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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.
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
Tips for planning and equipment that will make working with large glulam or other engineered beams easier and faster.
Four design/build teams solve the puzzle of high-performance wall construction—in four different ways.
The wall system shown here is an improved version of the system I used for the house I built in Knox, Maine, in 2011.
Our wall example is part of a zero-energy single-family house built for the tenant farmer of an organic farm in rural Connecticut.
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.
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.
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.
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