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A Song of Ice and Fire – The Street Side Energy Audit

August 12, 2013
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  When my wife and I bought our current house, one appeal was that it was largely uninsulated. Given the choice between somewhat insulated and uninsulated, give me the blank slate every time. We moved in September and between the start of a super busy audit season and unpacking, any desired projects were temporarily back-burnered. […]

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Energy Retrofits Without Energy Audits

August 5, 2013
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    While some building folks have opined that energy audits are less than essential, I am admittedly biased. It is what I do. But it raises an interesting question: how could one do the work on a house and ensure air quality, warmth, comfort and moisture control without an audit? What minimum provisions would […]

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Ban The Can: Why You Should Avoid Recessed Lights

July 29, 2013
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    That image above is of a recessed light in a house built in 1994. The blower door was 5750 CFM50, which unless one were testing the Astrodome, is quite high. The outside temperature was around 10F and you can see that inside the can is 27F. Bad bad bad. I ran into a […]

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Sealed Combustion Heating and the Appliance Hot Tub Party

July 24, 2013
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    Sealed combustion systems are apt to become more central to efficient building as the new energy codes introduce air tightness standards. This implicitly means that you’ll need to pay attention to your heating system safety. And conveniently those codes also lay out explicit guidelines for combustion systems. Building and energy codes often get […]

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Journal of Poor Home Building – Video Proof that Balloon Framing Exists

July 22, 2013
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        This isn’t poor home building as much as just how it was done. This home was a balloon framed 1910 old-style colonial. The interior wall was connected to the chimney and both were connected to the attic. End result: An all too common sight in older homes where conditioned air is […]

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