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Analysis Sees Little Benefit in Off-Grid Economics

Analysis Sees Little Benefit in Off-Grid Economics

A new report finds that even with cheaper solar panels and more battery options, leaving the grid probably doesn't make sense.

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A Proper Daybed

A Proper Daybed

A perfect place for an afternoon nap

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Passivhaus Institut Rewrites Certification Standards

Passivhaus Institut Rewrites Certification Standards

The German-based organization has introduced two new levels of compliance as it seeks to incorporate renewable energy into the mix.

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Building Group Claims Cost of Silica Rule Vastly Understated

Building Group Claims Cost of Silica Rule Vastly Understated

A coalition of construction trade groups says the government is way off base in its predictions of how much a proposed rule on exposure to crystalline silica will really cost

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Suburban Sprawl Costs a Bundle

Suburban Sprawl Costs a Bundle

A new report pegs the cost of sprawl at $1 trillion a year in increased per capita land use and higher transportation costs

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Leicester House

Leicester House

The Lecicester home is a modern and minimal example of architectural brilliance. The home is placed perfectly amongst its wide-open surroundings. Another reason the home blends in so well with the lush greenery around it is wood paneling, the same color as the tree trunks surrounding the home.

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Simple, Quiet and Serene

Simple, Quiet and Serene

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Here's a lovely place to contemplate a journal entry, the next great American novel​ or even the meaning of life itself. And those things do not require an expensive, fancy or complicated space. Henry David Thoreau wrote great material even from his tiny, rustic cabin on Walden Pond. This little meditation/writing nook in a farmhouse in Maine seems to illustrate a quote by Thoreau that I like to remember: "A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone...". Sometimes it is important to remember that less really can be more more....

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Custom Sanding Block for Perfect Coped Joints

Custom Sanding Block for Perfect Coped Joints

If you're coping baseboard and your cut is not perfect, you could use a rasp or knife to try and improve the fit, but there's a better way.

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How to Install an Electrical Outlet Box

How to Install an Electrical Outlet Box

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A quick-and-easy way to install electrical outlet boxes

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FastenMaster: FUSIONLoc

FastenMaster: FUSIONLoc

FastenMaster introduces us to the new collated hidden deck-fastening system, FUSIONLoc.

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Spring Kitchen

Spring Kitchen

An elegant kitchen provides intimate spaces.

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Monitoring Air Quality at Home

Monitoring Air Quality at Home

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Devices that can track particulates and other air pollutants at home are beginning to find their way to market.

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Update on Boschs New Finger-Saving Portable Saw

Update on Bosch's New Finger-Saving Portable Saw

I got a chance to check out Bosch's new finger-saving tablesaw at JLC Live.

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Video: Bosch Reaxx Finger-Saving Tablesaw Demonstration

Video: Bosch Reaxx Finger-Saving Tablesaw Demonstration

Bosch's system is triggered by touching the blade like SawStop's, but it doesn't destroy the blade when it's activated.

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Ecoshel Smart-Shingle System

Ecoshel Smart-Shingle System

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Collated cedar shingle panel speeds installation and has a built-in drainage gap

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Mosely Infinity Level System - Very impressive

Mosely Infinity Level System - Very impressive

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A game-changing level system goes high-function with multiple ways to interconnect and use in a variety of ways.

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An Unexpected Spectator

An Unexpected Spectator

When shooting the beautiful details of this modern style home, I zoomed in a found a furry observer!

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From The Observation Tower

From The Observation Tower

This spectacular modernist house was designed by architect Wallace Harrison for Nelson Rockefeller and built on a dramatic ledge near Bar Harbor. Harrison was involved in the design of many large scale and well known modern buildings such as the United Nations, Lincoln Center and even Rockefeller Center. Harrison was used to thinking big, not only in size but also in concept. This house is an example of that thinking and is primarily a great, dramatic curve with a lighthouse-like tower in the center. At the top of the tower this small circular observation deck offers sweeping views of the shoreline and ocean. Since this was the first modern house I had the opportunity to photograph, it was an important experience for me and expanded my awareness of architectural styles. Even though it stands out as a rarity in Maine’s largely traditional architectural heritage, it seems appropriate to include this as one of Maine’s great houses.

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Chinese Drywall Maker Coughs up Tardy Payments

Chinese Drywall Maker Coughs up Tardy Payments

Five years after a state-owned company was ordered to pay for damages, the company resurfaces with money for some plaintiffs.

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Boschs New Finger-Saving Portable Saw

Bosch's New Finger-Saving Portable Saw

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Bosch has introduced a tablesaw to compete with SawStop's job-site portable.

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