High-Performance Building

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Designing & Testing Forced-Air Systems

Here are steps you can take to ensure proper sizing and installation of air-conditioning and forced-air heating. Included is a list of detailed specifications that will guarantee state-of-the-art performance. More

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Green Building For Profit

These builders switched from commercial construction to environmentally... More

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Resources

Read up on construction-quality standards More

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Fine-Tuning Forced-Hot Air

A heating contractor details how to upgrade from a typical bare-bones heating... More

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Notebook

International code finally a reality; housewrap performance; OSHA takes on repetitive stress; innovative temporary shelter More

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Making Sense of the Energy Code

The MEC provides three ways to comply: simple prescriptive rules, a “tradeoff” approach, and performance design. An energy consultant tells how to decide which method best fits your project. More

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Notebook

Cordless battery update, lumber price predictions, “green” building defined, geothermal heat pump rebates curtailed, job-site theft, storm shelters in tornado alley, algae-resistant shingles, residential silos More

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Successful Fireplaces in Tight Houses

Want to keep the fireplace from smoking your clients out of their living room? The... More

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Choosing Energy-Efficient Windows

Whether you’re trying to eliminate condensation in cold weather or solar gain in hot weather, or both, there’s a window that fits the bill. An energy expert makes sense out of the variety of glass coatings, edge spacers, and frame materials, and helps you choose the right window for your climate. More

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Notebook

Making the most of the construction boom, new joist bracing system, lumber price update, local codes limited in Florida More

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