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  • Q&A: How Rain Screens Work

    Q: I plan to install wood siding over a vented rain screen on a house in Seattle, where we get rain for long periods during the winter. My question is, how can the air cavity dry if the exterior relative humidity is 100 percent? Assuming the air cavity temperature is the same as the exterior...

  • Notebook

    House-eating fungus wreaking havoc in California; Sears abandons installed sales company; new Minnesota energy code; looking for a better low-flow toilet test

  • Notebook

    Temps helping to meet labor shortage; fixing up after Floyd; new study says cross-bridging helps stiffen floors; innovative foundation system requires no excavation; analysis of low-e paint; failing flex duct cover; elves slow development in Iceland

  • Floating Floor Options

    Floating floors offer some advantages over conventional hardwood strip flooring: They’re more dimensionally stable, come prefinished, and because they’re laminated, are available in wood species that would be cost-prohibitive in full-thickness flooring. Here’s a survey of what’s available.

  • By Design: Trusses vs. Rafters

    Designing roofs: stick-framed or trusses?

  • By Design: Infill Housing That Fits

    Infill housing — a stylish solution

  • By Design: Fitting a Staircase

    Fitting stairs into a small plan

  • Making a Flat Roof Work

    Designing a flat-roofed addition

  • Notebook

    Urban building boom under way, sick building study, EIFS manufacturer not liable for failures

  • By Design: A Fitting Addition

    Designing an addition that fits