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  • Getting Started in Infrared Thermography

    During the late 1970s and early 1980s, I supervised residential insulation projects in central Vermont while working with a couple of regional agencies.

  • Tightening A House Shell From The Outside

    Our construction company recently completed a major remodel and energy retrofit of a split-level home in northern Vermont.

  • Net Zero House for a Cold Climate

    An architect shares his plan and process for building a northern Vermont house that produces as much energy as it consumes.

  • Letters

    Photos prove the point; flashing, not caulk; shimming jamb extensions; energy code follow-up

  • Q&A: Various Shallow Foundation for Flat Site

    Q. I have a client who wants me to build a 30x40-foot unheated barn-garage with a slab floor. The area where the building will sit is very flat, with no lower terrain nearby, so it's not feasible to build a typical 4-foot stem wall with a daylight drain. Frost depth is 48 inches around here...

  • Trade Talk: Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters

    Arc-fault circuit interrupters

  • Raising an Eyebrow Dormer

    Here’s a simple on-site method for laying out and cutting this curved roof pop-up.

  • Building A Custom Sunroom

    A sunroom specialist shows how to frame, glaze, and flash a durable, elegant solar addition.

  • Q&A: Protecting Eyes from Lead and Asbestos Dust

    Q: I do a lot of renovation work in old homes, and the work includes a lot of demolition. I am very concerned about health hazards from lead-based paint and asbestos. I make it a practice of wearing the best respirator I can find. Unfortunately, every type of eye goggles I have tried fogs up when...

  • Rebuilding an Old Attic Space

    This old farmhouse attic was under-built and out of level. Using sistered rafters and an ingenious sleeper system, a Vermont contractor solved the structural problems without busting the budget.