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Other stories by Paul Bourke

  • Practical Details for an Energy-Efficient House

    A custom builder explains the simple steps he takes at the framing stage to create a tight, energy-efficient house.

  • Energy-Efficient Cathedral Ceilings

    It’s difficult to achieve a high R-value in a cathedral ceiling while preserving adequate roof ventilation. Here are four options for packing more insulation into the rafters, by an energy-conscious builder who has tried them all.

  • Cathedral Ceiling Solutions

    It’s tough to get the necessary insulation and ventilation into a compact sloped ceiling. Here’s what works best for contractors around the country.