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Infrared Cameras for Building Science and Home Performance

Infrared Cameras for Building Science and Home Performance

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Building-science consultant Flemming Lund explains how to use IR cameras to identify missing insulation, air leaks, water leaks, and more

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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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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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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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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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How to Do Everything: The Energy Nerds Greatest Hits

How to Do Everything: The Energy Nerd's Greatest Hits

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If you plan to design, build, or remodel an energy efficient house, Energy Nerd Martin Holladay's collection of how-to articles is a must-read

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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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Airtight Wall and Roof Sheathing

Airtight Wall and Roof Sheathing

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In the early 1970s, residential builders knew almost nothing about air tightness. Nowadays, there's plenty of data showing why it's so important to air-seal houses.

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Taking Aim at Californias Low-Carbon Target

Taking Aim at California's Low-Carbon Target

As the state prepares to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 1990 levels over the next 38 years, scientists predict a mostly electric future

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Lawmaker Targets DOEs Weatherization Program

Lawmaker Targets DOE's Weatherization Program

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It's all part of Representative Chuck Fleischmann’s campaign to stop "green initiative abuse"

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Summer is the Time to Head Off Ice Dams

Summer is the Time to Head Off Ice Dams

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Corrective action now will prevent ice dams and water intrusion when winter rolls around again

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How to Calculate Savings from Energy Improvements

How to Calculate Savings from Energy Improvements

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Is there a reliable way of estimating lower energy costs, or are there too many variables?

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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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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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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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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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Whats Worse: Air Leaks or Not Enough Insulation

What's Worse: Air Leaks or Not Enough Insulation

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Al Cobb's goal is simple: Build better houses and help consumers make better choices. To do that more effectively, he wants to understand the root causes of heat loss a little better. Are air leaks or low insulation levels the real culprit?

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Can You Add Rigid-Foam Insulation On the Inside of a Wall?

Can You Add Rigid-Foam Insulation On the Inside of a Wall?

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Leaving exterior walls intact during a kitchen remodel, a builder has a plan for boosting the insulation and getting a good air seal by applying rigid foam on the inside.

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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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The Goldilocks Approach to Tight Houses: Is There A 'Just-Right' For Leakiness?

Many say "Tight houses need to breathe." To which, tight house advocates say "Where should I poke the hole, and how big should it be?"

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