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  • Trimming Windows in a Deep Wall

    Careful detailing helps maintain the thermal break provided by the high-performance window, and flaring the sides of the 8-inch-deep window well allows plenty of light to reach inside.

  • Minisplit Installation on an Interior Wall

    Much less expensive to install than an oil-fired hot-water heating system, minisplits are extremely efficient too

  • Electric Water Heating for a Low-Load Home

    Installing an electric tankless water heater proves to be cost-effective and energy efficient.

  • Calculating FPSF Insulation Requirements

    There are two good sources for designing frost-protected shallow foundations (FPSFs).

  • Cost-Saving Insulated Foundations

    Reduced excavation and forming time make ICFs a cost-effective way to build a frost-protected slab-on-grade or crawlspace.

  • How to Safely Frame a Roof on the Ground

    To eliminate the danger and discomfort of framing and shingling a roof, Lee McGinley takes the task to the ground.

  • Working With Roxul Insulation

    Choosing insulation for a high-performance home in Northern Vermont requires thought and care. The right choice can make a huge difference in both comfort and cost efficiency.

  • Replacing Hardwood Decking

    Production processes done in the shop minimized material handling at the site and allowed the job to move forward in the shop while rain drenched the site.

  • Heating with Panel Radiators

    These compact units provide the comfort and simplicity of baseboard radiators without gobbling up all the available wall space.

  • My First ICF Foundation

    Foam forms hold the promise of an easily built, energy-efficient foundation — but there is a learning curve. A builder shares his first experience.