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More stories about High-Performance Building

  • December 2014 Letters

    House on wrong lot; OSHA; I-joist roofs; home-performance contracting profitable where energy prices are high

  • Framing a Two-Pitch I-Joist Roof

    To maintain a continuous air barrier, special attention needed to be paid to the seams that formed the joint at the wall plate where the rafters would sit.

  • How Small Jobs Killed My Business

    Chasing energy rebates takes the focus off solving problems and puts it on getting as much rebate with as little out of pocket as possible, resulting in small jobs and mediocre performance improvement.

  • Solving for Comfort With a 'Smart' Thermostat

    Tracking temperature, humidity, set point, and equipment runtime can uncover the causes behind client complaints.

  • Adding an Insulated Envelope

    An airtight "puff jacket" achieves near Passive House levels.

  • Monitoring Home Performance

    Certain home performance problems are hard to catch because you may not be at the house when they happen. Here are a few tips on how to keep tabs on condensation, temperature problems, and more.

  • More Than 'Tips' Needed to Improve Energy Efficiency

    A thorough, step-by-step analysis that treats the home as an integrated system is the only route to true performance improvements, including lower energy bills and better indoor air quality.

  • 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.

  • A Look Through European Windows

    A behind-the-scenes look at the materials and methods used in making high-performance tilt-and-turn windows.

  • JLC June Letters

    Risinger’s recent video sparks a debate about Tyvek, and a reader takes issue with foam-slicing saws.