Tag Archives: Energy

Toxic attitude

  The picture above tells a sad tale. A tale of bad project management, dispirited workers, and poor results for building occupants. I should note that I was the first person to access that space on the left in the … Continue reading

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Oh, that’s gonna smell…

  Sometimes you just get a lot of the same thing around the same time. The past couple of weeks it’s been the wrong way to insulate concrete walls. Out of the three instances recently, two were a bit, shall … Continue reading

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Short thought on a long sentence

  “Where a preservationist might insist that broad expanses of decayed original plaster be repaired or restored with new material mixed and applied according to traditional recipes and finishes, a renovator would more than likely remove the plaster entirely, replacing … Continue reading

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Don’t be a dim bulb

  Light bulbs come up all the time when talking about energy efficiency. One comment I hear all the time, “I’ll switch to the more energy efficient bulbs as I use up the old ones.” I’ve got a better idea, … Continue reading

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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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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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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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