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Building Science for the Rest of Us Building Science for the Rest of Us

7 basic principles to make homes safe, durable, and energy efficient

The Boat House
The Boat House

Housing is Back. Is it Better?
Housing is Back. Is it Better?

Here’s how the tough lessons of the collapse made us more-responsible builders

The Passive House Build, Part Three: Superinsulated Slab
The Passive House Build, Part Three: Superinsulated SlabOnline Membership Required

If you aren’t insulating the edge, you’re only doing half the job

A Small Addition Faces A Tougher Energy Code
A Small Addition Faces A Tougher Energy CodeOnline Membership Required

Energy regs on airtightness, insulation, and mechanical systems mean big changes—even for small buildings

The Passive House Build, Part Two: Air-Sealed Mudsill Assembly
The Passive House Build, Part Two: Air-Sealed Mudsill AssemblyOnline Membership Required

You only have one chance to get this critical detail perfect

The Passive House Build, Part One: Designed for Success
The Passive House Build, Part One: Designed for Success

One architect’s approach to designing a house to meet the country’s most stringent energy requirement

Ranch Transformed, Efficiency Achieved
Ranch Transformed, Efficiency AchievedOnline Membership Required

An architect rebuilds a midcentury wreck into a stylish, energy-smart home for $90 per sq. ft.

Seattle Net-Zero Home
Seattle Net-Zero Home

Best Energy Smart Home: A Higher Standard
Best Energy Smart Home: A Higher Standard

A practical design delivers a remarkably air-tight, super insulated home on a modest budget

Best New Home: Passive House Perfection
Best New Home: Passive House PerfectionOnline Membership Required

This compact farmhouse achieves home building’s highest performance standard without a shred of aesthetic compromise

Best Small Home: A Garden Cottage for Low-Impact Living
Best Small Home: A Garden Cottage for Low-Impact Living

This 800-sq.-ft. infill home was designed for its site and its owners’ lifestyle

Editor's Choice: Modern Masonry Farmhouse
Editor's Choice: Modern Masonry FarmhouseOnline Membership Required

A retirement house in keeping with its rural surroundings conjures old-world sensibilities in modern masonry

The Future of Housing in America
The Future of Housing in AmericaOnline Membership Required

Carter Scott is building and selling whole neighborhoods of affordable spec homes that produce more energy than they consume

The Rise of the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)
The Rise of the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)Online Membership Required

Backyard cottages and laneway houses have become increasingly popular in the Pacific Northwest. Will they work in your neighborhood?

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