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  • Securing Soffits

    The eaves of a home can expose the structure to the ravages of wind-driven rain on two fronts: when soffits are blown out during a storm, and when winds of 90 mph or greater drive water through vented soffits. Effective December 2006, the Florida Building Code requires soffit systems to be able to...

  • Wetlands Done Right

    For coastal developers, the preservation of wetlands often seems like a hindrance to growth. But advances in the science of wetlands restoration and new environmental policy just may be able to find some common ground. Aaron Hoover looks at the issue of "compensatory mitigation" and the policy of...

  • Now You See It…

    Like many U.S. cities, Washington, D.C., is booming. But capital expansion comes at a price. The city's library system may abandon its Mies-designed headquarters. The site is ripe for redevelopment, and the building's future is unclear.

  • Transparent Technology

    The Kresge Foundation supports green building in a big way. The 82-year-old organization dispenses grants from its $3 billion in assets toward the capital campaigns of other nonprofits to advance the well-being of humanity.

  • Durable Decks

    Decks and porches on beach homes take the brunt of any storm. Add to that the homeowners' desire for low-maintenance finishes that stand the test of time even in a salt environment, and it's clear that builders have to be especially fussy about their deck materials choices and installation methods...

  • Native Landscaping for Coastal Homes

    Drawn to the coast for its natural beauty and wildlife, yet increasingly confronted by red tides, fish kills, and contaminated beaches, many coastal residents are deeply concerned about the environment. While they cannot single-handedly save the coast, a growing number are seeking out builders and...

  • Robust Walls

    Contributing R-3 to R-7.5 per inch, sheet foam is a handy way to boost a wall's total R-value without adding too much thickness. Rigid foam sheathing can also function well as a drainage plane to help keep wind-blown water out of walls, and it can act as both an air barrier and as a vapor barrier...

  • Architecture of Democracy

    American architecture embodies the ideals of democracy for which our revolution was fought and our Constitution created.

  • Box Office

    Rand Elliott rethinks the office box in Oklahoma City.

  • Zip-Tie Tek: The Ties that Bind

    By paying attention to his instincts, Ammar Eloueini now stands among the leaders of the digital design revolution, testing the limits of form and training the next generation of software-savvy designers.