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More stories about Energy-Efficient Construction

  • Tips for a Net Zero House

    Using a house he recently completed in Austin, Texas, Matt Risinger succinctly boils down what it takes to get a home to net-zero energy useage.

  • Warm House for a Cold, Cold Winter

    This past month was the coldest February on record in Connecticut, but inside Mike Trolle’s Passive House in Danbury, the indoor temperature never dipped below 68 degrees.

  • Island House Makeover: Re-Framing the Roof

    A lightly framed Maine island vacation house gets a thorough structural reinforcement in the early stages of a complete energy-efficient gut-rehab.

  • A Net-Zero Addition on Cape Cod

    A Cape Cod remodeler stresses airtightness and rooftop solar panels in a bid for net-zero annual performance.

  • A Passive House Consultant's Toolkit

    In addition to the training, here are the tools you'll need to design a Passive House.

  • Building a Passive House for the First Time

    Builder Farley Pedler delves into high-efficiency Passive House construction by building his own passive house in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

  • Heat Pumps for Cold Climates

    Mini-split heat pumps were a major topic at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) BuildingEnergy 14 conference in Boston this year. Ted Cushman explains why and how these mini-splits shine in cold climates.

  • Delta Vent SA Review

    This breathable peel & stick membrane serves as a weather & air barrier all in one.

  • Proposal to Require Hot Water Pipe Insulation

    To curtail wasted water and energy, the NRDC and the UA propose that all hot water piping systems in new buildings be insulated, such as those serving lavatories, showers, dishwashers, and kitchen sinks.

  • Tight House Construction - Sealing Exterior Sheathing Seams

    In my quest to build ever tighter houses I've decided that my goal is for every house I build to get as close to 1ACH50 as possible. To reach that goal, I've decided to take a page from the PassiveHouse playbook and tape my exterior sheathing seams.