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  • The painted clapboard is moldy. So what is the mold food? Is it the wood or the paint?

    Pete’s Puzzle: Mold on Painted Clapboards is Food for Thought |

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 20 Jul '17, 11am

    Whenever my wife starts a conversation with, “OK, Mr. Building Scientist,” I know I am in some kind of trouble. That proved to be the case one day when we were out hanging laundry on the south side of our house. “OK, Mr. Building Scientist, you supposedly worked your moisture magic wh...

  • For GBA subscribers: If your house is on piers, should you enclose the space under the house or leave it open?

    Crawl Spaces vs. Skirts

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 21 Jul '17, 12pm

    Many older homes in rural areas have pier foundations. The piers may be made of wood (for example, creosoted posts or pressure-treated lumber), poured concrete, CMUs, or bricks. The space between the dirt and the underside of the floor framing may be enclosed or may be entirely open t...

  • A developer in Maine offers high-performance homes. Buyers say, "Naw -- code-minimum is fine with us."

    When High-Performance Homes Don’t Sell |

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 19 Jul '17, 11am

    Jefferson Homes of Exeter, New Hampshire, has taken over construction in Brackett Estates with the kind of houses buyers are used to seeing. Houses like the company's signature Glen Ellen are neat and attractive, and built with predictable features. The 2x6-framed walls, for example, ...

  • Which Utilities Sponsor the Best #EnergyEfficiency Programs?

    Which Utilities Sponsor the Best Energy Efficiency Programs?

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 21 Jul '17, 8pm

    Some regions scored much better than others. Utilities in the Northeast, the highest-scoring region, earned, on average, 62% of total points, followed closely by those in the West, which earned 57%. The Northeast average is more than twice that of utilities in the Southeast, the lowes...

  • Fort Collins aims for an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

    An Award-Winning Efficiency Program in Colorado

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 21 Jul '17, 6pm

    Like other forward-thinking cities, Fort Collins — a city of 167,500 located in northern Colorado — had a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. However, following a Rocky Mountain Institute e–Lab design charrette Meeting at the beginning of an integrative design process th...

  • via @GBAdvisor: in a conventionally built home, mudsills are typically an area of significant air leakage.

    Urban Rustic: Let the Framing Begin

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 21 Jul '17, 8pm

    Editor's note: This post is one of a series by Eric Whetzel about the design and construction of his house in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The first blog in his series was called An Introduction to a New Passive House Project ; a list of Eric's previous posts appears below...

  • Main stack venting

    Main stack venting

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 23 Jul '17, 1am

    I'm finishing tying in an addition to my existing slab on grade home and found the main stack vent on the existing house is about 6" into what will be a hallway. The original house had a 3" main stack vent off the master bath, near where the drain exits the house to the septic. There ...

  • For GBA subscibers: Zombie apocalypse! Heat waves made outdoor life unbearable! Can air conditioners still work?

    Air Conditioner Performance In Extreme Heat

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 14 Jul '17, 12pm

    During the last week of June, many major U.S. news outlets sent reporters to Arizona to issue updates on the area’s extreme heat wave. Outdoor temperatures hit 119°F in Phoenix. Some airplanes were grounded because the hot air was too thin for small jets to take off. Car steering whee...

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