Copyright (c) 2014 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - "The Deans Of Green" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "The Deans Of Green" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/deans-of-green Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:49:07 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "The Deans Of Green" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "The Deans Of Green" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/deans-of-green <![CDATA[Small Pond ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:26:44 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36817/small-pond http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36817/small-pond Small Pond Posted by MChandler
It was one of those homes that always made me smile, a homestead done right behind a reflecting pond. A modest stone-wrapped cabin with an old tin roof set in a lawn studded with fruit trees. And then the phone rang and I was being asked about a whole house remodel. The potential to screw this up was huge, the budget was so small the building inspectors actually giggled when I told them. An 1850 era log cabin that had been moved to this site in 1900 and added on to subsided into the muck for 50 years and been "stabilized" at 8" out of level in twelve feet. It had been wrapped in asbestos (surprise!)then cedar and then added onto again and again. It had snakes in the crawl and bats in the attic. But it was the heart and soul of this community and an opportunity to do right(and get paid)and have fun doing it. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Vapor Barriers Are a Good Thing, Right?]]> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 15:21:09 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13163/vapor-barriers-are-a-good-thing-right http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13163/vapor-barriers-are-a-good-thing-right Vapor Barriers Are a Good Thing, Right? Posted by FHBdotcom
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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<![CDATA[The Goldilocks Approach to Tight Houses: Is There A 'Just-Right' For Leakiness?]]> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 14:27:57 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13136/the-goldilocks-approach-to-tight-houses-is-there-a-just-right-for-leakiness http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13136/the-goldilocks-approach-to-tight-houses-is-there-a-just-right-for-leakiness FHBdotcom
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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<![CDATA[Q&A Spotlight: Can Solar Heat Be Stored for Next Winter?]]> Fri, 06 Aug 2010 12:39:05 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13098/qa-spotlight-can-solar-heat-be-stored-for-next-winter http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13098/qa-spotlight-can-solar-heat-be-stored-for-next-winter Q&A Spotlight: Can Solar Heat Be Stored for Next Winter? Posted by FHBdotcom
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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<![CDATA[Q&A Spotlight: How Do I Choose the Best Energy-Efficient Window?]]> Tue, 27 Jul 2010 16:37:08 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13058/qa-spotlight-how-do-i-choose-the-best-energy-efficient-window http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13058/qa-spotlight-how-do-i-choose-the-best-energy-efficient-window Q&A Spotlight: How Do I Choose the Best Energy-Efficient Window? Posted by FHBdotcom
There was a time when opening, closing, and letting in light was all that any good window had to do. Nowadays, windows are anything but simple. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Q&A Spotlight: How Green Are Tankless Water Heaters?]]> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:47:45 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13027/qa-spotlight-how-green-are-tankless-water-heaters http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13027/qa-spotlight-how-green-are-tankless-water-heaters Q&A Spotlight: How Green Are Tankless Water Heaters? Posted by FHBdotcom
If your super-efficient tankless system gives you an endless supply of hot water, you might actually be more likely to waste energy and water. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Does Rigid Foam Insulation Trap Moisture in the Walls?]]> Thu, 24 Jun 2010 16:37:04 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12886/does-rigid-foam-insulation-trap-moisture-in-the-walls http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12886/does-rigid-foam-insulation-trap-moisture-in-the-walls Does Rigid Foam Insulation Trap Moisture in the Walls? Posted by FHBdotcom
You can seriously cut your home's demand for energy by adding rigid insulation, but will wrapping your home with foam cause the walls to rot? ]]>
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<![CDATA[Flushing Out the Ultra Water-Efficient Stealth Toilet]]> Tue, 25 May 2010 11:18:48 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12430/flushing-out-the-ultra-water-efficient-stealth-toilet http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12430/flushing-out-the-ultra-water-efficient-stealth-toilet Flushing Out the Ultra Water-Efficient Stealth Toilet Posted by AlexWilson
