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Air Barriers & Vapor Barriers

Air Barriers & Vapor Barriers | Walls & Ceilings This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn More This website requires certain cookies to work and uses…

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The BS* + Beer Show: Playing With Fire: Indoor Combustion

This episode of the BS* + Beer show features engineers Sonia Barrantes, Kristof Irwin, and Brian Ault discussing the topic of indoor combustion—particularly wood-burning—in super-tight homes. Their bottom line? Don’t do it. However, if unavoidable, you’ll want to see their presentation, as it explains the finer points of doing it right. Enjoy the show! [VIDEO]  Join us on Thursday, April 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. EST when Scott Dionne, Shaun St-Amour, Will Grupenhof, and Jim Muhaw will talk about wood-fiber insulation—the various products available and their properties, applications, sources, costs, and current and potential future role in the residential…

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Heat Pumps, Auxiliary Heat, and Resilience

What happened in Texas this winter has a lot of people thinking about our dependence on electricity and what happens when the power goes out in extreme weather. Recently I wrote about Gary Nelson’s house in Minneapolis that’s heated by a heat pump with no auxiliary heat. That spurred this comment from reader Rich Lovoie: Heat pumps are great. I have two in my house. I use them to avoid using my oil heating system in mild weather. However, as an HVAC contractor, I also know how sophisticated heat pumps can be, and how unskilled most HVAC techs are. This…

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Dryvit Launches New-Look “Modulite” Panelization Program

Dryvit Launches New-Look “Modulite” Panelization Program | 2021-04-21 | Walls & Ceilings This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn More This website requires certain cookies to…

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Solar Decathlon Build Challenge Wraps Up a Difficult Year

The University of Colorado Boulder emerged as the top finisher among nine collegiate teams in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Build Challenge, wrapping up a competition delayed and complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Winners were announced over the weekend in a video presentation that included Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. The University of Waterloo was second and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was third in the overall judging. Teams were scored in a total of 10 categories, including energy performance, engineering, architecture, and market potential. Winners in individual categories can be viewed here. Separately, DOE announced winners in…

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Not All Share Equally in the Benefits of Urban Green Spaces

This post originally appeared at Ensia. With the arrival of spring, Platte Farm Open Space, located in the diverse, working-class neighborhood of Globeville in north Denver, comes alive with native grasses, pollinator gardens that attract bees and butterflies, and wildflowers, such as Mexican hat, asters, poppies, and Gaillardia. “This is a beautiful amenity—a beautiful piece of space that was previously being abused,” says Jan Ediger, a longtime resident of Globeville. A former brownfield site, Platte Farm is 5-1/2 acres of open green space in the heart of Globeville that, along with the wildflowers, grasses, and gardens, has walking trails, a…

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