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Lstiburek on Permanent Wood Foundations

New materials and expertise make it possible to build trouble-free full basements,... More

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Log Cabin Envelope Makeover

How a New England contractor replaced a deteriorating log exterior with a new,... More

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Latent Heat, Sensible Heat, and Cooling Loads

How does latent heat differ from sensible heat, and how does it affect the design... More

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Conditioned And Unconditioned Unvented Attics

Joe Lstiburek says that the key to unvented attic and roof assemblies is to... More

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Continuous Insulation: Problems and Solutions

To avoid callbacks when making the move to exterior foam insulation, address water... More

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Concrete Solutions

The absolute easiest slab-on-grade foundation to insulate is a stem wall ...... More

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The Strength of Wood

A guide to the mechanical properties of wood that engineers use to evaluate it as... More

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High-Performance Crawlspace Foundations

A concrete slab improves the performance of an unvented crawlspace, but you still... More

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Dense-Packing Unvented Roofs

A weatherization expert explains how to successfully insulate an unvented roof... More

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10 Common (and DUMB) Building Practices

In this Build Show episode, Matt Risinger walks some job sites looking for common building mistakes made by contractors and their crews - do you recognize any of them? More

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