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  • Builder's Guide to Windows

    There are more than 100 million homes and approximately 20 billion square feet of clear-glass residential windows in the U.S. Most of those homes are more than 30 years old, and as a result, the market is growing for replacement windows with energy-efficient insulating glass.

     
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    Attic Insulation for Hot Climates?

    Q: Builders in cold climates often go beyond code-required attic insulation levels, especially when using a relatively inexpensive material like blown-in cellulose. Is the same approach helpful in cooling climates?

     
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    Hillside Elevators

    Waterfront property never goes out of style, and everyone likes a spectacular building site perched on high ground.

     
  • High-Performance Homes on a Budget

    Well-thought-out details make energy-efficient houses both attractive and affordable.

     
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    Net Zero House for a Cold Climate

    An architect shares his plan and process for building a northern Vermont house that produces as much energy as it consumes.

     
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    Getting Certified for Home Energy Audits

    As the owner of a small remodeling and handyman company (nearly $1 million annual sales before the downturn), I’ve always been careful to stay focused on our core offerings — bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and small jobs ranging from two-hour service calls to week-long “honey do” lists.

     
  • Energy Performance Monitor

    For contractors serious about assessing building performance, Onset has assembled the HOBO Measurement & Verification System.

     
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    Home Performance Contracting

    Careful diagnostic testing is the key to cost-effective energy upgrades.

     
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    In the News

    Stringent new energy code offers flexibility; company fined for breaking FTC’s R-value rule; Denver’s moratorium on fees pays off; PV-panel prices decline; more

     
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    Making the Best of Rising Energy Costs

    Now is a good time to refine your green strategy in a way that guarantees profit.

     
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    A Builder's Guide to Energy Codes

    A close look at current energy codes - and where they're headed.

     
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    Staying Informed Can Keep You Out of Trouble

    You can get yourself in a lot of trouble in our industry by thinking you know what you really don't.

     
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    Practical Engineering: Resisting Tornado Damage

    This APA storm report shows that structural sheathing, metal connectors, and strong garage walls can increase the likelihood that a home will survive all but the most powerful storms.

     
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    Catch a Falling Star

    New remodeler's specialty — repairing meteorite damage

     
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    What is Green?

    Green may sound simple, but it can be surprisingly difficult to define. An expert in the field explains what green means, and why it matters.

     
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    Choosing Vinyl Windows

    There's more to vinyl windows than meets the eye. Here's an inside look at how they go together - and how you can use them to best advantage.

     
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    Exterior Soundproofing That Works

    These details, used in soundproofing programs near the nation’s airports, do a good job of keeping exterior noise out.

     
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    Green Building For Profit

    These builders switched from commercial construction to environmentally responsible residential building — and they’ve learned how to make money at it.

     
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    Q&A: Installing Cedar Siding Over Rigid Foam Sheathing

    Q: What are the risks of installing cedar siding directly over foil-faced rigid foam insulation? Should tar paper or housewrap be used as well?

     
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    Successful Fireplaces in Tight Houses

    Want to keep the fireplace from smoking your clients out of their living room? The answer lies in building a straight flue, locating the chimney in the center of the house, and controlling air pressure with makeup air.

     
 
 
 
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