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Heating

  • Installing an Efficient Noncondensing Boiler

    Tax credits are great, but does your client really need a condensing boiler?

     
  • Retrofitting a High-Tech Heating System

    This design uses a gas boiler and solar thermal collectors as heat inputs, and incorporates an HRV into the air handler.

     
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    Innovative Products 2009

    A roundup of tools and materials found on the floor at JLC Live in Providence, R.I .

     
  • Insulating a Radiant Slab

    How much insulation is necessary under a typical basement radiant slab?

     
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    Products

    Anti-sweat valve for toilets; cold-weather spray foam; solar-powered dimmer for tubular skylights; standard-width high-performance range; faux slate roofing; more

     
  • Letters

    Protecting trees on site; radiant-heat claims revisited; unnecessary design regulations; pedal power; more

     
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    Products

    Noise-muffling floor underlayment; dramatic roof windows; natural-looking composite siding; manufactured moment frame; more

     
  • Letters

    Another look at energy claims; feeling the financial squeeze

     
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    Expanding a Narrow Laundry Room

    Cantilevering the floor and using the existing roof overhang kept costs down.

     
  • Does Radiant-Barrier Paint Work?

    Q: My painting subcontractor is recommending Thermo-Tek, a paint the manufacturer says is a radiant barrier. What can you tell me about products like this one or similar coatings made with something called ceramic microspheres that claim to have thermal characteristics and promise significant...

     
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    A Close Look at Common Energy Claims

    Understanding energy consumption and moisture movement in the homes we build is hard enough; rampant half-truths and misconceptions only make it harder.

     
  • Letters

    Drywall back-blocking in action; A-frame appreciation; hard workers in California; more

     
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    Products

    Windows; energy conservation

     
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    Ductwork That Works

    Air distribution is the weak link in many heating and cooling systems. Good ductwork is key to HVAC performance, yet all too often this vital part of the system is underexamined, bringing the energy performance of the home to surprising lows. Ted Cushman describes how the industry pros detail their...

     
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    Products

    Green Toilet ~ Cool Roof ~ Cool Attic ~ Steel Driving Gun ~ Have a Blast ~ Starter Strip Marries Skirtboard ~ Precision Dry Stack ~ Self-Sealing Furring Nail ~ Termite Treatment

     
  • Profitable Partnership

    TRENTON, NJ - BTC Management Corp., a nonprofit affordable housing owner and manager, didn’t spend a dime from its reserve accounts to upgrade all of the central heating and cooling equipment at Trent Center East with new energy- efficient machines.

     
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    Installing a Vacuum-Tube Solar Collector

    These highly efficient systems are a good choice in cloudy or cold climates.

     
  • Water + Life Campus

    Lehrer, principal of Los Angeles–based Lehrer Architects, joined forces with architect Mark Gangi and his brother, developer/ construction manager Frank Gangi, in a design/build partnership that came together specifically to work on the Diamond Valley Lake museums.

     
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    Products

    Plumbing; metal connectors

     
  • Heating With Dogs

    Let's talk about a terrific new alternative-energy source that can save you up to $4 billion a year on your home heating bills.

     
 
 
 
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