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    Selecting Windows for Coastal Homes

    All windows worth buying should carry a valid warranty and meet basic structural and thermal performance measures. On the coast, however, strong winds and blowing rain make it imperative that windows meet even more stringent performance requirements. Editor Clayton DeKorne sorts through the...

     
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    Same Windows, Different Climates?

    Q. Same Windows, Different Climates? As a HERS rater working in north-central New England, I've noticed that the U-values of the windows that most builders are installing are quite good — below .35 — but they have low SHGC (solar heat-gain coefficient) values. While it seems that windows with...

     
  • Letters

    Using PEX in solar water heating; solar hot-water storage; hot-water recirculation; leak testing

     
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    Enclosing a Front Porch

    It used to be that on warm afternoons folks would sit out on the front porch to catch some air and chat with passersby strolling down the sidewalk.

     
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    Solar Hot Water 101

    Solar water heating has a proven record of cutting energy costs. Here's what you need to know to help customers choose the right system.

     
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    Who Says There's No Free Lunch?

    Homemade biodiesel

     
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    Any Color You Want, as Long as It's Green

    Green roofs take off

     
  • Q&A: Various Cost-Effectiveness of Solar Equipment

    Q. How cost-effective are solar panels?

     
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    Letters

    Deck details, defending gable vents, screening chimney pots

     
  • Cool Roofs for Hot Climates

    The right roofing can dramatically reduce the cooling loads on a house, while adding little to the cost of construction.