Architect, Rann Haight designed this Tulikivi fireplace to blend with the Arts and Crafts theme in this Utah home. Installed by WarmStone Fireplaces & Designs.

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See Through Tulikivi with Sunburst Hearth

See Through Tulikivi with Sunburst Hearth

This Tulikivi see through fireplace was put just inside a new addition. The Tulikivi became the perfect room divider addng gentle radiant heat to both the new and existing parts of the home. A copper...

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Tulikivi Fireplace in Frank Lloyd Wright home - McCartney House - Kalamazoo MI

Tulikivi Fireplace in Frank Lloyd Wright home - McCartney House - Kalamazoo MI

The customer was familiar with Tulikivi masonry heaters and wanted one for his newly acquired Frank Lloyd Wright home (McCartney House) in Kalamazoo MI. The quality of heat from the fireplace...

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Water Heater thats also an AC!  ATI66 Heat Pump Water Heater Review

Water Heater that's also an AC! ATI66 Heat Pump Water Heater Review

I like Heat Pump Water Heaters, they heat water and they throw off cool & dehumidified air! Seems like the perfect product to have inside our Hot Texas homes. See my full review of the AirGenerate ATI 66 gallon HPWH.

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Masonry woodstove with pizza oven

Masonry woodstove with pizza oven

In our new passive solar home designed by Sunplans, the masonry woodstove is a primary heat source. With just one or two burns a day, it radiates heat efficiently for 24 hours. An added bonus is the...

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Tankless vs Tank vs HPWH - 10 Year Costs Estimates - Large Custom Home

Tankless vs Tank vs HPWH - 10 Year Costs Estimates - Large Custom Home

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Most large custom homes that I've seen are relatively in-efficient in their hot water strategy. Many homes above 5000sf have 2+ 75 gal tank water heaters with a circulation pump. I thought this 7000sf home I'm about to break ground on would be a good case study on what some more efficient water heaters might cost over a 10 year period. This is some geeky stuffy...Enjoy! -Matt Risinger

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Home Energy-Efficiency Upgrades for Beginners

Home Energy-Efficiency Upgrades for Beginners

Advice for homeowners: Inspect your house for these common energy problems to get a better idea on where your money is best spent

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