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Insulation and Weatherizing

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Six Proven Ways to Build Energy-Smart Walls Six Proven Ways to Build Energy-Smart Walls

Whether you build new homes or remodel, these alternative framing techniques will allow you to reach R-40 or better.

Making the Green-Building Dean's List

LEED for Homes is a new, comprehensive national certification program for green, energy-efficient homes. Builders who’ve tried it like it, but will it change the way houses are built?

Immersed in SIPs
Video: Immersed in SIPs

A tour of a SIP manufacturing facility reveals that efficiency begins on the factory floor

The Future of Framing Is Here
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The Future of Framing Is Here

Smarter strategies can save money, speed construction, improve energy efficiency, and cut down on job-site waste

A Watertight Second-Story PorchOnline Membership Required

With a rubber membrane and careful flashing, you can create an outdoor room above and shelter the living space below

Get Your Deck Off to a Good StartOnline Membership Required

Often overlooked and often regretted, the critical joint between your house and deck must hold fast and shed water

Q & A: Flashing cantilevered joists

Q & A: Wood exposed to weather

Wall-sheathing insulation stops
Tip: Wall-sheathing insulation stops

Energy-Saving DetailsOnline Membership Required

A demonstration house in Canada shows new approaches to energy-efficient, environmentally sensitive construction

A Builder's Screen Porch
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A Builder's Screen PorchOnline Membership Required

From a hip-framed floor that slopes in three directions to a coffered ceiling, a veteran carpenter builds his porch his way

Slowing down the cold
Tip: Slowing down the cold

Hurricane Warnings

Sifting through the wreckage of Hurricane Andrew to learn why some houses survived and some didn't

Framing a Cold RoofOnline Membership Required

Preventing roof leaks caused by ice damming

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