South-Facing Skylights: Threat or Menace?

Posted on May 03,2015 by user-756436 in overheating

There are two kinds of sunrooms: those that have sloped glazing and those that have only vertical glazing. Sunrooms with sloped (or in some cases, curved) glazing are more common (and, of course, more uncomfortable). In order to make sure that these rooms are sunny, they are often located on the south side of the house.

Why I Hate, Hate, Hate Skylights

Posted on May 03,2015 by user-1048334 in condensation

Why do I hate skylights? Because I’ve rarely seen one that isn’t either causing a problem or in the process of causing one. They fall squarely into a category with recessed lights and cathedral ceilings: Homeowners love them and energy pros come to loathe them. They lead to uncomfortable conversations that can be summarized as: Yes, they’re a problem; no, they can’t be easily fixed.

A Passivhaus-Certified Skylight Hits the U.S.

Posted on May 03,2015 by ScottG in Passive House Institute

A Brooklyn-based retailer of high-performance building components says it will begin stocking a skylight certified by Germany's Passivhaus Institut, a move that eventually will shorten the lead time for delivery to U.S. builders to a week or less. The company, 475 High Performance Building Supply, said its first order of the Lamilux FE Energysave skylights is on the way from its German manufacturer. Once they're in the company's warehouse, the lead time will drop from 10 to 12 weeks to one week or less, said 475's John Druelinger.

A New Encyclopedia Article on Skylights

Posted on May 03,2015 by GBA Team in encyclopedia

GBA's library of articles and blogs continues to expand. The newest article to be added to the ever-deeper GBA Encyclopedia covers skylights.

Green Basics Skylights

Wasco Skylights to Open New Plant in Nevada

Posted on May 03,2015 by ScottG in manufacturing

Wasco Skylights will open a new manufacturing facility in Reno, Nevada, by next April in hopes of expanding its distribution west of the Rocky Mountains and keeping pace with industry giant Velux, company CEO Jeff Frank says. About 5% of Wasco's business now comes from the dozen states west of the Rocky Mountains, Frank says, a market that represents about 26% of all construction spending.

Martin’s Ten Rules of Roof Design

Posted on May 03,2015 by user-756436 in attic

Lots of things can go wrong with roofs: bad flashing can cause leaks, a poorly designed valley can turn into a slow-moving glacier, and misplaced gutters can do more harm than good. Experienced roofers see a lot of stupid roofs.

Fiber Optics for Daylighting

Posted on May 03,2015 by AlexWilson in daylighting

Fiber optics, that miracle of modern communications, can also be used to deliver natural light to spaces deep in a building.

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