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More stories about Post-Occupancy Performance

  • December 2014 Letters

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Why 'Energy-Saving' Tips Suck

    The truth is that commonly espoused energy-saving tips are worthless. We look at four common offenders.

  • Number of LEED Homes Has Doubled in Three Years

    California has the most LEED-certified homes, followed by New York and Texas.

  • Words Matter

    What the Patagonian Toothfish can teach us about building science.

  • Milwaukee M18 Fuel Sawzall

    The M18 Fuel is the first cordless recip saw with a brushless motor from Milwaukee. See how it measures up in terms of speed, power, and runtime.

  • Working With Flexible Flashing

    Some contractors still don’t understand how to get the most out of these products. Here are some tips for installations that stand firm for the long haul.

  • 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.