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Working contractors and industry experts alike conducted seminars at this year’s Construction Business & Technology Conference. Here’s a sampling of the practical advice they shared with attendees.
Thermal bridging in steel studs
For decks and small additions, concrete piers are an affordable and sturdy alternative to footings and frostwalls. A veteran contractor shares tips and techniques on how to excavate, lay out, reinforce, and pour pier foundations with tube forms.
A porch roof diaphragm for lateral loads
Costs of meeting the Model Energy Code
Capturing the earth’s energy with underground heat-exchange loops can cut heating and cooling costs — if it’s done right. An hvac contractor tells what he’s learned from 15 years of installing geothermal heat pumps.
Drainage details, valley rafters, home inspectors disagree on ethics
A design/builder describes how his buildings take advantage of the best qualities of wood studs and steel joists.
A mason describes how a new breed of hybrid fireplaces delivers the quality of a traditional masonry unit at one-third the cost.
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