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Engineering

  • Tips for Finding Strong Keywords for Your Website (Subscriber content)

    The SEO rules have changed. This article describes how to use Google Keyword Planner to find the three or four keywords that best describe your expertise, and how to use them to rewrite your Web copy.

     
  • Working With Large Beams (Subscriber content)

    Tips for planning and equipment that will make working with large glulam or other engineered beams easier and faster.

     
  • Federal Government Draws Lessons From Joplin Tornado

    A U.S. government research agency has released a long report that analyzing damage from the tornado that blasted Joplin, Missouri in spring of 2011, and suggesting ways the nation could better prepare for similar storms.

     
  • Dallas Implements Green Building Code

    Starting October 1, new homes in Dallas, Texas must be “certifiable” under LEED guidelines or meet equivalent city standards.

     
  • Tornado-Struck Oklahoma Couple Rebuilds With Concrete

    The Moore, Oklahome tornado of May 20, 2013 destroyed their house. Now, Jasper and Amanda Warden are rebuilding with concrete.

     
  • Advanced Building Products Mortairvent Membrane

    Suitable for all exterior siding applications, this rainscreen technology creates a drainage and ventilation cavity between the weather resistant barrier and the exterior wall.

     
  • Replacing the Trim Around a Classic Doorway (Subscriber content)

    Upgrading the trim on a vintage home such as this one gives an old doorway a new life.

     
  • Tips for Building a Double Winder Stair (Subscriber content)

    In building this double winder stair, remodeler Dave Holbrook used modular boxes to stack one tread and riser at a tim.

     
  • Top 10 Building Science Secrets (Subscriber content)

    Overall, the state of the construction industry is improving. Many builders and remodelers are learning, either out of interest or coercion, about building science and how to apply it. Here are 10 secrets that will keep you ahead of the game.

     
  • Trimaco's Old School Heavyweight Butyl Drop Cloths

    Made in the U.S., these washable drop cloths consist of a tightly woven polyester/cotton fabric with a triple-coated utyl-rubber backing that helps prevent liquids from leaking through while also resisting slippage on hardwood and other solid surfaces.

     
  • Installing Full-Frame Replacement Windows (Subscriber content)

    A window and door specialist from Chicago shares fast and efficient installation methods to ensure windows perform well and stand the test of time.

     
  • Award Hardwood Floors Eco-Strand Engineered Flooring

    Eco-Strand three-ply engineered flooring is made with whole small-diameter Aspen trees, which rapidly renew. A sawn-cut veneer creates a distinct wood grain top layer.

     
  • Martin Went To Summer Camp, So You Don’T Have To

    Martin Holladay’s concise but thorough update on the Building Science Corporation’s summer seminar is online at GreenBuilding Advisor.

     
  • Chinese Authorities Crack Down On Apartment-Top Mountain Villa

    Houses on top of apartment buildings are a thing in China. But this time, the builder may have gone too far.

     
  • Are Birdmouths in Rafters Necessary?

    Now that there are alternative methods using ripped strips and metal connectors, why are we still cutting birdsmouths in rafters?

     
  • Insulated Structural Sheathing

    Zip System R-Sheathing combines a Zip panel and polyiso foam

     
  • More Wall Bracing Options Using OSB

    The Engineered Wood Association has been working to broaden the choices for using wood structural panels to achieve code-required lateral bracing in wood-frame construction. A new APA publication lays out the OSB industry’s latest recommendations for a “simplified” way to meet code.

     
  • Insulated Lumber

    Trus Joist's TJ Insulated Structural Framing Components make it a little easier to build energy-efficient houses

     
  • Tips for Would-Be Remodelers (Subscriber content)

    New-home builders transitioning to remodeling need to watch out for these issues

     
  • A Historic Building Gets an Energy Upgrade (Subscriber content)

    Satisfying the commissions while bringing an 1840s building up to 21st-century energy-efficiency standards presented a challenge

     
 
 
 
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