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Articles by Clayton DeKorne

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    An Air-Sealing Priority List (Subscriber content)

    To cost-effectively meet air-sealing requirements for new construction, some leaks matter more than others. Recent research gives us some clues.

     
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    Practical Green for Coastal Homes

    As green building grabs the attention of otherwise cautious home buyers, so does the potential for "greenwashing" — the efforts of overzealous marketers to label anything and everything "green." Selectively focusing on one feature while ignoring others, or intentionally misleading buyers about the...

     
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    Floating Out the Storm

    The devastation and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina set Bill and Bryan Spatz in motion rethinking what type of foundation makes sense in flood-prone areas. The Noah's Ark Project is a steel-framed modular home built on a barge. The home looks like a typical 2,700-square-foot home with an asking...

     
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    From the Editor: Beyond Code

    Beyond Code

     
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    Coastal Building Resources

    Daunting as the coastal climate can be, the home-building industry has the capacity to construct homes capable of withstanding the ravages of hurricane-force winds, floods, home-crushing waves, incessant rain, high humidity, short drying cycles, scorching sun, and corrosive concentrations of salt...

     
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    Backdoor: Houses That Swim

    Houses That Swim

     
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    Soundings: Potable Water for Secluded Sites

    Potable Water for Secluded Sites

     
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    Interview: Restoring Trust

    The projects that D.P. Thomas Construction complete each year on or near the water around Wrightsville Beach, N.C., range in cost from $150K to well past the million-dollar mark. What owner Dave Thomas started as a small remodeling firm in the 1970s has grown to become a local authority on the...

     
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    From the Editor: May the Best Practices Succeed

    May the Best Practices Succeed

     
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    From the Editor

    One Year After

     
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    Review: Strong, Safe, Foundations

    Faced with an unprecedented coastal reconstruction need post-Katrina, the mitigation arm of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has released FEMA 550, Recommended Residential Construction for the Gulf Coast: Building on Strong and Safe Foundations. This must-have document for coastal building...

     
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    Interview: Great Expectations

    Steven J. Koenig specializes in custom residential homes on islands along the South Carolina shore. At a cost of as much as $500 or more per square foot, his homes appeal to a select group of very high-end clients. Koenig discusses the unique challenges of working with this clientele and working...

     
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    Soundings: Sealed Crawlspaces in Flood Zones

    Sealed Crawlspaces in Flood Zones

     
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    Stucco That Works

    Done well, traditional three-coat stucco should be impervious to water, but the demands of schedule and budget have pushed many builders to opt for less durable one-coat stucco claddings and have enticed applicators to take shortcuts that compromise the integrity of otherwise good stucco. To remedy...

     
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    Design: Small Is Beautiful

    Small Is Beautiful

     
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    From the Editor

    Gulf Fixation

     
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    Selecting Windows for Coastal Homes

    All windows worth buying should carry a valid warranty and meet basic structural and thermal performance measures. On the coast, however, strong winds and blowing rain make it imperative that windows meet even more stringent performance requirements. Editor Clayton DeKorne sorts through the...

     
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    Interview: Point of Focus

    GB General Contractors dodged a bullet when Rita roared to town. The second Category 5 hurricane of the record-breaking 2005 hurricane season moved north, sparing the Pearland community of the greater Houston metropolis a direct hit. Owner Gil Boyles breathed a sigh of relief - one born of...

     
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    From the Editor: No Big Easy Answers

    No Big Easy Answers

     
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    Backdoor: The Wind Watchers

    The Wind Watchers