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More stories about High-Performance Building

  • 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.

  • Getting Certified for Home Energy Audits

    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.

  • What's New in Insulation?

    Improved materials and hybrid systems make it easier to build energy-efficient houses.

  • In the News

    Energy Star raises the bar with tough new 2011 specs; asphalt roofing prices defy downturn; Pella scores high; more

  • Most Likely to Succeed

    The classroom of the future raises the bar with innovative lighting solutions

  • Performance Points

    Earning LEED certification might become easier for lighting designers as they look to play a more prominent role in the development of new LEED credits and guidelines.

  • Making the Best of Rising Energy Costs

    Now is a good time to refine your green strategy in a way that guarantees profit.

  • Insulation That Works

    In more than 25 years of consulting with builders on ways to avoid callbacks, Steve Easley has spent his time solving problems related the heat and moisture transfer, because this is where builders — even very good builders who deliver well-appointed homes to the coastal elite — most often get...