Copyright (c) 2014 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - ScottG's posts Fine Homebuilding - ScottG's posts http://www.finehomebuilding.com/profile/ScottG Sat, 02 Aug 2014 01:09:32 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - ScottG's posts Fine Homebuilding - ScottG's posts http://www.finehomebuilding.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.finehomebuilding.com/profile/ScottG <![CDATA[Brad Pitt's Foundation Launches Montana Project]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:51:56 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35691/brad-pitts-foundation-launches-montana-project http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35691/brad-pitts-foundation-launches-montana-project Brad Pitt's Foundation Launches Montana Project Posted by ScottG
On a Native American reservation called Fort Peck, hundreds are on a waiting list for housing. The actor's Make It Right Foundation will build 20 new high-efficiency houses to help them. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35691/brad-pitts-foundation-launches-montana-project
<![CDATA[Construction Industry Fatalities Increase]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:23:22 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35602/construction-industry-fatalities-increase http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35602/construction-industry-fatalities-increase Construction Industry Fatalities Increase Posted by ScottG
A report from the AFL-CIO shows the fatality rate increased in 2012, and the energy boom in the West could have something to do about it. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35602/construction-industry-fatalities-increase
<![CDATA[Home Improvements Will Average $5 Million Per Zip Code, Survey Says]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:01:27 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35603/home-improvements-will-average-5-million-per-zip-code-survey-says http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35603/home-improvements-will-average-5-million-per-zip-code-survey-says Home Improvements Will Average $5 Million Per Zip Code, Survey Says Posted by ScottG
According to the National Association of Home Builders, the District of Columbia ranks at the top of the state-by-state list with $2707 per home. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35603/home-improvements-will-average-5-million-per-zip-code-survey-says
<![CDATA[Women Hold Very Few Construction Jobs]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:03:53 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35180/women-hold-very-few-construction-jobs http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35180/women-hold-very-few-construction-jobs Women Hold Very Few Construction Jobs Posted by ScottG
The proportion of women working in the construction industry is about the same as it was 30 years ago--less than 3% overall. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35180/women-hold-very-few-construction-jobs
<![CDATA[Realtors Say Home Construction Is Lagging]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:19:53 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35175/realtors-say-home-construction-is-lagging http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35175/realtors-say-home-construction-is-lagging Realtors Say Home Construction Is Lagging Posted by ScottG
A national survey finds the number of houses being built isn't enough to keep up with job growth in 32 states, a trend that will push up prices for homebuyers in the long run. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35175/realtors-say-home-construction-is-lagging
<![CDATA[More Builders Go Green]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:16:26 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35137/more-builders-go-green http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35137/more-builders-go-green More Builders Go Green Posted by ScottG
More buyers want the energy efficiency, healthy indoor air, and durability that green building fosters, and more builders are adopting green strategies in their projects. The trend affects both single-family and multifamily builders and developers. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35137/more-builders-go-green
<![CDATA[Shortage of Lots Worries Home Builders]]> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:07:24 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35085/shortage-of-lots-worries-home-builders http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35085/shortage-of-lots-worries-home-builders Shortage of Lots Worries Home Builders Posted by ScottG
Builders are finding it tougher to find developed lots, and homebuyers can expect to pay more as a result. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35085/shortage-of-lots-worries-home-builders
<![CDATA[The University of Georgia Builds a Farmstead of the Future]]> Fri, 30 May 2014 15:28:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34780/the-university-of-georgia-builds-a-farmstead-of-the-future http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34780/the-university-of-georgia-builds-a-farmstead-of-the-future The University of Georgia Builds a Farmstead of the Future Posted by ScottG
The Future Farmstead Program includes a demonstration home that's all about "living and working smart." The net-zero-energy living laboratory is a collaboration between the university, students, and a long list of public and private partners. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34780/the-university-of-georgia-builds-a-farmstead-of-the-future
<![CDATA[Affordable Housing Program Goes from 'Project to Product']]> Fri, 30 May 2014 07:21:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34914/affordable-housing-program-goes-from-project-to-product http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34914/affordable-housing-program-goes-from-project-to-product Affordable Housing Program Goes from 'Project to Product' Posted by ScottG
Auburn University's Rural Studio began its affordable housing program in 2005 to bring better low-cost housing to the people of Hale County, Ala. Now the houses are headed to the commercial marketplace. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34914/affordable-housing-program-goes-from-project-to-product
<![CDATA[Is this renovation doomed from the start?]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 10:04:15 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28916/is-this-renovation-doomed-from-the-start http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28916/is-this-renovation-doomed-from-the-start Is this renovation doomed from the start? Posted by ScottG
When an existing brick foundation is capped with another layer of concrete block to reduce the transmission of water vapor, is this renovation company creating the potential for a structural problem? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28916/is-this-renovation-doomed-from-the-start
