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More stories about High-Performance Building

  • To Improve the Energy Performance of Walls, Look at Total R-Value

    Today’s builders are learning to mitigate thermal bridging by using alternative framing techniques, continuous exterior rigid foam products, or both.

  • Insulating Cathedral Ceilings

    JLC executive editor Clayton DeKorne explores some practical solutions to prevent call backs and boost energy performance.

  • Buried and Encapsulated Ducts

    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 even more.

  • Builder's Guide to Windows

    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.

  • Smart Buildings, Smart Grid

    Energy-efficient lighting is an indispensable feature of the office of the future.

  • Your Smart Buildings Aren't That Smart

    Our ancestors did fine without AC and dimmers. Should the profession’s efforts to go green require the use of more technology?

  • High-Performance Homes on a Budget

    Well-thought-out details make energy-efficient houses both attractive and affordable.

  • High-Tech Insulation

    Nanogel material can be mixed with plaster and stucco to improve thermal efficiency.

  • A Cost-Effective Energy Retrofit

    With careful air-sealing and the right insulation details, a leaky older home becomes a tight and thrifty one.

  • Building a High-Performance Shell for a House

    Advanced framing and exterior foam reduce conductive heat loss and provide good air-sealing opportunities.