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Radiant

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    Using Water Heaters for Radiant Heat

    A veteran plumbing contractor points out the advantages of using a gas water heater instead of a boiler for a hydronic heating system.

     
  • Special Report: Insect Infestations in Buried Foam

    Rigid foam insulation used below grade provides hidden pathways for termites and carpenter ants, and makes it impossible to chemically treat the foundation. We examine the problem, the costs, and possible solutions.

     
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    Hardwood Flooring over Radiant Heat

    Hardwood floors can perform well over radiant heat, but it takes careful hvac design, good job-site moisture control, and careful coordination between the heating sub and the flooring contractor. Here’s what you need to know.

     
  • Resources: Radiant Heating Guide

    Radiant heating primer, masonry veneer guide, user-friendly UBC Index

     
  • Innovative tools and materials

    Among the thousands of new building products introduced each year are some that help you build faster, better, and more economically. Here’s our pick of some of the best.

     
  • Notebook

    Tariffs on drilled studs may be reinstated, Arizona OSHA found liable in job-site death, becoming an expert witness, tax law on sub vs. employee

     
  • Case Study: Hydronic Heat Retrofit

    Using PEX tubing and panel radiators, the author retrofitted central heating with minimal disruptions to framing and finishes.

     
  • Structural Slabs With Foam Forms

    For builders using insulated concrete forms, attaching a wood floor system is the hardest part of the job. A structural slab, by contrast, is easy to install, has excellent resistance to fire and sound transmission, and works well with radiant floor heating. Here’s a step-by-step look at both steel...

     
  • Building Technology: Fifteen Years of Change

    We take a look back at the new products and technologies that have changed the way we build.

     
  • Hydro-Air Heating Options

    For climates where both heating and cooling are needed, this hybrid system offers the greatest flexibility. An hvac contractor shows how he makes it work.

     
 
 
 
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