Energy Efficiency

R-Value is a Lie (And Other Provocative Titles)

August 21, 2013
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    Or at least as Allison Bailes posted earlier this year, it is not a constant. Green Building Advisor once published my post on thermal bridging. The audience there is an extraordinarily knowledgeable one which leads to some spirited discussions. Following the thermal bridging article, there was some jockeying over whether R-value is an […]

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The Worst House I Ever Audited (Was Built in 2008) Part 2

March 1, 2013
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    Last post I started reviewing possibly the worst house I ever audited. There have been others with a similar magnitude of issues. But this house had built in 2008, which some folks thinks signifies no worries. But to reiterate a buddy’s favorite saying, “a house built to code is the worst house you’re […]

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Is R-Value Dead as a Dodo?

November 28, 2012
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    Once upon a time, house insulation meant an extra sweater and stop your damn complaining. Men were men, women were women, and cats and dogs were cats and dogs, I assume. There were heat retention and heating features built into houses, things like double back plaster walls or central chimneys. But until the […]

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Think of Your House As a Bathtub…Full of Heat

October 17, 2012
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    One of my posts on dual flush toilets was recently published on Green Building Advisor. The post was on heat absorbed by cold water in the toilet tank. The broader point was how complex and interconnected a house’s thermodynamics are. But for anyone who does not have some high end energy modeling software […]

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In A Peak Oil World, Live Like An Island Castaway

October 8, 2012
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  Peak oil is one of the most contentious energy topics out there. Just do a Google search to see what I mean. Because it is about oil and the idea that there is a limit to this geological jackpot, it falls squarely in the cross-hairs of a few highly dogmatic ideologies. For some, peak […]

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