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Get 50% Off Admission to West Coast Green 2010

Get 50% Off Admission to West Coast Green 2010

We've been asked to offer a great deal on tickets to the world's leading interactive conference on green innovation for the built environment.

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Podcast: Liability and Lead-Safe Remodeling -- Insurance, Anyone?

Podcast: Liability and Lead-Safe Remodeling -- Insurance, Anyone?

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In this episode we’ll finish up our  our series on lead paint. In the first two episodes of this three-part series we talked about tools, OSHA,  and costs. In this episode we talk...

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Podcast: The New Cost of Lead-Safe Remodeling

Podcast: The New Cost of Lead-Safe Remodeling

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Welcome back to the Lunch Pail Podcast series. In this epidode, we continue our series on lead paint. Last episode, we talked about tools; now we'll talk about costs. In the next, and final, episode...

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Podcast: Lead-Safe Remodeling Tools and Equipment

Podcast: Lead-Safe Remodeling Tools and Equipment

Welcome back to Fine Homebuilding’s lunchpail podcast. We’ve been on a bit of a vacation lately and we’re back now. This week we’ll begin a series on lead paint and the new...

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Whats the Best Way to Control Indoor-Air Quality and Humidity in a House?

What's the Best Way to Control Indoor-Air Quality and Humidity in a House?

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The tighter the house, the greater the need for whole-house ventilation. But what system would work best for your house?

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Is Formaldehyde-Foam Insulation Safe?

Is Formaldehyde-Foam Insulation Safe?

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When high-performance builders talk about spray-foam insulation, they’re typically talking about polyurethane. But it turns out there’s more than one kind of spray foam used in...

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Green Building is for Whiners and Hippies

Green Building is for Whiners and Hippies

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Scott Adams (the creator of Dilbert) and the Wall Street Journal take aim at green building.

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Q&A Spotlight: Getting a Fair Shake on a Green House

Q&A Spotlight: Getting a Fair Shake on a Green House

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Many people are having trouble getting loans to build better houses because appraisers and lenders won't put real value on energy efficiency and durability.

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A Conversation with Marianne Cusato

A Conversation with Marianne Cusato

The designer of one of the iconic Katrina Cottages talks to Fine Homebuilding about the housing crisis, the way cities evolve, green building, and working for peanuts

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How to Install Vertical Siding over Rigid Foam Insulation?

How to Install Vertical Siding over Rigid Foam Insulation?

Board and batten siding is a popular choice, but how do you install it over foam sheathing? Do you use extra long screws, furring strips, or both?

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Water Crisis: What is Virtual Water Content?

Water Crisis: What is Virtual Water Content?

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Virtual water content describes the amount of water used to make or grow a product. By being aware of a product or material’s virtual water content you can refine your purchasing decisions to be sure you’re buying products and materials that are created using less water.

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Vapor Barriers Are a Good Thing, Right?

Vapor Barriers Are a Good Thing, Right?

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Builders once routinely stapled up sheets of polyethylene plastic on interior walls before the drywall went up to stop the flow of moisture-laden air into exterior walls. With moisture stopped in its...

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The Goldilocks Approach to Tight Houses: Is There A 'Just-Right' For Leakiness?

Many say "Tight houses need to breathe." To which, tight house advocates say "Where should I poke the hole, and how big should it be?"

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Q&A Spotlight: Can Solar Heat Be Stored for Next Winter?

Q&A Spotlight: Can Solar Heat Be Stored for Next Winter?

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Solar collectors crank out plenty of hot water during the summer, and can even make some contribution to space heating in winter. But conventional solar systems can’t store enough heat to make...

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Carpenter quits job, builds himself a tropical island

Carpenter quits job, builds himself a tropical island

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Who hasn't dreamed of giving up the 9-to-five and escaping to a tropical island to while away the days until the bank account ran dry? Well, carpenter Richie Sowa is one who made the move and is...

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