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JLC executive editor Clayton DeKorne explores some practical solutions to prevent call backs and boost energy performance.
Encapsulating ducts with at least 1 1/2 inches of closed-cell spray foam substantially improves HVAC performance in all U.S. climate zones. Burying the encapsulated ducts in loose-fill attic insulation improves performance
There are more than 100 million homes and approximately 20 billion square feet of clear-glass residential windows in the U.S. Most of those homes are more than 30 years old, and as a result, the market is growing for replacement windows with energy-efficient insulating glass.
Energy-efficient lighting is an indispensable feature of the office of the future.
Our ancestors did fine without AC and dimmers. Should the profession’s efforts to go green require the use of more technology?
Well-thought-out details make energy-efficient houses both attractive and affordable.
Nanogel material can be mixed with plaster and stucco to improve thermal efficiency.
With careful air-sealing and the right insulation details, a leaky older home becomes a tight and thrifty one.
Advanced framing and exterior foam reduce conductive heat loss and provide good air-sealing opportunities.
As the owner of a small remodeling and handyman company (nearly $1 million annual sales before the downturn), I’ve always been careful to stay focused on our core offerings — bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and small jobs ranging from two-hour service calls to week-long “honey do” lists.
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