• December

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      2017
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    Re-insulating Your Attic

    Re-insulating Your Attic

    Sometimes, the usually unseen elements in your home can be the most important when it comes to saving money on your energy bills. When it comes to insulation, for instance, re-insulating your attic with new insulation, or by adding more, can save you between 10 to 20 percent on your energy bill every month. If

    • August

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      2017
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    Attic Ventilation and Sizing

    Attic Ventilation and Sizing

      Fair warning: I am not an engineer. I’m not a scientist, either. I do make informal hypotheses and then use observational results to determine their merits, but using the scientific method does not make an expert. The truth is most contractors, builders, and even architects aren’t either of these things either. In fact, the

    • March

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      2017
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    Spring Clean Your Attic

    It may not seem like the most fun way to spend your spring break, but if you’re not laying on the beach in Florida, you might as well be productive, right? Cleaning out your attic is one of the best ways free up storage space for all of the random stuff you’ve accumulated throughout the

    • October

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      2014
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    Air Leakage

    A blower door tests the tightness of the home’s envelope by pressurizing or depressurizing the structure and then measuring the amount of time for the entire air supply in the house be replaced with fresh air. For the NAHB’s Field Demonstration of Alternative Wall Insulation Products study, four builders insulated different houses with the various insulation

    • October

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      2014
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    Insulating Pipes and Wires

      Insulating Pipes and Wires: Right vs Wrong What comprises a good insulation job? What should it look like? Where are the most common errors? We’ll take the next few months to look at some common installation issues. Insulating Pipes & Wires Let’s start with a sample job: Most of the insulation near the electric

    • October

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      2014
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    The Easy Way to get R-15 Sidewalls

    This month’s installment of the Building Science overview – Indoor Air Quality In the June issue of the WABA Digest, two separate columns discussed some of the proposed changes to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), particularly in reference to wall insulation. As a reminder, the proposed changes are from R-13 to R-15 in 2×4

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