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Self-Taught MBA: Should you Embrace New Urbanism?

Self-Taught MBA: Should you Embrace New Urbanism?

The movement is all around--and likely being built in your neighborhood--but what impact does New Urbanism really have on real-estate values and sales? We explore the subject with Steve Mouzon.

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Cantilevered Balcony Safety

Cantilevered Balcony Safety

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Recently, a cantilevered balcony collapsed in Berkeley, Calif., killing six people. The evident reason was wood rot, caused either by poor initial construction or by a lack of maintenance. An article...

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California Construction Execs Off to Jail

California Construction Execs Off to Jail

They will spend two years in prison in connection with the death of a day laborer who was killed when an excavation collapsed

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Apple Drops Nest Thermostats

Apple Drops Nest Thermostats

The decision signals more competition in the market for smart-home products, and may be good news of rival ecobee

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How to Cut a Hole in the Center of a Tile

How to Cut a Hole in the Center of a Tile

A common occurrence when tiling around an electrical outlet, cutting a hole in the center of a tile is easy to do by carefully plunging the blade of the tile saw through both the front and back of a tile.

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475 Building Supply Releases a Third e-Book

475 Building Supply Releases a Third e-Book

This guide details high-performance 2x framing with an emphasis on air-tightness and foam-free assemblies

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A Custom Step Stool For a Kids Bathroom

A Custom Step Stool For a Kid's Bathroom

When you are five years old and you can't quite see in your bathroom mirror yet, having a built-in step stool comes in very handy!

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Desert Magic

Desert Magic

This home opens up in the cool desert evening.

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Canada Launches a Net-Zero Project

Canada Launches a Net-Zero Project

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Builders in four provinces independently search for the best route to affordable net-zero construction and come up with surprisingly similar answers

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Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead

This home in Waleska, Georgia feels like a tree house with building projections hanging in space high over the steep lot below.

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Passive House Network Conference Set

Passive House Network Conference Set

Speakers will discuss a variety of building types for different climate zones

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PHIUS Sets Annual Conference

PHIUS Sets Annual Conference

This year's PHIUS conference is in Chicago on Sept. 11 and 12

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Sierra Clubs Anti-Coal Campaign Hits a Landmark

Sierra Club's Anti-Coal Campaign Hits a Landmark

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The environmental advocacy group claims its 200th coal-plant closure under its Beyond Coal campaign

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Summertime... And The Livin Is Easy

Summertime... And The Livin' Is Easy

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What's better than relaxing by the sea and enjoying a summer day? This deck, cantilevered off the side of a remodeled cottage in Sorrento, Maine has the right stuff to do just that. The views overlooking Mount Desert Island in the distance provide the right background for this perfect little deck. Design by Priestly Associates, Architects of Rockport, Maine.

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Things That Save Energy

Things That Save Energy

Stricter building codes help, but vehicle fuel-economy standards accounted for the most energy savings in calendar 2014.

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Key Ring Makes a Cut Bucket More Comfortable

Key Ring Makes a Cut Bucket More Comfortable

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Learn how to outfit your cut bucket for a more comfortable grip while painting

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New Life for Old Decks

New Life for Old Decks

If your deck is in need of a face lift, there are new superthick coatings that can help.

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A staircase opens up a home

A staircase opens up a home

Stairs provide a glimpse into many levels

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Six Questions to Ask Before Buying a House Plan

Six Questions to Ask Before Buying a House Plan

House plans are an inexpensive way to get a great home design. But you need to do your homework first.

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The Beach House

The Beach House

This beachfront home is designed with a strong impact window that accentuates the stunning views with the beauty of a wood interior finish.

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