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Tell me again: Exactly where do I place that vapor barrier again?

Posted by John Krochmalny on December 11, 2017 at 11:30am 0 Comments

There may be much confusion as to where vapor barriers are placed in building systems. Some people think that it really doesn’t matter just where these are installed whereby others believe that it really does matter.  A critical factor determining the vapor barrier placement is where the building is located; in Northern Climates where heating is the main concern and in Southern Climates where air conditioning is the concern. We…

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Cool—and Warm—Clothing

Posted by Jim Gunshinan on November 30, 2017 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

“Why do you need to cool and heat the whole building? Why don’t you cool and heat individual people?” asked Yi Cui, professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford University.

Putting on or taking off articles of clothing works to keep a body cool or warm within a certain temperature range; outside that range we rely on heating systems and A/C to keep us comfortable. But what if one garment did both the heating and the cooling?

Cui’s colleague and postdoctoral fellow…

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Split Level Solarized Home Models

Posted by Dannie Jackson on November 23, 2017 at 8:00am 0 Comments

  This past month I wanted to expand on an idea I had designing tiny homes for use with larger ranch and split level homes.  The split level home is ideal in the  mountain regions where I live at where we have lots of hills and mountain side…
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IAQ and Mold

Posted by Summer Reyes on November 22, 2017 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

What Is Mold?

According to the IICRC S520 “Molds are microorganisms that utilize organic substrates as nutrient sources in the presence of moisture.” Well, to put it more simply: molds are little organisms that like to grow on wet, organic materials (A.K.A. wood floors, dirt, and drywall).

Mold doesn't grow on inorganic materials; However, it can grow on the dirt present on the…

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