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Greenprints Recap

Posted on April 2, 2010 by Carl Seville, GBA Advisor in Green Building Curmudgeon

I attended Greenprints last month, a great little regional green building conference put on by Southface Energy Institute every year in Atlanta. It served its purpose well, bringing together for education and networking a wide range of industry professionals interested in sustainable building. There were three separate tracks: residential, commercial, and sustainable communities' economy and policy, along with some additional workshops and post-conference training classes.

Researchers Predict U.S. Furnace Industry Is Doomed

Posted on April 1, 2010 by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor in Musings of an Energy Nerd

OAK RIDGE, TENN., April 1 — According to Andrei Constantinescu, a senior researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, it won’t be long before new American homes no longer require central heating. “Every year, the heat produced by electronic gadgets is increasing,” explained Constantinescu. “By 2014, most new American homes won’t need a furnace.”

As televisions get larger, their heat output increases. “Four plasma TVs can heat a house in Kentucky,” said Constantinescu. “If you throw in a set-top box and two or three computers, you should be fine as far north as Maine.”

How Did Water Damage this Brick Basement?

Posted on March 30, 2010 by Rob Wotzak in Q&A Spotlight

In a recent discussion from our Q&A forum, Chris Ermides tries to determine what caused severe deterioration of a brick column in the basement of his Victorian home. Chris knows that his basement could use some moisture remediation, but he is puzzled that none of the nearby brick walls have similar signs of decay. Fortunately, the chimney that the column once supported is long gone, and the load of the adjacent beams rests comfortably on lally columns, but Chris is still determined to solve this mystery.

Green Building Myth: Adding Solar is the Best Way to Green a Home

Posted on March 30, 2010 by Alex Wilson in Energy Solutions

The last several weeks I’ve written about common myths of green building: that it has to cost more to build green, that green building is mostly about materials, that green products don’t work as well as conventional

Efflorescence = Water Damage — Building Science Podcast

Posted on March 29, 2010 by Joe Lstiburek, GBA Advisor in Building Science

This podcast series is excerpted from a two-day class called "Building Science Fundamentals" taught by Dr. Joe Lstiburek and Dr. John Straube of Building Science Corporation.

Mac Daddy Windows

Posted on March 26, 2010 by Carl Seville, GBA Advisor in Green Building Curmudgeon

I took the opportunity to go on an all-expenses-paid trip to tour the Marvin Windows factory recently. After spending the weekend with my buddy Michael Anschel in Minneapolis (don’t miss our upcoming presentation at ACI in Austin—North vs.

Choosing Triple-Glazed Windows

Posted on March 26, 2010 by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor in Musings of an Energy Nerd

Since 1977, when Sweden introduced its stringent energy code, almost all new homes in Sweden have been equipped with triple-glazed windows. Here in the U.S., where energy codes are more lax, triple-glazed windows are still rare.

For a minority of U.S. builders, however — especially cold-climate builders of superinsulated homes — triple-glazed windows are considered essential. Since few U.S. manufacturers offer high-solar-gain triple-glazed windows, most Americans get these windows from Canadian manufacturers.

Editor’s Note: About Advertising on Green Building Advisor

Posted on March 24, 2010 by Daniel Morrison in Green Building Blog

A few months back, Green Building Advisor shifted administration from BuildingGreen, LLC over to Taunton Press, publisher of Fine Homebuilding magazine, in order to better integrate and serve the residential design and construction market. Part of that integration involves me taking responsibility for both Finehomebuilding.com and GreenBuildingAdvisor.com. Like Consumer Reports’ Money Adviser, GBAGreenBuildingAdvisor.com will be Fine Homebuilding’s Green Building Advisor. It is a natural extension that boosts value to each product.

Green Building Myth: Green Products Are Hard to Find

Posted on March 23, 2010 by Alex Wilson in Energy Solutions

The last few weeks I’ve written about common myths of green building: that it has to cost more to build green, that green building is mostly about materials, and that green products don’t work as well as conventional prod

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