The Bottom Line: Passive leaks around cat doors waste WAY more energy than slow moving cats.
Jul 8, 2014 9:19:00 PM
Jun 30, 2014 7:50:00 PM
Many people think of green products and principles while planning a new home, but they may not consider the impact of the home's garage.
Jun 24, 2014 7:41:00 AM
ADMITTEDLY, URINALS ARE NOT an everyday topic of conversation. And when it comes to homes and apartments, they almost never enter the discussion. However, that may be changing and changing very soon.
Home urinals, ranging in popularity, have been found in parts of Asia, Europe, Australia, and even in India. However, the trend in the United States is still in its infancy. In addition, the economy, which has severely impacted the housing construction industry, has slowed things down considerably.
Jun 23, 2014 7:17:00 PM
WHILE DOING SOME RESEARCH on fresh air intake for wood boilers, I found this fascinating illustration of a do-it-yourself fresh air return. I haven't tried building one myself, but it looks like it might just work as a low-budget way to provide the "makeup" air a wood burner needs and maintain healthy indoor air. And conveniently enough, there's a company that sells miniature heat exchanger "coils" and pipe lengths that will allow you to build this Rube Goldberg-looking contraption quite easily.
Jun 20, 2014 6:49:22 PM
A FEW YEARS BACK, I wrote an article called "Building Blind," that exposed some major flaws in the way products are installed in new homes, with no regard for how one product limits the lifespan of another. For example, putting thin asphalt felt (tar paper) under clay roof tiles means you will have to remove those tiles when the paper fails in about 20 years, whereas the tiles might have lasted for centuries.