Category Archives: Building Science

Baby, don’t you light my fire

I don’t venture into energy policy too often. There are more traps and mistaken concepts than I care to navigate. But occasionally you’ll find me dipping my toes into those muddy waters, this is one of those times. A recent … Continue reading

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Attic adventures #1: Insulation is where you find it

Something new, I’m going to be adding an occasional post about oddities and adventures in building science. Funny things do happen and I’ll be sharing them with you. I’m a New Englander born and bred. Grew up on a farm … Continue reading

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Old houses are like old people. You can learn a lot from them.

One of my indulgences is taking time to look at a detail in an old house and trying to get into the head of the craftsman who made it. I can’t say that every try is successful, but when I … Continue reading

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How wet is too wet?

Is your house wet? Is it just damp? Or, more to the point, is it wetter than it should be? If you have standing water anywhere in your house it’s too wet. That’s pretty easy. A leaking roof, water on … Continue reading

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And One To Grow On

I love water. I’ve got a nice glass of water on my desk right now. Without water you don’t have life in any sense that we earthlings would recognize. Unless you have a vacation home in another star system I … Continue reading

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What is building science?

What’s this Building Science stuff about? Without being too cute about it, it’s just applying science to buildings and using it to make choices. We’ve been using science for structural decisions for years. We’ve even been able to reduce a … Continue reading

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