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Performance Measurement

  • Finger-Jointed Studs

    Q: Can finger-jointed studs be used for wall plates and short window and door headers?

     
  • Building a Curved Stairway

    Simple framed walls support the treads and act as forms for bending the rails and stringers.

     
  • New Standards for Green Building

    This spring, a partnership between the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) plans to release a new green building standard, adding to an already dizzying array of green standards confronting affordable housing developers. Here's a list of the most...

     
  • NAED Offers To-Market Best Practices

    Aiming to enhance coordination between manufacturers and distributors when introducing new products to market, the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) has developed a set of best practices, detailed in a white paper, that will help improve and expedite the new product...

     
  • Glued Wall Sheathing

    Q: Is it okay to glue OSB or plywood sheathing to the wall framing before fastening the sheathing with nails? It seems that this would be a simple and cost-effective way to add strength to a wall assembly while reducing air infiltration.

     
  • Defining "Green"

    You probably think that I have been around too long and have seen too many contracts to sign anything containing an important specification that isn't clearly defined. Surely I would never do something as stupid as that, right?

     
  • Letters

    OSB on the roof; drywall butt joints; siding solo

     
  • Framing a Curved Porch

    Laminated beams and PVC trim round off the corner on a new porch for a historic building

     
  • Letters

    Photos prove the point; flashing, not caulk; shimming jamb extensions; energy code follow-up

     
  • Best Underlayment Fasteners

    Q : When we install vinyl flooring, we like to fasten the underlayment with staples because they install quickly and don't need setting or filling afterwards. But occasionally we've noticed minor squeaking in some of our floors. Assuming that we're using the correct number of fasteners, would we...

     
  • Soundings

    Plywood vs. OSB: Which Is Better?

     
  • Solving the Uplift Puzzle

    Where the codes once concentrated mostly on verifying that buildings could handle gravity loads, now coastal homes must also resolve the complicated load effects associated with high winds: uplift, shear (or "racking"), sliding, and overturning. Ted Cushman takes a closer look at one kind of...

     
  • Turning Miami Housing Upside Down

    Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and County Manager George Burgess expressed shock and outrage over the waste and mismanagement uncovered by The Miami Herald in its prize-winning investigation of the Miami-Dade Housing Agency (MDHA) last year.

     
  • Exposed I-Joists

    Q: A client has asked me to build a practical outbuilding with a wood floor system. For simplicity's sake, I'd like to place it on a Sonotube foundation and use continuous-span wood I-joists. The bottom of the I-joists will be about 16 to 24 inches off the ground, and the perimeter joists will be...

     
  • Letters

    Testing spray-foam jobs; ridge beams and collar ties; safety reminder; more

     
  • Running a Timber-Framing Business

    Modern tools bring this traditional building method into the 21st century.

     
  • Lumber for Permanent Wood Foundations

    Q: Is ACQ-treated lumber and plywood suitable for building permanent wood foundations?

     
  • letter to the editor

    The article 'On The Road with Light' presented a detailed review of the three methods for roadway lighting calculations. Not discussed was whether or not roadway lighting is warranted at all, and if warranted, to what degree. RP-8 does not address criteria for 'when' roadway lighting is...

     
  • Building a Beamed Ceiling

    Prefabricating the paneled sections on the floor speeds installation.

     
  • Waterproofing Under a Stone Countertop

    Q: Is it okay to use Schluter's Kerdi material as a waterproofing membrane beneath a stone countertop? Because it's flexible, I plan to use it to cover the plywood substrate on top of the cabinets, and then turn it up the wall a few inches so that I can w

     
 
 
 
 
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