December 2014 Letters
House on wrong lot; OSHA; I-joist roofs; home-performance contracting profitable where energy prices are high
Framing a Two-Pitch I-Joist Roof
To maintain a continuous air barrier, special attention needed to be paid to the...
How Small Jobs Killed My Business
Chasing energy rebates takes the focus off solving problems and puts it on getting...
Solving for Comfort With a 'Smart' Thermostat
Tracking temperature, humidity, set point, and equipment runtime can uncover the...
Adding an Insulated Envelope
An airtight "puff jacket" achieves near Passive House levels.
Monitoring Home Performance
Certain home performance problems are hard to catch because you may not be at the...
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.
Building a Passive House for the First Time
Builder Farley Pedler delves into high-efficiency Passive House construction by...
A Look Through European Windows
A behind-the-scenes look at the materials and methods used in making...