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  • Fiberglass, Mineral Wool & Your Health

    Fiberglass-batt installers probably face no cancer risks, but the answers are less clear for insulation blowers. Although there are still no definitive answers, this review of the research yields a few clues.

     
  • High Performance Wall Systems

    How can you get top energy performance without blowing the budget? Several builders reveal their latest answers to this perennial question.

     
  • Home-Grown Imports

    In Scandinavia, high-quality factory-built housing dominates the market. Now U.S.-based entrepreneurs hope to duplicate the magic here.

     
  • How Durable Is Fire-Retardant-Treated Plywood?

    Industry task groups are scurrying to explain why FRT plywood failed on a number of roofs. Researchers offer some plausible explanations.

     
  • How Two Guys in Two Weeks Build Custom Shells

    Two framing subcontractors give a detailed look at the tools and tactics they use to get top quality at maximum speed.

     
  • Hybrid Timber Frames

    You can successfully mix timber-framing into your stick-built houses if you pay attention to the structural principles outlined here.

     
  • Out on a Limb With Cantilevers

    There ’s an architectural appeal to defying gravity. But don’t overlook potential problems with excessive shear and extra bounce.

     
  • Stress-Skin Homes Move Mainstream

    Frameless foam-panel construction is carving a solid niche in the custom-home market.Here ’s an update on the players and technologies.

     

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