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The Ikea of Housing?
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The Ikea of Housing?

If Maura McCarthy is right, America's ready for net-zero, modular homes. More

Tis the Humidifier Season
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Tis the Humidifier Season

It's that time of year when folks reaching for moisturizers and lip balm want to... More

Let's Stop Using the Word 'Breathe' for Buildings
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Let's Stop Using the Word 'Breathe' for Buildings

The word "breathe" serves no useful purpose in the world of building science. More

Best Practice Housewrap and Window Flashing
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Best Practice Housewrap and Window Flashing Best Practice Housewrap and Window Flashing

Seen at JLC-Live: Peter Heard's Building Clinic on Installing Cedar Siding begins with a detailed discussion and step-by-step instruction on integrating housewrap and window flashing to prevent leaks and other moisture problems. More

Cold-Climate Zip Panels
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Cold-Climate Zip Panels

The new R-9 panels satisfy insulation requirements for cold climate zones. More

High-Performance Insulated Wall Retrofits
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High-Performance Insulated Wall Retrofits

Vapor-open assemblies correct durability and comfort problems while saving energy More

Sheathing Damage From Using Wide, Impermeable Flashing
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Sheathing Damage From Using Wide, Impermeable Flashing

In cold climates,wide, impermeable flashing can inhibit drying, leading to some... More

Testing House Tightness With a Duct Blaster
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Testing House Tightness With a Duct Blaster

Small duct-testing equipment can be re-purposed for whole house airtightness... More

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