Innovative solutions for creating healthy, efficient, eco-friendly homes

November 2003

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Sunroom Sources

Industry & trade linksAmerican ArchitecturalManufacturers Associationwww.aamanet.orgNational Sunroom Associationwww.nationalsunroom.org785-271-0208(for standards guide)Sustainable BuildingsIndustry Councilwww.sbicouncil.orgManufacturers*Classic Conservatorieswww.classicconservatories.comGorell Enterprises Inc.www.gorell.comFlorian

Solar Homework

The major blackout in the Northeast this past summer emphasized our reliance on electricity - and the need to explore alternative sources. While conservation can do much to bring down costs, adding solar components to your home can also make a significant difference in your wallet and in the environment.

Optimum Thickness Corrected

Topt = (24 x HDD x F x PWF) Rin x 105(a1 + a2 + a3) and Ropt = Topt x Rin + R0

The Un-Wired Lifestyle

Multiple computers sharing one printer, family photos stored on a PC shown on a large-screen TV, music files stored on a computer but played through a stereo system, no more waiting to go online until someone else finishes, digital images displayed on any PC in the house showing the view from a wireless camera aimed at the baby's crib or the front door - the possibilities for work, play and security that are offered by wireless networking at home are extensive and expanding rapidly.

Make Room for the Sun

According to the Annual Builder Practices Report by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center (NAHBRC) in Upper Marlboro, Md., 102,000 sunrooms were added to homes in 1999, 103,000 in 2000 and 130,000 in 2001. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry in Des Plaines, Ill., estimates sunrooms account for more than 500,000 remodeling projects each year.Sunrooms come in a diverse range of styles, sizes and designs. They're known by many names: sunroom, Florida room, garden room, conservatory, greenhouse, sunporch, patio room, solarium, and the list goes on.

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