<![CDATA[How to Install Board-and-Batten Siding]]> Fri, 16 May 2014 09:15:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29146/how-to-install-board-and-batten-siding http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29146/how-to-install-board-and-batten-siding How to Install Board-and-Batten Siding Posted by ScottG
A Breaktime reader is about to install board-and-batten siding on his new house, and he's getting mixed messages on the best way to finish it. Should he stain only the outer face of the siding as the mill owner suggests, or make sure all six sides of each board is finished? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29146/how-to-install-board-and-batten-siding
<![CDATA[Virginia Farmhouse Wins Top LEED Honors]]> Thu, 15 May 2014 08:55:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34665/virginia-farmhouse-wins-top-leed-honors http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34665/virginia-farmhouse-wins-top-leed-honors Virginia Farmhouse Wins Top LEED Honors Posted by ScottG
Passivhaus-certified 'Earthship Farmstead' is LEED Platinum rated and has a roof where sheep could graze (but probably shouldn't) ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34665/virginia-farmhouse-wins-top-leed-honors
<![CDATA[Icynene Boosts R-Value of Spray-Foam Insulation]]> Wed, 14 May 2014 14:29:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34650/icynene-boosts-r-value-of-spray-foam-insulation http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34650/icynene-boosts-r-value-of-spray-foam-insulation Icynene Boosts R-Value of Spray-Foam Insulation Posted by ScottG
Icynene says its new Classic Plus will make it easier for builders to meet stricter energy-code requirements. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34650/icynene-boosts-r-value-of-spray-foam-insulation
<![CDATA[Tips for Builders Marketing a "Home for Rent by Owner"]]> Mon, 12 May 2014 13:08:12 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34414/tips-for-builders-marketing-a-home-for-rent-by-owner http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34414/tips-for-builders-marketing-a-home-for-rent-by-owner Tips for Builders Marketing a Posted by ScottG
With the skills to handle the maintenance, builders are uniquely suited to profit from owning rental properties. Here are some tips for marketing a home to high-quality tenants. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34414/tips-for-builders-marketing-a-home-for-rent-by-owner
<![CDATA[A Custom House Floor Plan Is Essential]]> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:19:45 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34554/a-custom-house-floor-plan-is-essential http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34554/a-custom-house-floor-plan-is-essential A Custom House Floor Plan Is Essential Posted by ScottG
Even if you are working with an existing plan, consider a few tweaks that will adapt the floor plan to the way you live. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34554/a-custom-house-floor-plan-is-essential
<![CDATA[APA Reports on Installation of Raised-Heel Trusses]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 14:15:18 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34518/apa-reports-on-installation-of-raised-heel-trusses http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34518/apa-reports-on-installation-of-raised-heel-trusses APA Reports on Installation of Raised-Heel Trusses Posted by ScottG
Free download describes the use of structural paneling instead of 2x blocking when installing these increasingly common roof trusses. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34518/apa-reports-on-installation-of-raised-heel-trusses
<![CDATA[How to Insulate an Exposed Floor]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 13:58:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28394/how-to-insulate-an-exposed-floor http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28394/how-to-insulate-an-exposed-floor How to Insulate an Exposed Floor Posted by ScottG
A homeowner in central New York discovers some condensation in the floor of an addition that is 5 ft. off the ground. He wonders about the source of the moisture, and what to do about it. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28394/how-to-insulate-an-exposed-floor
<![CDATA[Builder Websites in the Dark Ages]]> Mon, 05 May 2014 10:34:55 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34213/builder-websites-in-the-dark-ages http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34213/builder-websites-in-the-dark-ages Builder Websites in the Dark Ages Posted by ScottG
A study by an internet marketing-and-research company finds websites for building and construction firms are the least friendly to mobile devices. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34213/builder-websites-in-the-dark-ages
<![CDATA[Labor Shortages Hamper New Homebuilders]]> Mon, 05 May 2014 09:04:28 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34516/labor-shortages-hamper-new-homebuilders http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34516/labor-shortages-hamper-new-homebuilders Labor Shortages Hamper New Homebuilders Posted by ScottG
In some markets, a shortage of skilled labor is delaying the completion of new homes and driving wages upward. A tile setter in Denver can earn $100,000 a year. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34516/labor-shortages-hamper-new-homebuilders
<![CDATA[How to Get the Best Custom Kitchen Cabinets]]> Thu, 01 May 2014 16:12:14 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34490/how-to-get-the-best-custom-kitchen-cabinets http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34490/how-to-get-the-best-custom-kitchen-cabinets How to Get the Best Custom Kitchen Cabinets Posted by ScottG
Thinking of hiring a local shop to build your cabinets? Here's how to determine whether you've found the right one. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34490/how-to-get-the-best-custom-kitchen-cabinets
<![CDATA[Government Promotes Wood High-Rise Buildings]]> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:24:59 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34058/government-promotes-wood-high-rise-buildings http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34058/government-promotes-wood-high-rise-buildings Government Promotes Wood High-Rise Buildings Posted by ScottG
The Department of Agriculture will spend $1 million to train builders, engineers and architects as it promotes the use of advanced wood building materials. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34058/government-promotes-wood-high-rise-buildings
<![CDATA[Georgia-Pacific Offers App for Panel Products]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:45:39 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34073/georgia-pacific-offers-app-for-panel-products http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34073/georgia-pacific-offers-app-for-panel-products Georgia-Pacific Offers App for Panel Products Posted by ScottG
Stumped on what kind of structural panel to use on the job? Fire up your smartphone or tablet and get the app. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34073/georgia-pacific-offers-app-for-panel-products