New vacuum-assist flush technology creates a super-quiet toilet that uses very little water. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Estimating an Energy Efficiency Upgrade From Your Desktop Computer]]> Thu, 20 May 2010 10:58:29 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12355/estimating-an-energy-efficiency-upgrade-from-your-desktop-computer http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12355/estimating-an-energy-efficiency-upgrade-from-your-desktop-computer Estimating an Energy Efficiency Upgrade From Your Desktop Computer Posted by TimSnyder
A session at the 2010 NAHB showcased a new web-based software can help you price out an energy retrofit without leaving your desktop ]]>
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<![CDATA[¡Viva Verde!]]> Thu, 13 May 2010 20:36:28 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12294/viva-verde http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12294/viva-verde ¡Viva Verde! Posted by FPR
For green building to survive it has to become bilingual. ]]>
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<![CDATA[10 Ways to Cut Utility Bills]]> Mon, 19 Apr 2010 21:48:05 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12059/10-ways-to-cut-utility-bills http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12059/10-ways-to-cut-utility-bills 10 Ways to Cut Utility Bills Posted by Martin_Holladay
Modeled on the ‘food pyramid,’ the conservation pyramid provides a step-by-step guide for energy retrofit work ]]>
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<![CDATA[Green Building Myth #1: It's More Expensive]]> Thu, 08 Apr 2010 15:52:36 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11613/green-building-myth-1-its-more-expensive http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11613/green-building-myth-1-its-more-expensive Green Building Myth #1: It's More Expensive Posted by AlexWilson
The first of a multi-part myth-busting series. Simple strategies for building green can cost no more than regular building; many actually reduce costs. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Understanding R-Value]]> Thu, 08 Apr 2010 15:48:20 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11793/understanding-r-value http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11793/understanding-r-value Understanding R-Value Posted by Martin_Holladay
R-value measures heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Is the EnergyStar Program Flawed?]]> Fri, 26 Mar 2010 08:45:58 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11637/is-the-energystar-program-flawed http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11637/is-the-energystar-program-flawed Is the EnergyStar Program Flawed? Posted by RYagid
According to recent news reports, the EnergyStar program may not be as diligent as it should be when it comes to vetting products. ]]>
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<![CDATA[What a damp basement can do to brick]]> Tue, 23 Mar 2010 10:20:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11622/what-a-damp-basement-can-do-to-brick http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11622/what-a-damp-basement-can-do-to-brick What a damp basement can do to brick Posted by Cermides
Some science-savy builders help an editor understand what's causing the base of an old chimney to deteriorate. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Sustainable Energy Conference Comes to Boston]]> Wed, 10 Mar 2010 12:31:31 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11524/sustainable-energy-conference-comes-to-boston http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11524/sustainable-energy-conference-comes-to-boston Sustainable Energy Conference Comes to Boston Posted by Kevini
Over 150 exhibitors and plenty of workshops are keeping our editor-at-large busy, entertained, and enlightened. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Air Conditioning Basics]]> Fri, 26 Feb 2010 13:16:26 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/10310/air-conditioning-basics http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/10310/air-conditioning-basics Air Conditioning Basics Posted by DanMorrison
Everything you wanted to know about air conditioning, but were afraid to ask ]]>
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<![CDATA[Haiti InnoVida Update]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2010 09:10:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11015/haiti-innovida-update http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11015/haiti-innovida-update FPR
Short movie shows how these homes go together. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Have You Considered Vinyl Siding, Lately? ]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2010 19:28:14 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11002/have-you-considered-vinyl-siding-lately http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11002/have-you-considered-vinyl-siding-lately Have You Considered Vinyl Siding, Lately? Posted by FPR
Considering advances in product quality, energy efficiency, and improved manufacturing, it pays to take a second (or third) look at vinyl siding. ]]>
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<![CDATA[IBS 2010: Green Builder Donates 1,000 Homes to Haitians]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2010 11:11:32 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/10973/ibs-2010-green-builder-donates-1000-homes-to-haitians http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/10973/ibs-2010-green-builder-donates-1000-homes-to-haitians IBS 2010: Green Builder Donates 1,000 Homes to Haitians Posted by FPR
New building technology firm, InnoVida™, donates 1,000 homes to Haiti using Fiber Composite Structural Insulated panels introduced at IBS. ]]>
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