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Shedding light on radiant heat
In homes heated with a boiler, an indirect-fired tank can provide domestic hot water reliably and efficiently. A pair of industry experts explain what to look for.
Roof overhangs for light and shade
Q: I have seen many ads for radiant barriers designed to save energy. Is there any evidence that these radiant barriers can reduce home energy costs? If so, in what climates are they most effective? How should they be installed?
The MEC provides three ways to comply: simple prescriptive rules, a “tradeoff” approach, and performance design. An energy consultant tells how to decide which method best fits your project.
Whether you’re trying to eliminate condensation in cold weather or solar gain in hot weather, or both, there’s a window that fits the bill. An energy expert makes sense out of the variety of glass coatings, edge spacers, and frame materials, and helps you choose the right window for your climate.
Tool belt system, tailgate step, cold weather paint, stronger felt underlayment, retrofit downlight kits
Using PEX tubing and panel radiators, the author retrofitted central heating with minimal disruptions to framing and finishes.
Plastic footing form for sonotubes, easy-cleaning nonexpanding foam, steel frame for pocket doors, new radiant barrier roof sheathing
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