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More stories about Ceilings

  • Fypon Mesa Beam

    This polyurethane beam sports a woodgrain texture and comes pre-primed. Useful for both interior and exterior applications, the beam's hollow core ensures that it's lightweight, too.

  • Buried and Encapsulated Ducts

    Encapsulating ducts with at least 1 1/2 inches of closed-cell spray foam substantially improves HVAC performance in all U.S. climate zones. Burying the encapsulated ducts in loose-fill attic insulation improves performance even more.

  • Working With Large Beams

    Tips for planning and equipment that will make working with large glulam or other engineered beams easier and faster.

  • Building Above-Code Walls

    Four design/build teams solve the puzzle of high-performance wall construction—in four different ways.

  • Building Above-Code Walls - Belfast, Maine, Cohousing Units

    Four design/build teams solve the puzzle of high-performance wall construction—in four different ways.

  • Building Above-Code Walls - Maine Single-Family Home

    The wall system shown here is an improved version of the system I used for the house I built in Knox, Maine, in 2011.

  • Building Above-Code Walls - "Avalon" a Connecticut Farmhouse

    Our wall example is part of a zero-energy single-family house built for the tenant farmer of an organic farm in rural Connecticut.

  • Building Above-Code Walls - Norwich, Vermont Single-Family Home

    Our challenge was to realize the owners distinctive artistic vision for their home, along with their very ambitious energy-efficiency goals, while also working within the hard limits of the budget.

  • Thermal Imaging With a Blower Door

    Though it's impossible to seal every hole in an existing building to prevent air leaks, here's a procedure you can use to identify the worst leaks in order to tighten the home as cost-effectively as possible.

  • PVC Ceiling

    Zip-Up Ceiling offers a quick way to finish a basement ceiling: Install trim around the perimeter, then infill with paintable PVC panels and hidden rails that can be unzipped later for cleaning and overhead access.