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Michael Chandler

Recent Articles

  • Green Building Blog

    Prepping for Spray Foam

    Spray-foam insulation is gaining popularity these days, and for good reason. Not only does it offer lots of R-value per inch, but it also air-seals the house. I’ve been building…

  • Green Building Blog

    Report from the International Builders’ Show

    I recently returned from the International Builders' Show, an annual extravaganza put on by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). This year it was held in Las Vegas from…

  • Green Building Blog

    Twenty-Three Reasons Why I Love GreenITers.com

    When I want to get an inside look at the amazing innovation happening around the world in service of a more sustainable future, I look to Flavio Souza in Tokyo.…

  • Green Building Blog

    Stuff I Learned at Joe Lstiburek’s House, Part 2

    In the Southeast where I live and build, we mostly rely on ducted HVAC systems for heating and (especially) for cooling. So when I attended the Westford Building Science Symposium…

  • Business Advisor

    Labor Day Thoughts on Unemployment and Weatherization

    I’ve been thinking more than usual this Labor Day weekend about putting Americans to work while solving our energy crises. If our goals are to reduce unemployment, reduce our dependence…

  • Green Building Blog

    Stuff I Learned at Joe Lstiburek’s House, Part 1

    The invitation was too cool to be real: My name was somehow on a list of “experts” who were invited to take part in a Building America Water Heater Expert…

  • Business Advisor

    Do It Now: Review Your Company’s Health Insurance Policy

    With the economic downturn, I've been looking for ways to get better value for overhead dollars, and one thing that really stands out is the cost of our company-paid health…

  • Green Building Blog

    It’s Air Conditioning, Not Air Cool-ditioning

    "Why should anyone bother to ‘right-size’ an air conditioner — especially when it costs $350 to hire an engineer to ensure that the Manual J and Manual D calculations are…

  • Green Building Blog

    Report from the ICC Code Hearings

    The ICC hearings last week were packed with building inspectors and government officials who received grant funding — both to join the ICC (so they could vote) and to cover…

  • Green Building Blog

    Work-Life Integration

    We all know people who hate their jobs and count the days until Friday or retirement. And we know folks who live for expensive hobbies and passions that consume their…