<![CDATA[EPA Steps Up Enforcement of Lead-Paint Rule in Connecticut]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:06:58 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34295/epa-steps-up-enforcement-of-lead-paint-rule-in-connecticut http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34295/epa-steps-up-enforcement-of-lead-paint-rule-in-connecticut EPA Steps Up Enforcement of Lead-Paint Rule in Connecticut Posted by ScottG
Warning of inspections in June, the agency invited 200 contractors and property managers in Connecticut to attend an information session about the rule. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34295/epa-steps-up-enforcement-of-lead-paint-rule-in-connecticut
<![CDATA[Builders in Pacific Northwest Hit Up for "Licensing Fee"]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:20:42 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34247/builders-in-pacific-northwest-hit-up-for-licensing-fee http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34247/builders-in-pacific-northwest-hit-up-for-licensing-fee Builders in Pacific Northwest Hit Up for Posted by ScottG
Letters seek a $150 fee from builders for using a patented but vaguely defined moisture removal process. Advocates call it a "patent troll." Patent owners disagree. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34247/builders-in-pacific-northwest-hit-up-for-licensing-fee
<![CDATA[Honda Builds an Experimental House]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:32:08 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34220/honda-builds-an-experimental-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34220/honda-builds-an-experimental-house Honda Builds an Experimental House Posted by ScottG
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34220/honda-builds-an-experimental-house
<![CDATA[Ductless Minisplits for DIYers]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:25:36 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34176/ductless-minisplits-for-diyers http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34176/ductless-minisplits-for-diyers Ductless Minisplits for DIYers Posted by ScottG
An air-source heat pump powers this air-conditioning and heating unit designed for installation by homeowners. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34176/ductless-minisplits-for-diyers
<![CDATA[Demand for Existing Houses Falls]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:05:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34125/demand-for-existing-houses-falls http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34125/demand-for-existing-houses-falls Demand for Existing Houses Falls Posted by ScottG
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." ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34125/demand-for-existing-houses-falls
<![CDATA[Planning a Major Upgrade? Consider New Siding]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:49:47 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34115/planning-a-major-upgrade-consider-new-siding http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34115/planning-a-major-upgrade-consider-new-siding Planning a Major Upgrade? Consider New Siding Posted by ScottG
Remodeling magazine's annual cost vs. value study ranks projects by the proportion of money that can be recouped when reselling the property. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34115/planning-a-major-upgrade-consider-new-siding
<![CDATA[New Admixture Will Eliminate Need for Air-Entrained Concrete]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:59:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34148/new-admixture-will-eliminate-need-for-air-entrained-concrete http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34148/new-admixture-will-eliminate-need-for-air-entrained-concrete New Admixture Will Eliminate Need for Air-Entrained Concrete Posted by ScottG
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34148/new-admixture-will-eliminate-need-for-air-entrained-concrete
<![CDATA[NAHB Opposes Clean Water Act Expansion]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:48:21 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34118/nahb-opposes-clean-water-act-expansion http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34118/nahb-opposes-clean-water-act-expansion NAHB Opposes Clean Water Act Expansion Posted by ScottG
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34118/nahb-opposes-clean-water-act-expansion
<![CDATA[Lawsuits Against Azek Decking are Consolidated]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33961/lawsuits-against-azek-decking-are-consolidated http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33961/lawsuits-against-azek-decking-are-consolidated Lawsuits Against Azek Decking are Consolidated Posted by ScottG
Complaints from Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Illinois claim Azek PVC decking is defective. The lawsuits have now been consolidated in a New Jersey court. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33961/lawsuits-against-azek-decking-are-consolidated
<![CDATA[This House Is Assembled With a Screw Driver]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34043/this-house-is-assembled-with-a-screw-driver http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34043/this-house-is-assembled-with-a-screw-driver This House Is Assembled With a Screw Driver Posted by ScottG
A French design firm develops a prototype for a 1615-sq.-ft. house built from blocks of foam insulation and laminated-veneer lumber. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34043/this-house-is-assembled-with-a-screw-driver
<![CDATA[The Risks of Building Green]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:47:08 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34059/the-risks-of-building-green http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34059/the-risks-of-building-green The Risks of Building Green Posted by ScottG
Contractors who make sustainable building their focus face a variety of business risks that mainstream builders don't have. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34059/the-risks-of-building-green
<![CDATA[3-D Camera Expands Your View ]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:26:42 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34035/3-d-camera-expands-your-view http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34035/3-d-camera-expands-your-view 3-D Camera Expands Your View Posted by ScottG
New device allows three-dimensional images of interior spaces to be created quickly and easily. Why look at simple photos when you can fly around the room? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34035/3-d-camera-expands-your-view
<![CDATA[BuildingEnergy Conference in Boston This Week]]> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:05:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33005/buildingenergy-conference-in-boston-this-week http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33005/buildingenergy-conference-in-boston-this-week BuildingEnergy Conference in Boston This Week Posted by ScottG
The annual conference sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association is the largest building efficiency program in the region. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33005/buildingenergy-conference-in-boston-this-week
<![CDATA[Eastman Drops Perennial Wood Decking Line]]> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:41:08 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33927/eastman-drops-perennial-wood-decking-line http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33927/eastman-drops-perennial-wood-decking-line Eastman Drops Perennial Wood Decking Line Posted by ScottG
Acetylated wood is an alternative to conventional chemical treatments, but the company didn't see a quick enough return on its investment to continue producing it. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33927/eastman-drops-perennial-wood-decking-line
<![CDATA[Housing Starts Decline in January]]> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:14:36 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33732/housing-starts-decline-in-january http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33732/housing-starts-decline-in-january Housing Starts Decline in January Posted by ScottG
Construction of single-family homes dropped by about 16% in January. Builder confidence also fell. The National Association of Home Builders says the weather is mostly to blame. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33732/housing-starts-decline-in-january
<![CDATA[NAHB Asks That New Silica Rule Be Pulled]]> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:23:10 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33459/nahb-asks-that-new-silica-rule-be-pulled http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33459/nahb-asks-that-new-silica-rule-be-pulled NAHB Asks That New Silica Rule Be Pulled Posted by ScottG
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is seeking lower exposure limits for crystalline silica, but the National Association of Home Builders says the agency doesn't understand how the new rule would work in the 'real world.' ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33459/nahb-asks-that-new-silica-rule-be-pulled
<![CDATA[Green Building Is a Growing Business]]> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:53:28 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33380/green-building-is-a-growing-business http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33380/green-building-is-a-growing-business Green Building Is a Growing Business Posted by ScottG
A study by McGraw Hill Construction finds that a growing number of builders expect green building to be an important part of their business mix. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33380/green-building-is-a-growing-business
<![CDATA[Showcase House Open for Virtual Tours]]> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:53:23 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33275/showcase-house-open-for-virtual-tours http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33275/showcase-house-open-for-virtual-tours Showcase House Open for Virtual Tours Posted by ScottG
The New American Home opened for tours as part of the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. Now a website offers virtual tours for anyone who couldn't be there in person. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33275/showcase-house-open-for-virtual-tours
<![CDATA[Our Houses Are Getting Older]]> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:25:43 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33107/our-houses-are-getting-older http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33107/our-houses-are-getting-older Our Houses Are Getting Older Posted by ScottG
The median age of American houses climbed to 35 years in 2011, a sharp increase over 1985's 23-year median age. The National Association of Home Builders says this may signal an opportunity for remodelers. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33107/our-houses-are-getting-older
<![CDATA[APA Publishes Updated Online Catalog]]> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:37:10 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33094/apa-publishes-updated-online-catalog http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33094/apa-publishes-updated-online-catalog APA Publishes Updated Online Catalog Posted by ScottG
APA--The Engineered Wood Association offers hundreds of downloads for free on a variety of building topics. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33094/apa-publishes-updated-online-catalog
<![CDATA[Your House and the Internet]]> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:19:13 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33012/your-house-and-the-internet http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33012/your-house-and-the-internet Your House and the Internet Posted by ScottG
The internet giant Google acquires a company that makes internet-connected thermostats and fire detectors. Greater web connectivity with ordinary household devices is probably ahead. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33012/your-house-and-the-internet
<![CDATA[Our Houses Are Getting Bigger and More Expensive]]> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:48:12 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32977/our-houses-are-getting-bigger-and-more-expensive http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32977/our-houses-are-getting-bigger-and-more-expensive Our Houses Are Getting Bigger and More Expensive Posted by ScottG
A National Association of Home Builders survey finds that lot sizes have shrunk slightly while the average house size has climbed to about 2600 square feet. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32977/our-houses-are-getting-bigger-and-more-expensive
<![CDATA[Solar Companies: Next Big Thing on Wall Street?]]> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:54:26 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32909/solar-companies-next-big-thing-on-wall-street http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32909/solar-companies-next-big-thing-on-wall-street Solar Companies: Next Big Thing on Wall Street? Posted by ScottG
SolarCity installs panels at little or no cost, then charges homeowners for electricity. Its stock is rising quickly as national interest grows in solar installations. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32909/solar-companies-next-big-thing-on-wall-street
<![CDATA[Habitat's High-Performance Experiment]]> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 13:37:24 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32897/habitats-high-performance-experiment http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32897/habitats-high-performance-experiment Habitat's High-Performance Experiment Posted by ScottG
Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the U.S. are beginning to build Passive House and net-zero-energy projects, but only a small fraction of the nonprofit's local chapters are making the leap. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32897/habitats-high-performance-experiment
<![CDATA[NAHB Sees a Bright Year Ahead]]> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 14:23:18 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32895/nahb-sees-a-bright-year-ahead http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32895/nahb-sees-a-bright-year-ahead NAHB Sees a Bright Year Ahead Posted by ScottG
After gains of nearly 18% in 2013, single-family housing starts should rise by more than 30% in the year ahead, says the National Association of Home Builders. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32895/nahb-sees-a-bright-year-ahead
<![CDATA[TimberSIL Yanked From New Orleans Project]]> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:45:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32852/timbersil-yanked-from-new-orleans-project http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32852/timbersil-yanked-from-new-orleans-project TimberSIL Yanked From New Orleans Project Posted by ScottG
The alternative to conventional pressure-treated lumber will be removed from 30 houses in New Orleans because some of it is showing signs of decay after only a few years of service. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32852/timbersil-yanked-from-new-orleans-project
<![CDATA[Home Sales Decline in November]]> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 11:48:28 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32765/home-sales-decline-in-november http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32765/home-sales-decline-in-november Home Sales Decline in November Posted by ScottG
Sales of new single-family homes were lower than in October; overall, though, the market is posting its best performance of the last five years. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32765/home-sales-decline-in-november
<![CDATA[Builders' Show In Las Vegas Feb. 4-6]]> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:16:42 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32696/builders-show-in-las-vegas-feb-4-6 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32696/builders-show-in-las-vegas-feb-4-6 Builders' Show In Las Vegas Feb. 4-6 Posted by ScottG
Hundreds of exhibitors will showcase building products, tools and services for the construction industry in what organizers say is the largest trade event of its kind in the country ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32696/builders-show-in-las-vegas-feb-4-6
<![CDATA[Home Sales Rebound in October]]> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:21:46 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32691/home-sales-rebound-in-october http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32691/home-sales-rebound-in-october Home Sales Rebound in October Posted by ScottG
New-home sales rose more than 25% in October to reverse a dip in the month before, leading the National Association of Home Builders to say the housing recovery is on track. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32691/home-sales-rebound-in-october
<![CDATA[Learn More About Advanced Framing]]> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:17:13 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32685/learn-more-about-advanced-framing http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32685/learn-more-about-advanced-framing Learn More About Advanced Framing Posted by ScottG
APA--The Engineered Wood Association offers a primer on framing techniques that reduce waste and increase energy efficiency by allowing more room for insulation. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32685/learn-more-about-advanced-framing
<![CDATA[Common Materials, Uncommon Results]]> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:12:58 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32687/common-materials-uncommon-results http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32687/common-materials-uncommon-results Common Materials, Uncommon Results Posted by ScottG
A production builder in Denver uses standard building materials and techniques every carpenter knows to produce a line of net-zero houses that are cost competitive in its market. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32687/common-materials-uncommon-results
<![CDATA[Helping Builders Master Social Media]]> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:08:31 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32620/helping-builders-master-social-media http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32620/helping-builders-master-social-media Helping Builders Master Social Media Posted by ScottG
A California building contractor has launched an online guild for local trades, then used his new web skills to write a book on social media specifically for the building trades. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32620/helping-builders-master-social-media
<![CDATA[Builder Confidence Steady in November]]> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:23:09 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32571/builder-confidence-steady-in-november http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32571/builder-confidence-steady-in-november Builder Confidence Steady in November Posted by ScottG
For the sixth consecutive month, builders of single-family homes are generally positive about market conditions, the National Association of Home Builders reports. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32571/builder-confidence-steady-in-november
<![CDATA[55+ Housing Market Booming]]> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:13:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32376/55-housing-market-booming http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32376/55-housing-market-booming 55+ Housing Market Booming Posted by ScottG
The 55+ Housing Market Index increased in the third quarter to its highest reading since launching in 2008. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32376/55-housing-market-booming
<![CDATA[Fewer Buyers Find Houses Affordable]]> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:00:01 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32482/fewer-buyers-find-houses-affordable http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32482/fewer-buyers-find-houses-affordable Fewer Buyers Find Houses Affordable Posted by ScottG
A survey finds that the proportion of new and existing houses on the market considered 'affordable' declined in the third quarter. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32482/fewer-buyers-find-houses-affordable
<![CDATA[Are Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems Really That Much Better?]]> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:51:44 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16977/are-grid-tied-photovoltaic-systems-really-that-much-better http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16977/are-grid-tied-photovoltaic-systems-really-that-much-better Are Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems Really That Much Better? Posted by ScottG
