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  • Filling Cavities: Retrofit Foam Update

    The dream of a quick and effective retrofit foam insulation did not die with the ban on ureaformaldehyde. We examine the new products available.

     
  • Getting the Kinks Out of High-Efficiency Furnaces

    Critics charge that many super-efficient furnaces hit the market without adequate testing. What bugs have turned up and how do the newest models fare? An industry insider brings us up to date.

     
  • Building Healthy Houses

    How an Indiana builder helps chemically sensitive clients avoid exposure to the more than 500 volatile chemicals found in today’s building materials.

     
  • Installing Factory-Built Fireplaces

    To deliver good performance, manufactured fireplace components must be installed as the system designers intended. Here’s a rundown of the key requirements.

     
  • Radiant Barriers - High Performance or Hype

    With their sudden popularity, the shiny sheets have spawned equal measures of marketing hype and scientific research. Here’s how the claims reckon with the facts.

     
  • Contractor Tips for Spray Cellulose

    Spray cellulose outperforms fiberglass, says this insulation contractor, but it takes extra care in the prep work. He lists item-by-item what needs attention.

     
  • Water Hazards & our Building's Health

    Few builders realize that they may be setting the stage for structure-threatening moisture problems. Four examples from the field show what to look out for.

     

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