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Building Science & Home Performance

Which House Shape Is the Most Energy-Efficient?

Doors, windows, insulation. All these qualities can make a home more energy-efficient, but did you know that so too can the shape of your home? It’s true! So which house shape boasts the most energy efficiency?

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Building Science & Home Performance

What Is the R-Value of Foam Board Insulation? (With Chart)

When considering your insulation options, foam board is bound to come up. Besides the price of insulation, you’re also choosing the best type of insulation for your home based on its R-value. What is the R-value of foam board insulation?

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Building Science & Home Performance

How Much Does Insulation Save in Money (and Energy)?

Discovering that your home is uninsulated or insufficiently insulated creates a conundrum. Do you continue living as you have or should you put forth the money needed to get your home properly insulated? How much does insulation even save you in both money and energy?

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A picture of a crawl space in the bottom of a house with the words Crawl Space Insulation Written? over it.
Building Science & Home Performance

For Comfort and Savings: Do You Insulate Your Crawl Space?

According to home-buying and selling resource HomeLight, approximately 27 million homes in the United States have crawl spaces. If your home is among them, then you might wonder whether it’s worth insulating the crawl space. Is this something you should do?

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A picture of a brightly lit bare residential garage with the words Do You Insulate Your Garage? written on top of it.
Building Science & Home Performance

The Pros and Cons of Insulating Your Garage: Do You Do It?

To insulate your garage or not insulate your garage? That is the question- whether ‘tis nobler to suffer from chills and noise from an uninsulated garage. Or whether to take insulation to the nooks and crannies and, by insulating, end them?

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A man working on insulation in the wall, with a water symbol and question marks to the right of him.
Building Science & Home Performance

Wet Insulation: Is It A Risk? What to Do About It

Insulation, when installed properly, is a fantastic luxury that keeps us warm in the winter and cool in the summer. However, if that insulation gets wet, it could be a different story. Is wet insulation a risk and if so, what can be done about it?

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Renewable & Efficiency Technology

Are Hybrid Heat Pump Hot Water Heaters Reliable?

There’s nothing like hot showers during the winter, especially in colder climates. Having a reliable heat pump for showers or cooking helps prevent any frustrations from defective craftsmanship. But how reliable are they?

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