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Basement Renovation - Concerns & Ideas

Good morning pros! I am bidding on a basement renovation of a two story brick home in Arlington, VA. The first story is partially below gr…

Started by Patrick Michaelyan

1 Mar 26, 2014
Reply by Richard Beyer

LAST CHANCE: March Madness: 2 for 1 BSP Deal!

For the next five days, when you buy the Building Science Principles (BSP) exam, get the BSP Reference Guide for FREE! The BSP certificat…

Started by Mike Kandel

0 Mar 26, 2014

Looking for Residential Energy Usage Data Tracking Alternatives

I'm trying to find a cost-effective solution to track reductions in energy use for residential energy efficiency improvements (the informat…

Started by Jennifer Weiss

11 Mar 25, 2014
Reply by Jennifer Weiss

Electrical Efficiency for Gas Furnaces.

I've noticed my new furnace uses about the same electrical power to operate as my old furnace, even though the new furnace (44k) is 1/2 the…

Started by Bob Blanchette

2 Mar 20, 2014
Reply by Bob Blanchette

Fire sprinklers & air infiltration?

The housing industry is continuously trying to make houses tighter.  This will continue coming up as an issue for the sprinkler industry un…

Started by Kent Mitchell

9 Mar 20, 2014
Reply by Ed Minch

Rigid Foam (Polyiso) as a Weather-Resistive Barrier

Hello pros! I have done much reading on the subject and am still in need of a final round of feedback on using foil-faced polysio board as…

Started by Patrick Michaelyan

10 Mar 18, 2014
Reply by Dennis Heidner

Bad floor insulation installation

 We are seeing this more and more... 9" of insulation flush on the bottom of a 12" or 14" floor joist cavity.  No contact with conditioned…

Started by Kent Mitchell

5 Mar 17, 2014
Reply by Bud Poll

Closed-Cell Foam & Brick Walls

Hello Pros. I have been reading up on the use of closed-cell foam applied to brick (foundation) walls. I live and do business in northern…

Started by Patrick Michaelyan

4 Mar 15, 2014
Reply by Patrick Michaelyan

How to determine HDD's and "savings" from furnace upgrade

Last fall I upgraded my furnace from a 88,000BTU 80% to a 44,000BTU 90%. My gas bills are at record highs, although I'm sure some of it can…

Started by Bob Blanchette

75 Mar 15, 2014
Reply by Steve Waclo

I say to-may-toes and you say to-mah-toes

I like that song but I'm showing my age. We often talk about the general public's need to be educated about energy efficiency to increase t…

Started by Bud Poll

6 Mar 15, 2014
Reply by Bud Poll

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