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  • Finding the Flaws in Superinsulation

    The performance of many energy-efficient houses falls short of expectations. An in-depth field study of 144 houses shows why.

     
  • Grilles & Registers: Warm-Air Layout Tips

    Answers to the most frequent question on warm-air heating by one of the developers of forced warm-air heating.

     
  • Photo-What?

    An installer/consultant situated in southern Vermont, Gottlieb describes the typical home photovoltaic system, and the most efficient ways to use the electricity it produces.

     
  • Spray It: Two New Approaches to High-Performance Insulation

    Spray cellulose and spray urethane can give you top energy performance without a lot of headaches. Two insulation contractors describe how.

     
  • Tight Construction Made Easier

    Refinements on the airtight-drywall approach (ADA) make getting a tight shell easier on your framing crew and subs.

     
  • What's the Best Heating System?

    A veteran heating-system designer offers some pointers based on his experience in the field.

     
  • Zero-Clearance Fireplaces

    Prefab metal units stack up better than you might think against traditional masonry fireplaces. Menia, a mason and chimney sweep for 19 years, examines their pros and cons.

     

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