Coastal Building Resources
Daunting as the coastal climate can be, the home-building industry has the...
Green building guides
Q&A: Health Effects of Foam
Q: We typically build energy-efficient houses with 1-inch foil-faced polyisocyanurate foam on the interior of our walls. But more than one customer has questioned us about the potential health effects of the foam. Their concerns seem to stem from the outgasing of chemicals, more than the potential for the foam to burn. Are such concerns founded? What possible chemical hazards are present, and is there any evidence that these chemicals outgas at any substantial levels?
GUEST EDITORIAL: Green Building vs. Green Hype
Protecting Trees During Site Work
With existing trees on a new lot, it’s what you can’t see that counts most — the...
Q&A: Vapor Barrier vs. Exterior Air Barrier
Q: Puzzled by conflicting energy advice? We asked our panel experts to help out by...
Ten Tough Energy Questions
Puzzled by conflicting energy advice? We asked our panel experts to help out by summarizing the latest thinking on a number of thorny issues.
Window Technology Update
Today’s high-tech windows offer more options than ever. We examine which features are worth the investment.