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Progressing Toward Air Sealing Goal
Saving Water by Sheet Mulching
Finding Environmentally Safe Building Materials
Heat Pumps Installed and Operational
Volatile Organic Compounds
Siting and Orientation

Progressing Toward Air Sealing Goal
This house was so leaky that before any air sealing and insulation, the blower door could not be operated to reach 50 pascal pressure difference, which is the standard to measure air leakage. Tom ... read more
Saving Water by Sheet Mulching
With the severe drought we have this year, water conservation is in everybody's mind. Outdoor water accounts for 60% of residential usage. Reducing landscape watering can make significant impact. ... read more
Finding Environmentally Safe Building Materials
Have you been trying to find environmentally safe and sustainable building materials for your project? In March 2014, the Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) group held ... read more
Heat Pumps Installed and Operational
In earlier blogs we talked about sizing and selecting two heat pumps for the house. Here are some pictures showing the completed installation of these two heat pumps. The outdoor units are mounted ... read more
Volatile Organic Compounds
VOCs are present in many products in a home, such as paints, glues, cleaning products, furniture, vinyls and even clothing. Here are some tips to reduce exposure to VOCs as a precaution. ... read more
Siting and Orientation
Careful inspection of the exterior of a home is the first step to indentify where energy, water, moisture, leakage and pest infestation problems most likely occur. ... read more

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