Tag Archives: Energy Efficiency

Water: The Ideal Thermal Mass

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Water: The Ideal Thermal Mass

What if I told you that I knew about a building product that: Has three times the thermal storage capacity of concrete. Has only half the weight of brick. Is completely non-toxic. Is completely transparent. Is inherently fire-resistant. Is abundantly available in the U.S. at virtually zero cost (at least for the time being). That’s right. I’m talking about water. The nectar of life. Throughout the history of passive solar heating, there are many accounts of innovative thinkers using water as a thermal….

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When Does the 2010 Indiana Energy Conservation Code Not Apply?

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When Does the 2010 Indiana Energy Conservation Code Not Apply?

It has been just over two years since Indiana adopted its new energy code, the 2010 Indiana Energy Conservation Code (IECC). During that time, a lot of rumors, inaccuracies, and confusion have emerged regarding the application of the code. The following is an attempt to clarify the issue using primary source materials. . In a nutshell: The 2012 IECC is mandatory statewide for Class 1 structures (commercial buildings and residential buildings with three or more dwelling units). For a definition of….

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Home Energy Monitors are Worth the Investment

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Home Energy Monitors are Worth the Investment

Back in October of 2009, I blogged about a promising new partnership between Google and The Energy Detective (or TED). At last, a homeowner could monitor their house’s energy consumption in real time using a laptop or mobile phone. While it was hard to justify the $225 dollar investment to my wife, I convinced her that a TED 5000 would at least educate us about our energy use patterns, if not make us more conscientious about our personal energy consumption…..

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