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December 2014 Letters

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

Installing Windows in a Deep Wall
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Installing Windows in a Deep Wall

Double stud walls that allow for higher R-values of insulation create particular... More

How Small Jobs Killed My Business
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How Small Jobs Killed My Business

Chasing energy rebates takes the focus off solving problems and puts it on getting... More

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October Letters

Installing kitchen cabinets in plane, misclassifying workers, Lowe's lumber-sizing lawsuit More

Monitoring Home Performance
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Monitoring Home Performance

Certain home performance problems are hard to catch because you may not be at the... More

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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. More

Building a Passive House for the First Time
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Building a Passive House for the First Time

Builder Farley Pedler delves into high-efficiency Passive House construction by... More

Why 'Energy-Saving' Tips Suck
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Why 'Energy-Saving' Tips Suck

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

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Words Matter

What the Patagonian Toothfish can teach us about building science. More

Heat Pumps for Cold Climates
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Heat Pumps for Cold Climates

Mini-split heat pumps were a major topic at the Northeast Sustainable Energy... More

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