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A builder on Martha's Vineyard used this cottage for himself and his family to learn the process of building a certified passive house.

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.

a. Spans are given in feet and inches. 

b. Table is based on a maximum roof-ceiling dead load of 15 psf. 

c. The header [may] be supported by an approved framing anchor attached to the full-height wall stud [...]in lieu of the required jack stud. 

d. The 20 psf ground snow load condition shall apply only when the roof pitch is 9:12 or greater [...] 

e. Building width is measured perpendicular to the ridge. For widths between those shown, spans [may] be interpolated. 

f. The header shall bear on a min. of one jack stud at each end.

Q&A: Floor-System-Integrated Headers

What are the guidelines for letting rim joists act as headers in a wall system?

Hardware on European windows allow them to tilt in for ventilation.

A Look Through European Windows

A behind-the-scenes look at the materials and methods used in making high-performance tilt-and-turn windows.

 
 
 

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Exterior

  • Foundry Specialty Siding Shapes Collection

    Available in 10 standard colors, the faces of this decorative vinyl siding are molded with a cedar texture and other eye-catching details.

     
  • Marvin Contemporary Doors

    Marvin’s newest window and door styles include doors with narrower stiles and rails, as well as more glass.

     
  • The Coastal Solutions Entry Door

    This multifunctional door has impact glass, multi-point locking hardware, and a stepped wood sill to shed water.

     
  • Makita 18-Volt LXDT06 Brushless Impact Driver

    A unique Quick-Shift Mode combats overdriving, but it isn't cheap.

     
  • Video Series: Soffit Venting

    Most of the time soffit venting is done wrong. In this three-part JLC-Live video, Peter Heard explains how to do it right.

     
  • Stucco Parapet Caps - Best Practice

    In general, you are always better to cap your parapet walls with metal rather than stucco'ing over them. But, what if your client or doesn't want that look?

     
  • Studying Moisture in Fat Walls (Subscriber content)

    Comparing the performance of a cellulose-insulated double wall against the same wall insulated with two different thicknesses of low-density open-cell spray foam.

     
  • Drying Rack for Staining Shingles

    Finding a solid process for staining shingles can be tricky. Emanuel Silva explains how to build a lightweight rack that simplifies the task.

     
  • Debarking Red Cedar Logs

    Tips and tools for debarking cedar logs for use as rustic-looking porch posts.

     
  • JLC June Letters

    Risinger’s recent video sparks a debate about Tyvek, and a reader takes issue with foam-slicing saws.

     
  • Cover Guard Floor Protection

    Long used in the marine industry, this floor protection is flame retardant and impermeable to water, and includes a slip-resistant diamond-plate-pattern surface.

     
  • Ecoshel Smart Shingle System

    A numbering system on these 45-inch-long panels provides a guide for vertical joints on adjacent courses to be automatically offset.

     
  • Deck Failure Hurts 13 on Pawleys Island

    Party season on the beach brings an all-too-familiar news story about a collapsing wood deck.

     
  • Flashing Deck Ledgers

    Glenn Mathewson sets the record straight on what the code requires for deck flashing.

     
  • Roofing With Asphalt Shingles

    More than 80% of U.S. homes have asphalt shingle roofs, and though easy to install, you still need to do it right. These details and best practices will help ensure a durable roof.

     
  • USP Two-Part Anchoring Epoxies

    Designed for embedding rebar or threaded rod into masonry, USP’s two-part epoxies include targeted formulas for nearly every jobsite condition.

     
  • Kohler Tailored Vanity Collection

    With hundreds of drawer/door configurations, hardware pieces, organizational accessories, and finishes, the Tailored Vanity collection makes it easier to give clients what they want.

     
  • Boral Concrete Roof Tile Rated Class 4

    Boral's roof tile is designed to withstand hail balls of up to 2 inches in diameter at an impact speed of up to 70 mph.

     
  • A Drywaller’s Approach to Air Sealing Homes (Subscriber content)

    Air leaks through the building shell can have a significant effect on a home’s durability, energy use, and indoor air quality. Myron Ferguson explains how drywall can be an important part of the air barrier of an enclosure.

     
  • Mudsill Layout for a Complex Foundation (Subscriber content)

    When it comes to laying out a complex foundation, attention to detail makes the rest of the house easier to frame.

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking