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  • Simple Recessed Medicine Cabinet Details

    None of these details are super tricky but they require a good team of craftsman to ensure this simple detail doesn't look sloppy when it's completed.

  • Fleeing from Fire

    It's the stuff movies are are made of:  With only seconds to spare, a firefighter reaches project foreman Curtis Reissig, before a section of a blazing building collapses.

  • Have Strict Building Codes Saved Chile?

    Strict building codes and the preparedness of millions of Chileans have been credited with the low death toll after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake rumbled off the coast of northern Chile this week.

  • Renting the Sun

    For a very minimal down payment, I will have a low fixed price per kWh for the next 20 years—basically renting the sun.

  • Warming up to Energy-Efficient Building

    Savvy builders embrace the changes that will make their houses perform better and be more durable.

  • A Tale of Two Hazards

    There are no clear policies for the two biggest IAQ hazards - carbon monoxide and radon.

  • Gray Water's Time in the Sun

    As the California drought grinds on, renewed interest in using grey water heats up.

  • Slow Progress on HVAC Efficiency Standards

    Why are we still living with the same AFUE and SEER ratings we've had since the 80s? HVACR distributors and natural gas lobbyists have been worried about the fall out.

  • Paint Emergency: Water Damage Repair

    Without doubt, water damage repair of ceilings are the most popular paint emergency call we receive at Topcoat.

  • 'Roofmelt' is Not an Answer

    We know that, right? It's frightening anyone would say that calcium chloride tablets will solve ice dam problems.