San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA

Steve's Multifunction Workbench

Cost-effective and easily made, this portable work top will boost your... More

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Gray Water's Time in the Sun

As the California drought grinds on, renewed interest in using grey water heats up. More

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Mega-Builders Consolidate As Recovery Takes Hold

High-profile acquisitions indicate growing financial strength among the nation’s biggest production homebuilders.With the homebuilding rebound two years old, the nation’s biggest builders are strengthening their grip on supplies of developed land. More

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Chinese Real-Estate Investors On A San Francisco Buying Spree

In dense-packed San Francisco, investors from China are having an effect on the real estate market. More

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Los Angeles Ponders “Soft Story” Earthquake Retrofit Requirement

Los Angeles may follow San Francisco’s lead, requiring owners of apartment buildings to reinforce first floor structures. More

Innovative Aluminum Railing System

These metal railings can be paired with wood posts and used with a range of infill... More

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Building a Simple Passive House

In September 2009 I completed a deep energy retrofit on a small house in Point... More

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Don't forget insulation; thermal solar storage; time-saving sidewall detail More

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IRC adopts residential-sprinkler requirement; Long Island town imposes energy-efficiency standards; new homes shrinking; more More

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