A writer wonders whether off-the-grid systems might rightfully find a place in the debate over renewable energy. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16977/are-grid-tied-photovoltaic-systems-really-that-much-better
<![CDATA[Recycling Shower Promises Energy and Water Savings]]> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:11:11 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32360/recycling-shower-promises-energy-and-water-savings http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32360/recycling-shower-promises-energy-and-water-savings Recycling Shower Promises Energy and Water Savings Posted by ScottG
The OrbSys Shower filters shower water as it's used to reduce water consumption by 90%. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32360/recycling-shower-promises-energy-and-water-savings
<![CDATA[Construction Spending Increases in August]]> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:43:42 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32308/construction-spending-increases-in-august http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32308/construction-spending-increases-in-august Construction Spending Increases in August Posted by ScottG
For the fifth consecutive month, construction spending increased. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32308/construction-spending-increases-in-august
<![CDATA[Fixing a Hot-Water Problem]]> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:50:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29880/fixing-a-hot-water-problem http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29880/fixing-a-hot-water-problem Fixing a Hot-Water Problem Posted by ScottG
As part of a renovation of his four-story house in San Francisco, John Metcalfe has added a pair of tankless hot water heaters. But instead of delivering lots of hot water quickly, the revamped plumbing system means a two-minute wait for hot water at the shower or in the kitchen. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29880/fixing-a-hot-water-problem
<![CDATA[OSHA Extends Silica Comment Period]]> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:56:46 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32176/osha-extends-silica-comment-period http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32176/osha-extends-silica-comment-period OSHA Extends Silica Comment Period Posted by ScottG
The government has added 47 days to the deadline for submitting written comments and testimony about proposed rules limiting workers' exposure to masonry dust on construction sites, extending the comment period to Jan. 27. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32176/osha-extends-silica-comment-period
<![CDATA[How Should a Foundation Drain be Installed]]> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:47:55 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31618/how-should-a-foundation-drain-be-installed http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31618/how-should-a-foundation-drain-be-installed How Should a Foundation Drain be Installed Posted by ScottG
Construction drawings typically show a foundation drain installed in a bed of crushed rock next to the footing. But some builders argue the drain should properly be installed on top of the footing where it can protect the seam between the foundation and the footing. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31618/how-should-a-foundation-drain-be-installed
<![CDATA[Team Austria Wins 2013 Solar Decathlon]]> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 10:35:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32052/team-austria-wins-2013-solar-decathlon http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32052/team-austria-wins-2013-solar-decathlon Team Austria Wins 2013 Solar Decathlon Posted by ScottG
Student teams representing 19 colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and Europe designed solar demonstration houses that went on display in Irvine, California, for this biennial event. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32052/team-austria-wins-2013-solar-decathlon
<![CDATA[Builder Confidence Drops]]> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:26:51 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32066/builder-confidence-drops http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32066/builder-confidence-drops Builder Confidence Drops Posted by ScottG
The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index declined slightly in October, showing a retreat in all three areas the index tracks. The National Association of Home Builders says political turmoil in Washington is to blame. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32066/builder-confidence-drops
<![CDATA[ICC Approves Changes to Energy Code]]> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:39:56 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32041/icc-approves-changes-to-energy-code http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32041/icc-approves-changes-to-energy-code ICC Approves Changes to Energy Code Posted by ScottG
Requirements will be a little tougher, and for the first time a "performance path" to compliance will reference a HERS rating. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32041/icc-approves-changes-to-energy-code
<![CDATA[Passive House Town-House Project Underway in Philadelphia]]> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:57:09 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32042/passive-house-town-house-project-underway-in-philadelphia http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32042/passive-house-town-house-project-underway-in-philadelphia Passive House Town-House Project Underway in Philadelphia Posted by ScottG
Developers plan 27 units that will meet the stringent Passive House requirement for airtightness and energy consumption. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32042/passive-house-town-house-project-underway-in-philadelphia
<![CDATA[NAHB Lowers Estimate for Single-Family Starts]]> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:00:30 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31926/nahb-lowers-estimate-for-single-family-starts http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31926/nahb-lowers-estimate-for-single-family-starts NAHB Lowers Estimate for Single-Family Starts Posted by ScottG
The National Association of Home Builders says new-home starts this year will be 629,000, but it expects the total will top 1 million by 2015 ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31926/nahb-lowers-estimate-for-single-family-starts
<![CDATA[Retired Educator Turns His New House Into a Living Lab]]> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 09:42:18 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31906/retired-educator-turns-his-new-house-into-a-living-lab http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31906/retired-educator-turns-his-new-house-into-a-living-lab Retired Educator Turns His New House Into a Living Lab Posted by ScottG
