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An oversized air conditioner can make it cold but doesn't dehumidify well.
Posted by Allison Bailes on June 14, 2010
It's been hot and muggy in Atlanta the past few days. Now I'm not your typical Atlantan who says that lightly. I grew up in Houston and south Louisiana and spent nine years in Florida, so I know hot and muggy. Overall, summers in Atlanta are pretty nice because of our elevation (~1000 feet), but we...
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Posted by EV Staff on June 11, 2010
Next month, for about three weeks, professional cyclists will ride 2,200 miles through the hills and towns of France competing for the title of Tour de France Champion. Only one will be crowned champ, but they won't have earned it on their own. They will have nine other cyclists working in front,...
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Louisiana bayou country
Posted by Allison Bailes on June 9, 2010
I was born and raised in the oil patch, getting my start in Houston and then moving to south Louisiana when I was 10 years old. Spending as much time as possible fishing, hunting, trawling, and hanging out in the marsh and on the water was the best part of my life in south Louisiana. I paddled...
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building science: spray foam on roofline
Posted by Allison Bailes on June 8, 2010
Over the past decade, I've immersed myself in the world of building science and green building. I've absorbed a lot of knowledge and have learned the even more important lesson of how to find answers to questions that arise in this field and how to keep abreast of what's new. Here, then, are my top...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on June 7, 2010
My grandmother was 'cold-natured,' which meant she was more often too cold than too hot. My grandfather could sweat just by thinking about going outside on a summer day in Louisiana (where summer lasts for 5 months). Yet they lived together comfortably for over half a century. How is that possible?
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Posted by EV Staff on June 4, 2010
A few weeks ago, my uncle, John, called me up and asked if I could design the house where he and his future wife would spend the rest of their lives. Like many people, he wants to save money on the construction costs and the energy bills. “No problem,” I said. 
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green jobs learning while doing
Posted by Allison Bailes on June 2, 2010
Think about the best learning experience of your life. Maybe it was learning how to do your job, whether you're a carpenter, an architect, or a lawyer. Perhaps it was building a business. (That requires an insane amount of study and learning; I can tell you from personal experience.) Or maybe it...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on May 28, 2010
It's Friday, and I'm in the mood for something light and fun today after just completing a major project yesterday. I finished up our application to become a HERS training provider and submitted it to RESNET! It looks like our first HERS rater class will be in mid-August, and I'm really excited...
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atmospheric combustion water heater
Posted by Allison Bailes on May 26, 2010
Have you heard that one before, that you shouldn't seal up your house too tightly because a house needs to breathe? It's a common myth, but that's all it is - a myth. Houses do NOT need to breathe. People do.
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