December 2014 Letters
House on wrong lot; OSHA; I-joist roofs; home-performance contracting profitable where energy prices are high
Installing Windows in a Deep Wall
Double stud walls that allow for higher R-values of insulation create particular...
How Small Jobs Killed My Business
Chasing energy rebates takes the focus off solving problems and puts it on getting...
Installing kitchen cabinets in plane, misclassifying workers, Lowe's lumber-sizing lawsuit
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...
Why 'Energy-Saving' Tips Suck
The truth is that commonly espoused energy-saving tips are worthless. We look at...
What the Patagonian Toothfish can teach us about building science.
Heat Pumps for Cold Climates
Mini-split heat pumps were a major topic at the Northeast Sustainable Energy...