Half the house is built for an Energy Star rating, the other half to the very stringent Passivhaus standard. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31906/retired-educator-turns-his-new-house-into-a-living-lab
<![CDATA[Are Paint Makers About to Face a Big Cleanup Bill?]]> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:56:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31867/are-paint-makers-about-to-face-a-big-cleanup-bill http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31867/are-paint-makers-about-to-face-a-big-cleanup-bill Are Paint Makers About to Face a Big Cleanup Bill? Posted by ScottG
In California, a superior court judge weighs claims that lead paint poses health risks. Makers and distributors could face cleanup bills of more than $1 billion. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31867/are-paint-makers-about-to-face-a-big-cleanup-bill
<![CDATA[Getting the Sag Out]]> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:37:42 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22343/getting-the-sag-out http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22343/getting-the-sag-out Getting the Sag Out Posted by ScottG
An expensive house dating from the 1960s has developed an annoying problem in the form of a floor that sags 3/4 in. over a 16-ft. span. Iamme would like to correct the problem but isn't sure if his plan will work. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22343/getting-the-sag-out
<![CDATA[Housing Starts Edge Upward in August]]> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:45:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31818/housing-starts-edge-upward-in-august http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31818/housing-starts-edge-upward-in-august ScottG
The government reports a modest rise in housing starts for the month, and much of the credit goes to single-family projects. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31818/housing-starts-edge-upward-in-august
<![CDATA[Builder Confidence Unchanged in September]]> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:30:33 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31801/builder-confidence-unchanged-in-september http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31801/builder-confidence-unchanged-in-september Builder Confidence Unchanged in September Posted by ScottG
Builder confidence in the market for new, single-family homes pauses after four months of gains. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31801/builder-confidence-unchanged-in-september
<![CDATA[Icynene Introduces New Closed-Cell Insulation]]> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:51:34 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31764/icynene-introduces-new-closed-cell-insulation http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31764/icynene-introduces-new-closed-cell-insulation Icynene Introduces New Closed-Cell Insulation Posted by ScottG
ProSeal Eco uses water rather than hydrofluorocarbons as a blowing agent, lowering its ozone-depleting and global-warming potential. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31764/icynene-introduces-new-closed-cell-insulation
<![CDATA[Spending on New-Home Construction Up]]> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:38:36 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31683/spending-on-new-home-construction-up http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31683/spending-on-new-home-construction-up Spending on New-Home Construction Up Posted by ScottG
The Commerce Department reports a modest gain in July as private residential construction spending hits its highest level in almost five years ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31683/spending-on-new-home-construction-up
<![CDATA[Registration Opens for Builders Show]]> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:14:37 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31682/registration-opens-for-builders-show http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31682/registration-opens-for-builders-show Registration Opens for Builders Show Posted by ScottG
The 2014 International Builders' Show in Las Vegas is part of the first Design & Construction Week ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31682/registration-opens-for-builders-show
<![CDATA[Does a Roof Need a Ridge Vent?]]> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28207/does-a-roof-need-a-ridge-vent http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28207/does-a-roof-need-a-ridge-vent Does a Roof Need a Ridge Vent? Posted by ScottG
Most roofs on new houses seem to have continuous ridge vents, which have largely replaced the louvered gable vents commonly installed a generation ago. But what about a house that already has gable vents? When it needs a new roof, should it get a ridge vent at the same time? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28207/does-a-roof-need-a-ridge-vent
<![CDATA[How to Insulate a Flat Roof]]> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 09:23:43 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29426/how-to-insulate-a-flat-roof http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29426/how-to-insulate-a-flat-roof How to Insulate a Flat Roof Posted by ScottG
Atlanta architect Scott West designs a lot of contemporary houses with flat roofs, and he's looking for advice on the best way of insulating them. There are a variety of options, but at least one reader wonders whether he should junk the flat roof plan in favor of something else. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29426/how-to-insulate-a-flat-roof
<![CDATA[NAHB Is Uncomfortable with OSHA's Proposed Rules on Silica-Laden Dust]]> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:06:53 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31651/nahb-is-uncomfortable-with-oshas-proposed-rules-on-silica-laden-dust http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31651/nahb-is-uncomfortable-with-oshas-proposed-rules-on-silica-laden-dust NAHB Is Uncomfortable with OSHA's Proposed Rules on Silica-Laden Dust Posted by ScottG
The National Association of Home Builders says OSHA's plan to limit job-site exposure to silica would cost the industry $1 billion a year and could force contractors to stop using common masonry materials ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31651/nahb-is-uncomfortable-with-oshas-proposed-rules-on-silica-laden-dust
<![CDATA[Houses Are Getting Bigger]]> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:29:04 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31640/houses-are-getting-bigger http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31640/houses-are-getting-bigger Houses Are Getting Bigger Posted by ScottG
After a pause during the housing slowdown, the average size of new single-family houses is climbing again to reach a record in the second quarter of the year. Prices also are up. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31640/houses-are-getting-bigger
