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Envelope

  • Marvin Windows and Doors Automated Exterior Shading System

    Marvin's shading system can be fitted to a range of the company's windows, is invisible when retracted, and fully integrates into the frame. Plus, the motor can be controlled via an iPad or iPod app.

     
  • Building Better Eaves

    Roof overhangs can be finished in a number of materials and constructed in a wide variety of different ways. Here's what you need to know to construct eaves that will survive the test of time.

     
  • Coastal Maine Builders Push the Passive House Envelope

    Two Maine builders are taking different paths to premium performance.

     
  • Thermal Imaging With a Blower Door (Subscriber content)

    Though it's impossible to seal every hole in an existing building to prevent air leaks, here's a procedure you can use to identify the worst leaks in order to tighten the home as cost-effectively as possible.

     
  • Siding Guide

    LineBacker Siding Insulation provides a thermal break and its parallel ridges serve as guides for the installation of horizontal siding planks.

     
  • PVC Ceiling

    Zip-Up Ceiling offers a quick way to finish a basement ceiling: Install trim around the perimeter, then infill with paintable PVC panels and hidden rails that can be unzipped later for cleaning and overhead access.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Rigid Rock Wool

    Designed for use as exterior continuous insulation in rainscreen wall systems, Comfortboard CIS repels water but is breathable enough to allow outward wall drying.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Best Practices: Continuous Exterior Insulation (Subscriber content)

    A guide to selecting and installing rigid foam on walls.

     
  • Venting the Crawlspace (Subscriber content)

    Most crawlspaces are vented to the outdoors, but encapsulating the crawlspace has gained favor among builders of green and energy-efficient homes. But what do you do about the air down there?

     
  • Roof moss may look benign and even quaint on roof shingles, but left unchecked, it can cause severe damage both inside and outside a home.

    Damage From Roof Moss (Subscriber content)

    That green growth on your roof might be causing expensive damage to many parts of your home.

     
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    Greenskin Envelope Seal

    This 17-mil polyethylene material makes quick work of flashing pipe penetrations.

     
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    First Time Using R-Sheathing (Subscriber content)

    This On the Job looks at a project that requires insulated R-sheathing.

     
  • OSB vs Plywood Sheating

    Have you ever seen a house that was framed with Thermoply sheathing?

     
  • Insulation Code Change

    How the new insulation codes affect a house using spray foam

     
  • Stick-on stone worse than EIFS?

    The wall failures associated with adhered concrete masonry veneer (ACMV) are mounting and could dwarf the problems once associated with synthetic stucco.

     
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    Weather Shield Premium Series Hinged Patio Doors

    Weather Shield’s new Premium Series hinged patio door is traditionally designed with simulated divided lite low-E glass and oil-rubbed bronze multi-point locks.

     
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    Zola Windows PanoramicView Aluminum-Clad Sliding Doors

    The PanoramicView series from Zola Windows offers easy operation and durability with reduced frame thickness.

     
  • 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.

     
 
 
 
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