Bill Eich

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Building a Frost-Protected Foundation for an Unheated Building

In a cold climate, combining rigid foam insulation with a well-compacted,... More

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Window Trim for Thick Walls

Thick energy-efficient walls call for special treatment of window jambs and trim. Whether the finish is stucco, drywall, or wood, these three builders have developed details that work. More

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Tight Cathedral Ceilings

Cathedral ceilings can cause insulation and ventilation headaches, and an occasional indoor rainstorm. A builder who’s tested several options describes workable solutions. More

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Shallow Foundations: Beating the Frost

An energy-conscious Iowa contractor tells how his switch to frost-protected shallow footings cut his foundation costs while maintaining quality and energy savings. More

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How To Survive and Prosper Building Low-Energy Homes

Is energy-efficient building a labor of love, or can you actually make a decent living at it? A dozen builders share insights into their successes and failures. More

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