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Object of Desire: New/Old Lighting from Makie in NYC/Japan

Object of Desire: New/Old Lighting from Makie in NYC/Japan - RemodelistaIcon - Arrow LeftIcon - Arrow RightIcon - External LinkIcon - MessageIcon - Down ChevronIcon - CloseIcon - Dropdown ArrowIcon - Location PinIcon - Zoom OutIcon - Zoom InIcon - SearchIcon - EmailIcon - FacebookflipboardIcon - InstagramIcon - PinterestIcon - TwitterIcon - Check Mark An icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. An icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. An icon we use to indicate a button link is external. The icon we use to represent an email action. Used to indicate a dropdown. Used to indicate…

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Building Science and the Novel Coronavirus

During a presentation on moisture management at the Better Buildings: Better Business conference this past week in Wisconsin Dells, WI, a builder asked this question: “Given the Relative Humidity Optimum Zone table everyone cites [Sterling et al, 1986; Environmental Health Perspectives Vol 65, pgs. 351 – 361; see main image], should we be running the relative humidity (RH) in our homes higher, say 50% to 70%?” Authors’ note: The image above is a slide from a presentation from AHRI. For more on the latest in humidity research in buildings, we recommend you check out the full presentation here. Who’s qualified…

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Licensed for Catastrophe

I have a friend living in Panama City, Florida. When Hurricane Michael struck in October of 2018, her house suffered extensive damage—the roof blew off, water ruined ceilings, walls, floors, and flooded ducts in her attic. As of the date I write this, well over a year later, she still struggles to finish fixing her home. She lives in a rented condominium while waiting on contractors to show up and complete repairs. In Houston, Texas, where I sit and write this blog, many still struggle to complete repairs from Hurricane Harvey, which hit the area in late August, 2017, well…

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U.S. Senate Drops Building Code Upgrades

The National Association of Home Builders opposed an amendment to a bill in the U.S. Senate that would have encouraged greater energy efficiency in new construction. Photo courtesy of HomeSpot HQ CC BY 2.0. Stricter energy requirements for new construction have been dropped from a legislative package now making its way through the U.S. Senate, and critics are blaming the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), The Washington Post reports. The legislation, called the American Energy Innovation Act, combines dozens of energy-related proposals into a single bill (a two-page summary of the legislation can be found here). The bill has…

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Can a Range Hood and an ERV Get Along?

Roger is building a two-story, 3500-square-foot house that will have an energy-recovery ventilator (ERV) and a kitchen range hood. His question is about how this ventilation system will affect the range hood, and vice versa. “Should one try to install a range hood exhaust with 400 cfm [cubic feet per minute] or less?” he asks in a recent Q&A post. “Would it be OK to install a 600 cfm unit in a home that has an ERV unit? If so, are there any special things to do differently when considering a makeup air strategy for a home that has an…

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Saving Sustainably: Installing the Heat Pump

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of blogs detailing the construction of a net-zero-energy house in Point Roberts, Washington, by an owner-builder with relatively little building experience. A list of Matt Bath’s GBA articles can be found at the bottom of this page. You’ll find Matt Bath’s full blog, Saving Sustainably, here. If you want to follow project costs, you can keep an eye on a budget worksheet here. One of the things I was most excited about, yet also most apprehensive about, was installing the heat pump. Installation of refrigerant systems like air conditioning units and heat pumps…

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