Content tagged "energy efficient new homes: building science"

Designing Energy Efficient New Homes for a Warm Climate

Home Energy Updated: January 24, 2014

Reviewed and Revised on 10/25/2013Designing for the ClimateIn warm climate regions such as the Gulf where temperatures are high year round, designing for the...

Understanding Dissimilarities in Different Kinds of Homes: Mobile, Manufactured, Modular, and Factory-built, for Home Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Updated: January 03, 2014

Reviewed and Revised on 01/03/2014All kinds of homes- mobile, manufactured, modular, and factory-built, are built in a factory. The difference lies in how...

How the Exterior Architectural Features of a Home, Built in a Warm Climate, Affect its Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Updated: November 13, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 11/13/2013The shape and exterior structure of a home play major roles in determining its energy efficiency. Building elements...

Importance of Air Tight Construction in Providing a Continuous Air Barrier in New Homes

Home Energy Updated: November 13, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 11/13/2013 Construction gaps and resulting air leakages can increase heating and cooling costs, create comfort and moisture problems,...

Understanding Moisture and its Flow in Homes for Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Updated: November 12, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 11/12/2013Water vapor is one of the many gases that makes up the air we breathe. A little water vapor is good; too much is trouble.An...

Understanding Air Flow in Homes for Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Updated: November 12, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 11/12/2013Air tries to equalize between higher and lower air pressure areas. If there is a pathway (a gap) and a pressure difference,...

Insulating Knee Walls in Homes

Home Energy Updated: October 10, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 10/10/2013             Knee walls are found in houses with finished attics and multiple ceiling heights. The knee wall is the short...

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