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  • 115 Years of American Homes

    My how far we've come. Timeline explores the milestones in the evolution of American housing.

     
  • Practical Solution for Curbing Silica Dust

    Protecting workers from silica in masonry materials just takes a little common sense. So what's with the OSHA rule delay?

     
  • Is Weatherization Worth It?

    A new study says Michigan’s low-income weatherization program cost more than it saved. But critics question the study's methods.

     
  • Concrete Decks for Coastal Homes

    North Carolina custom builder Thomas Dugan provides a detailed look at the process of building a concrete outdoor deck with steel columns, steel I-beams, and the Versa-Dek steel pan system.

     
  • New High-Wind Construction Guides Released

    The latest update of the American Wood Council’s high-wind framing cookbooks serve as a handy guide for builders in states that are already using the 2012 edition of the International codes.

     
  • Hamptons Homeowners Fight to Squelch “Truck Beach” Revels

    On New York’s Long Island shores, beaches can be a high-value amenity. But they can also be a source of trouble.

     
  • What a Shipwright Can Teach Us

    Whether you frame or trim, every carpenter can learn a lot from master shipwright Louis Sauzedde.

     
  • Seven Life-Threatening Building Failures

    BUILDER's round-up of the more notable building failures of the past few years with seven cautionary tales.

     
  • California Drought: What Does It Mean for Builders?

    California builders see risk and opportunity in the state’s response to a critical water shortage.

     
  • Cracking the Labor Code

    Builders can take steps to secure labor in the short term, but ultimately a broader solution is needed to solve the labor riddle for the long run.

     
  • Jersey Flood Zone Rule Change Ruffles Feathers

    State officials say their rewrite of flood zone rules makes life easier, but critics see a conflict with federal regulations.

     
  • A Maine Peninsula Gets Battery Backup

    Boothbay, Maine, is the showcase for a new approach to meeting an occasional high-demand day: municipal-scale battery backup.

     
  • Tough Talk on Flood from Departing FEMA Exec

    Brad Kieserman, leaving as boss of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program after just a few months on the job, told a Congressional committee that the program needs a major overhaul.

     
  • Clear as Mud: New EPA Rule Roils the Waters

    The newly released EPA Clean Water Act implementation rule clarifying the government’s reach over “waters of the United States” is spurring a political backlash, and a likely wave of lawsuits. Also, it’s confusing.

     
  • Moving a Lighthouse? No Big Deal

    Moving a lighthouse a few hundred feet is all in a day’s work for house mover Jerry Matyiko.

     
  • How Will You Meet Code for Air Sealing and Duct Leakage?

    A relatively new BPI certification helps builders meet the stringent, new IECC requirements for air infiltration and duct leakage.

     
  • Fluid-Applied Tyvek

    Remember when “Tyvek” meant “housewrap”? With DuPont’s entry into the world of fluid-applied air barrier and drainage plane membranes, Tyvek has started to mean more

     
  • New York State: No Grade Stamp Needed

    Code authorities in New York State have endorsed a New York amendment to the International Code that will allow builders in the state to use locally sawn lumber that does not have an agency grade stamp.

     
  • Code Savvy

    A veritable professor of building codes, Glenn Mathewson, provides free online code training at Building Code College. Each one's like a free JLC-Live conference session.

     
  • True Classic: Raking Cornice

    Every carpenter wants to dive in and make the sawdust fly. But without slowing down to get the design right first, even great joinery skills can't save a project from failure.