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Other stories by Clayton DeKorne

  • Can Your Homes Survive a Fire Storm?

    Some might call it an apocalypse, but engineers call it an "ember storm" - fire testing for real-world conditions.

  • Insulating Cathedral Ceilings

    JLC executive editor Clayton DeKorne explores some practical solutions to prevent call backs and boost energy performance.

  • Beware the Insulator Who Does Not Include Air Sealing

    Finally, word in the consumer press is catching up with building science ... almost.

  • After all these Years, "Smart House" Gets a Boost

    The announcement last week that Google is paying $3 billion to acquire Nest, a maker of Internet-connected home products, seems to have legitimized what some are calling a nascent market (but it's been around for decades).

  • Raise, Don't Raze, the House

    As work heats up along U.S. coastlines to meet new flood elevations,contractors are jumping in to get new work elevating houses. Reports of dropped houses abound, but one Long Island builder has figured out how to do it right.

  • Retrofit Exterior Foundation Insulation

    Is there a minimally invasive, cost-competitive, easily deployable method of upgrading soil-side foundation insulation in existing buildings? Read on.

  • Buried and Encapsulated Ducts

    Encapsulating ducts with at least 1 1/2 inches of closed-cell spray foam substantially improves HVAC performance in all U.S. climate zones. Burying the encapsulated ducts in loose-fill attic insulation improves performance even more.

  • Thermal Imaging With a Blower Door

    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.

  • Best Practices: Continuous Exterior Insulation

    A guide to selecting and installing rigid foam on walls.

  • Bringing Vocational Education Back to the Classroom

    Like a breath of fresh air, Fresno county's superintendent says it's time to recognize the value and professionalism of people who work with their hands.