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  • Q&A: Powered Attic Ventilation

    Q: I am trying to plan the best way to ventilate a hipped roof above an attic. Since the ridge is very short, ridge venting is not an option. I was planning to install powered exhaust ventilation. How should I size the fan?

     
  • Q&A: Attic Ventilation Details

    Q: I am improving the attic ventilation in a 30-year-old two-story house in Virginia. My plan is to install soffit vents and insulation baffles. The attic has gable vents with thermostatically controlled fans. Do I have to install a ridge vent, or are the

     
  • Products

    Ready-made business forms; ventilating fan for toilet bowl; generator wheel kit; rack for production door painting; hot wheelbarrow add-ons; more

     
  • Q&A: Makeup Air for Fireplaces and Exhaust Fans

    Q: In a house I am building, I need to provide adequate makeup air for a fireplace and a 600-cfm cooktop exhaust fan. How do I size a passive duct to introduce exterior makeup air into the house?

     
  • Choosing a Whole-House Ventilation System

    Homeowners and code officials are beginning to insist on better mechanical ventilation systems. A ventilation expert helps you choose the best system for your climate.

     
  • Best-Practice Energy Upgrades

    Here are five cost-effective ways to cut energy costs in new construction and remodels.

     
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    Makeup Air For Combustion Equipment

    Fuel-burning appliances like water heaters, furnaces, and boilers need a steady supply of combustion air to operate safely and efficiently. In today’s tight houses, this means you may have to install dedicated air intakes. In this article, a venting specialist tells you what you need to know.

     
  • Crawlspace Ventilation Update

    Most crawlspaces should be carefully sealed, not ventilated. In many areas, however, the codes are still catching up with best practice.

     
  • Notebook

    Coping with the labor shortage, water heater failures, higher fly ash content in concrete, new home ventilation standard

     
  • Plumbing Venting Explained

    Ever wonder why the plumber insists on notching and boring the framing to run all those vent lines up through the house? A master plumber explains the whys and wherefores of venting rules, and tells how he goes beyond code minimums to avoid callbacks.

     
 
 
 
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