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Stucco Rainscreen – Delta Dry Stucco & Stone Review

How can we build a stucco assembly that will be just as durable and “safe” as a traditional siding house?

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Building a Passive House for the First Time

Builder Farley Pedler delves into high-efficiency Passive House construction by building his own passive house in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

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The truth is that commonly espoused energy-saving tips are worthless. We look at four common offenders.

 
 
 

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    A California judge orders Lowe's to pay $1.6 million for having "unlawfully adverstised" 2x4s that aren't 2 inches by 4 inches. Turns out the suit may have had some teeth.

     
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    Roofing with asphalt shingles, bias against vocational education, working with caulk guns.

     
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    When it’s boiled down, there are essentially two standard methods of roof construction, each having some flexibility. We explore both.

     
 

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