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More stories about High-Performance Building

  • Making Sense of the Energy Code

    The MEC provides three ways to comply: simple prescriptive rules, a “tradeoff” approach, and performance design. An energy consultant tells how to decide which method best fits your project.

  • Notebook

    Cordless battery update, lumber price predictions, “green” building defined, geothermal heat pump rebates curtailed, job-site theft, storm shelters in tornado alley, algae-resistant shingles, residential silos

  • Successful Fireplaces in Tight Houses

    Want to keep the fireplace from smoking your clients out of their living room? The answer lies in building a straight flue, locating the chimney in the center of the house, and controlling air pressure with makeup air.

  • Choosing Energy-Efficient Windows

    Whether you’re trying to eliminate condensation in cold weather or solar gain in hot weather, or both, there’s a window that fits the bill. An energy expert makes sense out of the variety of glass coatings, edge spacers, and frame materials, and helps you choose the right window for your climate.

  • Choosing High-Performance Caulks

    Confused by the competing claims of manufacturers? Here’s a guide to help you select the right caulk for tough jobs.

  • Notebook

    Making the most of the construction boom, new joist bracing system, lumber price update, local codes limited in Florida

  • Letters

    Implied warranties, utility defends energy program

  • Notebook

    Coping with swings in lumber prices, back supports cut injuries, spray foam insulation outperforms fiberglass in extreme cold

  • Energy-Efficient Cathedral Ceilings

    It’s difficult to achieve a high R-value in a cathedral ceiling while preserving adequate roof ventilation. Here are four options for packing more insulation into the rafters, by an energy-conscious builder who has tried them all.

  • Building With Style: Is Manufactured Housing in Your Future?

    Sprucing up factory-built house designs