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www. h o m e e n e r g y. o r g f a ceb o ok . c om / h ome ener gymag tw i t t e r : @ h o m e e n e r g y m a g MARCH/APRIL 2014 Vol. 31 No. 2 contents Editorial 2 A Shift in Energy Information's Center of Gravity? 14 A/C in the Southeast Part 1: Challenges of Cooling in Hot-Humid Climates by Debbie Sniderman Many parts of the Southeast stay hot and humid for months at a time, creating a cooling problem that other U.S. regions do not face. 30 An Experiment in the Variable Capacity Versus Fixed Capacity by James Cummings and Charles Withers Results of an ongoing Building America study show just how important duct location is. Impact of Duct Location: Letters 3 4 A Radiant Barrier in Winter Web Alert What’s Online Now? Tools of the Trade 6 Electronic Tape Measures 36 The Health Benefi ts of Weatherization Trends 10 Passive House Passes Test in Maine by Bruce Tonn and Erin Rose A doctor can’t prescribe weatherization, but with recent research showing its positive effects on physical and mental health, it would make sense. 45 46 46 47 Sustainable Showcase Contributors Advertiser Index Calendar 20 Alaska’s 42 Retrospective— Sustainable Village 30 Years Ago The Back Porch 48 Women Undervaluing Themselves The Formaldehyde Threat Keeping healthy indoor air quality was as important in 1984 as it is today. Unfortunately, formaldehyde is still a threat to homeowners. by Todd Hoener Students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks benefi t from four energy-effi cient homes on campus. E SE IN MAIN PASS IVE HOU MARCH / APRIL ▪ RETROSPE 2014 CTIV E—TH E FORM ALDE HYDE WWW.HOMEEN THREAT ERGY.ORG Alaska’s Village Sustainable Benefits The Health tion of Weatheriza A/C in the Southeast of The Impact n Duct Locatio See article on p. 30. COVER: The Tamarack House is one of four energy-effi cient homes in the Sustainable Village built on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Photo by Monique Musick www. homeenergy.org 1

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