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    • October

      27

      2013
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    7 Stunning Passive Houses That Will Cost Just Pennies to Heat This Winter

    For the 30,000 or so owners of passive houses these compromises are a thing of the past. They’ve got the comfort, the low emissions and barely a heating bill to speak of. I’ve looked at the technical reasons about why apassivhaus has a negligible heating bill in the past. But I’ve never mentioned how pretty……

    • December

      30

      2012
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    Is Moisture an Unwanted Occupant In your Building

    No designer wants to see the unwelcome guests of mold and mildew show up in their building. Guidance on how to prevent moisture that causes their appearance is offered in several sessions at ASHRAE’s 2013 Winter Conference in Dallas.

    “Sooner or later, HVAC professionals throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast come up against the problem of preventing or getting rid of mold,” Lew Harriman, a speaker at the Conference and author of ASHRAE’s ASHRAE Guide for Buildings in Hot and Humid Climates, said. “In June 2012, the ASHRAE Board of Directors approved a totally revised and updated Position Document on Indoor Mold and Dampness in Buildings. The Dallas Conference includes a comprehensive briefing on what ASHRAE experts have found to be the HVAC-related causes of mold in buildings, and what owners, contractors and designers can do to prevent ………

    • November

      18

      2012
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    Holiday Helper: Olive Oil as Evergreen Sap Remover

    So you brought home a real live Christmas tree and it smells as wonderful as you hoped and looks even better with all those little lights. But the sap…oh, the sap. It gets on carpets, your hands and even on pets. What to do? Try one of these household remedies.

    • June

      23

      2012
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    Passive Solar Design Basics

    Passive solar design begins with the simple idea that you can build a house that uses natural heating, cooling, ventilation and daylighting. These homes require much less fossil fuel energy to heat and cool than conventional homes do, which is better for the environment and saves passive solar homeowners money. Passive solar homes are comfortable to live in because they are designed to radiate heat in winter, maintain a comfortable year-round temperature, ventilate naturally, and let in plenty of natural light.

    I became interested in sustainable design, specifically passive solar design, as a young architect

    • January

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      2011
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    2011 Tax Incentives that’ll Heat up your Home

    Looking for ways to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient this winter? Tax incentives offered by federal and state governments, and local utility companies, can help ease the burden of home improvements that will reduce your monthly bills.
    If you’re in the market for new windows, doors, biomass stoves, heating systems, and/or insulation, you can take advantage of the current incentives. Even minor projects like duct sealing, air infiltration reduction and adding window films can qualify.

    • January

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      2010
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    Proposed Changes to Standard 90.1 Address Metal Buildings

    Proposed changes regarding metal-building assemblies are being considered in the 2010 version of Standard 90.1 and are expected to be published in the fall. ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, “Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings”, provides minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of buildings except low-rise residential buildings.

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