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Vapor Control in Cold Climates

Do the vapor barrier requirements in the IRC contradict the code's insulation... More

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Code-Built vs. Zero Energy Ready

In her latest post on the Queen of Zero project, Nicole Tysvaer examines what it... More

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Practical Ventilation for a Warm, Humid Climate

A builder in coastal North Carolina describes the strategies and equipment he uses... More

Right-Sizing Deck Beams

Mike Guertin breaks down how to read the new code tables and adjustments for... More

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Sleuthing Out Moisture

Zeroing in on the causes of elevated moisture in buildings More

What to Expect for Decks in the 2024 IRC

Glenn Mathewson breaks down coming changes to the deck code in the next edition of... More

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Looking Ahead to the 2024 IRC

Glenn Matheson previews upcoming changes to the model residential building code,... More

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Installation Considerations for Indoor/Outdoor Fireplaces

Fireplaces enjoyed indoors and out are a desirable amenity. Here's how to install... More

Right-Sizing Deck Joists

Mike Guertin deciphers the ‘Maximum Deck Joist Span’ table in the 2021 IRC. More

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