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Attic improvement in Hazelwood row house

Pittsburgh and Philadelphia row houses built between 1900 and 1930 are notoriously difficult to improve. While their compact structure and shared walls save energy, attics often lack insulation, even in modernized homes. Studies by weatherization agencies have shown that simply blowing insulation into these 3-foot to 1-foot tall spaces does not produce the desired effect. […]

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Park Hill

Park Hill is a 167-townhouse complex in East Hills, on the Pittsburgh side of the city’s border with Penn Hills. “This was supposed to be an affordable housing community, mixed income, of homeowners, “said contractor Steve Catranel, whose father helped to develop and build Park Hill in the 1960s. But many early homeowners moved out

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5th Ave, Braddock, PA

Predictive power of Home Energy Score (HES) methodology was first deployed in a project between Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh and Tri-COG Land Bank, who jointly committed to achieving high energy efficiency in a vacant home renovation in Braddock.  The initial pre-construction energy audit of this 2 BR home showed the predicted Energy Use Intensity of 152

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