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...
Solving for Comfort With a 'Smart' Thermostat
Tracking temperature, humidity, set point, and equipment runtime can uncover 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.
Why 'Energy-Saving' Tips Suck
The truth is that commonly espoused energy-saving tips are worthless. We look at...
Number of LEED Homes Has Doubled in Three Years
California has the most LEED-certified homes, followed by New York and Texas.
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...
Working With Flexible Flashing
Some contractors still don’t understand how to get the most out of these products....
Buried and Encapsulated Ducts
Encapsulating ducts with at least 1 1/2 inches of closed-cell spray foam...