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There’s more than one way to build a highly insulated, air-tight house—or to tighten up and super-insulate an existing home. Here’s a look at an evolving array of superinsulated details that don’t use spray foam.
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JLC executive editor Clayton DeKorne explores some practical solutions to prevent call backs and boost energy performance.
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