Coming Soon: Instantly Airtight Houses

“A new technology may soon provide a short cut—a way to seal an entire house in the space of an hour, producing blower door test scores today’s builders can only dream of. The technology was invented at UC Davis sixteen

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Coming Soon: Instantly Airtight Houses

“A new technology may soon provide a short cut—a way to seal an entire house in the space of an hour, producing blower door test scores today’s builders can only dream of. The technology was invented at UC Davis sixteen

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Five Myths About Fire Sprinklers

Great feature on residential fire sprinklers on Green Builder Magazine.  The first is my favorite: “1. When one sprinkler goes off, all the sprinklers activate. The sprinkler heads react to temperatures in each room individually, allowing only the sprinkler closest

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Five Myths About Fire Sprinklers

Great feature on residential fire sprinklers on Green Builder Magazine.  The first is my favorite: “1. When one sprinkler goes off, all the sprinklers activate. The sprinkler heads react to temperatures in each room individually, allowing only the sprinkler closest

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NAHB opposition to the 2012 Code

A little gem from the today’s NAHB e-newsletter referring to the Website article which has following headline: “NAHB-Recommended Code Amendments Can Save Home Buyers and Home Builders Big Bucks” As the champion of the status quo the article leads off with:”NAHB’s

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NAHB opposition to the 2012 Code

A little gem from the today’s NAHB e-newsletter referring to the Website article which has following headline: “NAHB-Recommended Code Amendments Can Save Home Buyers and Home Builders Big Bucks” As the champion of the status quo the article leads off with:”NAHB’s

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Inertia

Consider this tidbit from here:  “Virtually all furnaces installed in Wisconsin now are 90+, and 40% have ECMs… When contrasted with this from Jan. 15, 2013 Why DOE’s Cave on Furnace Standards Is Such a Big Deal By Andrew deLaski, Executive Director,

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Inertia

Consider this tidbit from here:  “Virtually all furnaces installed in Wisconsin now are 90+, and 40% have ECMs… When contrasted with this from Jan. 15, 2013 Why DOE’s Cave on Furnace Standards Is Such a Big Deal By Andrew deLaski, Executive Director,

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Carbon Monoxide Deaths from portable generators

Interesting article on a study and report about Carbon Monoxide Deaths on HomeEnergy Pros worth wider circulation. [link to article] Highlights: 1. There are more deaths annually from CO portable tools like generators than fixed appliances like furnaces. 2. A

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Carbon Monoxide Deaths from portable generators

Interesting article on a study and report about Carbon Monoxide Deaths on HomeEnergy Pros worth wider circulation. [link to article] Highlights: 1. There are more deaths annually from CO portable tools like generators than fixed appliances like furnaces. 2. A

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Building Science funny…

        A comment on  the Energy Vanguard blog article on suspended/drop ceilings and insulation, by Joseph Lstiburek. – – – Allison, Air permeable insulation does not need to be encapsulated on all six sides to function. If there

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Building Science funny…

        A comment on  the Energy Vanguard blog article on suspended/drop ceilings and insulation, by Joseph Lstiburek. – – – Allison, Air permeable insulation does not need to be encapsulated on all six sides to function. If there

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Fiberglass Batt Insulation Installation resources

Fiberglass batts are an inexpensive way to help control heat loss and gain.  While the material is low cost is also easy to install poorly and frequently is by amateurs and professionals.  The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association has recently

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Fiberglass Batt Insulation Installation resources

Fiberglass batts are an inexpensive way to help control heat loss and gain.  While the material is low cost is also easy to install poorly and frequently is by amateurs and professionals.  The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association has recently

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House Charms – from a LEED AP Homes Professional…

So many times I hear – even friends – follow their heart instead of their head to the Realtor and/or bank to buy a house. While I understand that a house has aesthetics that define it, there are many other

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House Charms – from a LEED AP Homes Professional…

So many times I hear – even friends – follow their heart instead of their head to the Realtor and/or bank to buy a house. While I understand that a house has aesthetics that define it, there are many other

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Great Resource for Drawing in SketchUp

If you are not familiar with SketchUp take a minute and have a look.  It is a great tool for 3D drawing.  I have used it to model the porches for our house to see how they will look and get measurements.

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Great Resource for Drawing in SketchUp

If you are not familiar with SketchUp take a minute and have a look.  It is a great tool for 3D drawing.  I have used it to model the porches for our house to see how they will look and get measurements.

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Reducing Your Risk During a Natural Disaster

New Disaster-Proofing Guide Released Saferstrongerhomes.com is an effort to support better housing. The objective of the project is to educate home-buyers and home builders on 14 practical strategies for improving the performance of homes in their ability to resist, winds,

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Reducing Your Risk During a Natural Disaster

New Disaster-Proofing Guide Released Saferstrongerhomes.com is an effort to support better housing. The objective of the project is to educate home-buyers and home builders on 14 practical strategies for improving the performance of homes in their ability to resist, winds,

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