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

November 2003

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Heat Loss for 1 Square Foot

FClife = (24 x HDD x F x PWF ) (Rin x T x 105) FClife = lifetime cost of fuel to supply heat loss through 1 square foot. 24 = hours in a day HDD = heating degree-days F = fuel cost for 105 BTUs of heat delivered to the living space PWF = present worth factor, a multiplier for F, accounting for the price of fuel over the life of the insulation Rin = R-value per inch of insulation thickness T = total thickness of insulation

Fix That Drip

Imagine looking up at the ceiling of your living room and finding a water stain - or even worse to suddenly feel water dripping on your head. The stain is something of a mystery, leaving most homeowners wondering exactly where the water is coming from. The idea of tearing apart a home to fix a leak can give the average homeowner a sick feeling in the pit of their stomach. Often, leaking shower drains cause these stains. Drain assemblies can start to leak for several different reasons, but poor installation practices and old age are often the culprits.

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.

Resources

American Occupational Therapy Association www.aota.org Affordable Saunas www.affordablesaunas.com BainUltra www.ultrabath.com Jacuzzi Whirlpool Bath www.jacuzzi.com Kohler www.us.kohler.com/experience/experience.jsp Master Spas portable hot tubs www.masterspas.com MTI Whirlpools www.mtiwhirlpools.com Nordic Products Inc. www.nordichottubs.com Pool and Spa www.poolandspa.com Sauna Depot www.thesaunadepot.com Sussman Lifestyle Group www.mrsteam.com

The History of Solar Housing

Location, location, location - the crux of every homeowner's dream. Living in the 21st century offers options of setting up base camp almost anywhere - atop a mountain, in the woods, on the beach or in the desert. Extreme climatic conditions can be managed inside the house with the push of a button.

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