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Heating Houses in Hawaii (pt. 1)

Posted by Blake Reid on December 11, 2017 at 1:00pm 4 Comments

It can get cold in Hawaii.  I know, I know.  I've been hearing it forever:

  • "My year in Hawaii we lived happily with no heat..."
  • "Winter is Not Coming"…
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3 Myths About Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Posted by Efficiency First California on December 12, 2017 at 3:43pm 1 Comment

Misconceptions About Air Quality and Home Performance

Recently I wrote a blog about the October 2017 firestorms in Northern California. I live and work in the city of Sonoma and was directly affected by the fires. My family and I evacuated our home and waited out the fires on safer grounds until the danger passed. We are OK, life has resumed, but the impact on the region will last for several years.

In my last post, I wrote about how air quality was impacted in the area, and how people responded by using N95 face masks…

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Degree Days Shuffle

Posted by Home Energy Magazine on December 12, 2017 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

A 2015 study, “Impacts of global warming on residential heating and cooling degree-days in the United States,” comparing heating degree-days (HDD), cooling degree-days (CDD), and HDD + CDD across the United States during the historical period 1981–2010 and the future period 2080–2099 predicts that New York City weather will become more like today’s Oklahoma City weather and Seattle’s will become more like present day San…

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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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