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    • October

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      2013
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    New Efficiency Standards Would Tackle the Energy Hog Lurking in your Basement

    Department of Energy (DOE) proposed strong new energy efficiency standards today that would address a major energy hog that may be lurking in your basement. The new standardswould reduce the energy consumption of furnace fans, which are the fans that circulate heated and cooled air supplied by furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps …..

    • April

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      2013
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    Energy-modeling technology has potential for efficiency auditing

    Although building energy efficiency is improving, the sector still falls disappointingly short of meeting its full potential.

    Even when a building owner or manager goes through the process of an audit and retrofit, results can be inaccurate and inconsistent, especially when compared across an entire portfolio. There are many reasons for this shortfall, but it essentially comes down to two factors: people and tools.

    The people factor is real; the diligence of the audit team and the skills of the retrofit installers can change the results of an energy retrofit drastically. But for now, let’s talk about…..

    • March

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      2013
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    Cork Insulation on Our Farmhouse

    Cork? You’ve got to be kidding!

    I first learned about expanded cork insulation years ago when exploring the attic of a 1920s-era home in Brattleboro. I found a rigid boardstock insulation comprised of cork with plaster on one side. It was made by Armstrong, which was then a company making cork products but is today one of the world’s leading manufacturers of flooring and ceiling products.

    It turns out that the product was invented by accident…….. read more here.

    • January

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      2013
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    New mobile app gives Energy Star ratings

    “The CodeGreen Energy App is just the kind of tool we have been waiting for. It makes finding and comparing Energy Star Scores of thousands of buildings so quick and easy. Making this data transparent is a dream come true for the Energy Efficiency Marketplace,” said Robert Sauchelli, national program manager, Energy Star Service and Product Provider Partnership.

    • January

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      2013
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    DOE Unveils Building America Solutions Center

    The Energy Department has unveiled a new online tool designed to provide building professionals with fast, free, and reliable building science and efficiency information.

    The Building America Solution Center Web site offers a range of interactive resources including guides on critical industry topics as well as easily searchable images, CAD files, and case studies to help train and support home builders, remodelers, architects, designers, researchers, and code officials. Users will have…….

    • January

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      2013
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    Making Healthier, Greener Foam Insulation

    I’ve come down fairly hard on certain types of foam insulation over the years. The downsides include theblowing agents used in extruded polystyrene (XPS) and most closed-cell spray polyurethane foam and the flame retardants that are added to all foam-plastic insulation to impart some level of fire resistance.

    Now there’s an effort afoot to change building codes in a way that would allow manufacturers to remove the hazardous flame retardants. This is the subject of a just-published……..

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