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    A Beginner’s Guide to Cooling

    In 1973, a little less than half of all new single-family homes in the U.S. had mechanical air conditioning. By 2018, according to government statistics, only 7% of new homes…

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    Cutting Edge Solar System

    A few weeks ago, Brian Valle was at work in the mechanical room of a new house in Yarmouth, Maine, hooking up the last few parts of its solar energy…

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    A Beginner’s Guide to Heating Systems

    With the results of a newly minted Manual J calculation or its equivalent in hand, a homeowner should have a good idea of how much energy it will take to…

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    Paint Options for Green Builders

    My first encounter with paint came from reading the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, who famously had to atone for misbehavior by whitewashing his Aunt Polly’s fence. The whitewash used in…

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    A Beginner’s Guide to HVAC Design

    In simpler times, choosing heating and cooling equipment amounted to calling a contractor or two, getting what seemed like a good price, and letting the contractor do the rest. Those…

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    On Paint and Perms

    The dialogue on moisture mitigation in wood-frame walls has become fraught with confusion and controversy, in part because the answer to many questions about combining interior vapor retarders, water-resistive barriers,…

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    The Road Ahead for Insulating Glass

    Andersen Window’s 1952 introduction of the Welded Insulated Glass panel was a big deal, at least for homeowners in the northern tier of the country. Now, consumers could buy an…

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    A Look at Home Air-Quality Monitors

    The World Health Organization attributes a long list of chronic illnesses and millions of premature deaths annually to polluted air inside and outside the home. Instead of offering a refuge…

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    Working With ZIP System R-sheathing

    Paul DeGroot is an architect in Austin, Texas. His projects tend to be on the modest side in a city that has its fair share of high-end custom homes. He’s…

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    Best In Show

    I attend many trade shows, both national and regional. This year, for example, my calendar includes nineteen events. It will increase in the next few weeks. You see, I teach…