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Self-Taught MBA: Know the Battlefield

Self-Taught MBA: Know the Battlefield

Strategic thinking is essential to success in any highly competitive activity, and the building business qualifies as one. This, the second in our three-part series on strategy, focuses on learning the contours of the real-estate marketplace, the builder's battlefield.

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Honda Builds an Experimental House

Honda Builds an Experimental House

The net-zero energy house in California includes many energy-efficiency features and comes with its own battery-powered car. Honda says it will give plans and specs away for free.

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Patricks Barn: An Inexpensive, Resource-Efficient Building

Patrick's Barn: An Inexpensive, Resource-Efficient Building

Fine Homebuilding associate editor Patrick McCombe describes the construction of an energy-efficient outbuilding he built for about $32,000.

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Ductless Minisplits for DIYers

Ductless Minisplits for DIYers

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An air-source heat pump powers this air-conditioning and heating unit designed for installation by homeowners.

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Why You Should Heat Your Home with an  Air-Source Heat Pump

Why You Should Heat Your Home with an Air-Source Heat Pump

In a presentation at NESEA's 2014 BuildingEnergy conference, Rick Nortz from Mitsubishi Electric explains why modern air-source heat pumps are poised to become the fastest growing segment of the US HVAC industry

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How to Install a Liquid-Applied Weather-Resistant Barrier

How to Install a Liquid-Applied Weather-Resistant Barrier

Ken Lynch & Joe Studer from Tremco Barrier Solutions demonstrate how to apply roll-on and brush-on alternatives to housewrap and flashing tape at NESEA's 2014 conference

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Infrared Cameras for Building Science and Home Performance

Infrared Cameras for Building Science and Home Performance

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Building-science consultant Flemming Lund explains how to use IR cameras to identify missing insulation, air leaks, water leaks, and more

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BuildingEnergy 2014: Stump the Energy Nerd

BuildingEnergy 2014: Stump the Energy Nerd

GreenBuildingAdvisor.com editor Martin Holladay takes questions from the audience at NESEA's annual energy-efficiency and solar-power conference

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How to Clean Fuzz Off of a New Paint Roller

How to Clean Fuzz Off of a New Paint Roller

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If you're rolling a nice, smooth finish onto a painted surface, you could take your chances that the fuzz from your brand-new roller doesn't end up in your paint, but there's a better way

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Demand for Existing Houses Falls

Demand for Existing Houses Falls

Citing government data, the National Association of Home Builders says new home sales are "effectively flat" and that sales of existing homes show a "significant decline."

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Planning a Major Upgrade? Consider New Siding

Planning a Major Upgrade? Consider New Siding

Remodeling magazine's annual cost vs. value study ranks projects by the proportion of money that can be recouped when reselling the property.

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New Admixture Will Eliminate Need for Air-Entrained Concrete

New Admixture Will Eliminate Need for Air-Entrained Concrete

The BASF Corp. unveils a liquid admixture for use in concrete exposed to freeze-thaw cycles. It will produce a mix that's as much as 30% stronger than air-entrained concrete.

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Build a Foolproof Jig For Cutting Laminate Countertops

Build a Foolproof Jig For Cutting Laminate Countertops

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If you're cutting a postform laminate countertop in the field, you could try freehanding the awkward cuts and hope you don't screw it up, but there's a better way.  

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NAHB Opposes Clean Water Act Expansion

NAHB Opposes Clean Water Act Expansion

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The building-industry trade group says new federal rules would require permits be issued for a greater number of projects and would lead to delays.

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Self-Taught MBA: Profiles in Good Business

Self-Taught MBA: Profiles in Good Business

Profiles of building enterprises that provide valuable insights. Unique business strategies that work for them, and may work for you.

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How to Lay Out an Accurate Ellipse with a Stick, Two Nails, and a Pencil

How to Lay Out an Accurate Ellipse with a Stick, Two Nails, and a Pencil

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If you need to make an elliptical backing for a cove or arch, you could look at the 15 ways Wikipedia shows how to do it and risk your head exploding, but there's a better way.

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The Making of a Hobbit-House Door

The Making of a Hobbit-House Door

This one-of-a-kind custom door was inspired by a creative couple's love of Art Nouveau and elfin details

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Lawsuits Against Azek Decking are Consolidated

Lawsuits Against Azek Decking are Consolidated

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Complaints from Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Illinois claim Azek PVC decking is defective. The lawsuits have now been consolidated in a New Jersey court.

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This House Is Assembled With a Screw Driver

This House Is Assembled With a Screw Driver

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A French design firm develops a prototype for a 1615-sq.-ft. house built from blocks of foam insulation and laminated-veneer lumber.

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The Risks of Building Green

The Risks of Building Green

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Contractors who make sustainable building their focus face a variety of business risks that mainstream builders don't have.

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