Are you a subscriber but don’t have an online account?

Register for full online access.

 
 
 
 

More stories about Whole-House Systems

  • Repairing Fire Damage

    Assessing the damage and making repairs is challenging enough, but you've also got to get rid of that smell.

  • Timber-Frame Roofs for Great Rooms

    Classic mortise-and-tenon timber trusses add timeless appeal to open rooms without the expense of a whole-house frame. A timber framer tells how he coordinates the work with the builder.

  • Resources: Building Energy-Smart Homes

    Building energy-smart homes

  • Water-Managed Wall Systems

    No siding is waterproof, and windows can leak. So we need a backup system, and building scientist Joseph Lstiburek has the details.

  • Connecting to the Future

    Home wiring no longer means just phone and electric. From simple lighting controllers to whole-house integrated systems for data, security, and entertainment, the residential automation market is exploding with options.

  • Sizing Domestic Water Pipes

    A master plumber provides a step-by-step method for sizing water supply pipes, based on code and common sense.

  • Installing A Heat-Recovery Ventilator

    A ventilation contractor explains the ducting, sizing, wiring, and balancing that produce an effective HRV installation.

  • Q&A: Makeup Air for an Exhaust-Only Ventilation System

    Q: Q. I’m building a tight house with above-average attention to air sealing, and I plan to ventilate with a Panasonic exhaust fan running continuously. Will the cracks around windows and doors admit adequate makeup air, or do I need to provide wall vents

  • Resources

    Climate-specific building guides

  • Electrical Q&A for Remodelers

    A master electrician addresses questions and concerns about old and retrofit wiring on the typical remodeling site.