<![CDATA[Government Proposes New Limit on Silica Exposure to Protect Construction Workers]]> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:56:20 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31619/government-proposes-new-limit-on-silica-exposure-to-protect-construction-workers http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31619/government-proposes-new-limit-on-silica-exposure-to-protect-construction-workers Government Proposes New Limit on Silica Exposure to Protect Construction Workers Posted by ScottG
New rules would mean lower exposure for people who work with concrete, fiber cement, or other masonry products. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31619/government-proposes-new-limit-on-silica-exposure-to-protect-construction-workers
<![CDATA[Sales of New Homes Decline]]> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 13:45:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31599/sales-of-new-homes-decline http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31599/sales-of-new-homes-decline ScottG
Higher mortgage rates are being blamed for a drop in the number of newly signed contracts to purchase a house. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31599/sales-of-new-homes-decline
<![CDATA[Net-Zero Communities Sprouting in Upstate New York]]> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:26:19 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31573/net-zero-communities-sprouting-in-upstate-new-york http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31573/net-zero-communities-sprouting-in-upstate-new-york Net-Zero Communities Sprouting in Upstate New York Posted by ScottG
A builder with a background in conventional construction changes gears to build with insulating concrete forms. His net-zero-energy houses have very low rates of air infiltration. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31573/net-zero-communities-sprouting-in-upstate-new-york
<![CDATA[Single-Family Starts Fall in July]]> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:05:03 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31530/single-family-starts-fall-in-july http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31530/single-family-starts-fall-in-july Single-Family Starts Fall in July Posted by ScottG
Construction of single-family homes is down by 2.2% for the month, but multifamily projects show a sharp gain. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31530/single-family-starts-fall-in-july
<![CDATA[What Makes the 'Best' Air Barrier?]]> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:44:58 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31347/what-makes-the-best-air-barrier http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31347/what-makes-the-best-air-barrier What Makes the 'Best' Air Barrier? Posted by ScottG
Planning a high-performance house in Massachusetts, Bill L asks the Green Building Advisor's Q&A Forum how to build in an air barrier that will stand the test of time. He's not sure that specialized construction tapes are the way to go. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31347/what-makes-the-best-air-barrier
<![CDATA[Young Welsh Couple Ordered to Tear Down 'Hobbit House']]> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 07:57:50 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31409/young-welsh-couple-ordered-to-tear-down-hobbit-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31409/young-welsh-couple-ordered-to-tear-down-hobbit-house Young Welsh Couple Ordered to Tear Down 'Hobbit House' Posted by ScottG
Charlie Hague and Megan Williams built their house from scratch, but lacked planning permission. Now authorities have ordered the house bulldozed. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31409/young-welsh-couple-ordered-to-tear-down-hobbit-house
<![CDATA[Index of Improving Markets Drops Slightly]]> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:45:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31392/index-of-improving-markets-drops-slightly http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31392/index-of-improving-markets-drops-slightly ScottG
The number of metropolitan areas on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index has declined by eight, but the total is still three times as high as it was a year ago. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31392/index-of-improving-markets-drops-slightly
<![CDATA[Construction Jobs Return, But Will Workers Be There?]]> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 15:40:51 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31353/construction-jobs-return-but-will-workers-be-there http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31353/construction-jobs-return-but-will-workers-be-there Construction Jobs Return, But Will Workers Be There? Posted by ScottG
In California, construction is picking up, but some wonder whether the many skilled workers displaced when the building market collapsed will want to return. Others aren't so sure there's a problem. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31353/construction-jobs-return-but-will-workers-be-there
<![CDATA[A Real-World Test for Energy Efficiency]]> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:03:24 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31320/a-real-world-test-for-energy-efficiency http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31320/a-real-world-test-for-energy-efficiency A Real-World Test for Energy Efficiency Posted by ScottG
A Michigan builder and Dow Building Solutions collaborate on a 5-year study aimed at proving that energy upgrades make for more-comfortable and more-durable houses. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31320/a-real-world-test-for-energy-efficiency
<![CDATA[New-Home Sales Up in June]]> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:45:27 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31232/new-home-sales-up-in-june http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31232/new-home-sales-up-in-june New-Home Sales Up in June Posted by ScottG
Sales of single-family houses increased by more than 8% as the inventory of new homes declined. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31232/new-home-sales-up-in-june
<![CDATA[Talk of Tighter Efficiency Standards for Ceiling Fans Stirs Up Washington]]> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:16:41 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31200/talk-of-tighter-efficiency-standards-for-ceiling-fans-stirs-up-washington http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31200/talk-of-tighter-efficiency-standards-for-ceiling-fans-stirs-up-washington Talk of Tighter Efficiency Standards for Ceiling Fans Stirs Up Washington Posted by ScottG
The Energy Department begins writing new rules to make ceilings fans more efficient, but House Republicans aren't having any of it. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31200/talk-of-tighter-efficiency-standards-for-ceiling-fans-stirs-up-washington
<![CDATA[Habitat for Humanity's Net-Zero Community]]> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31150/habitat-for-humanitys-net-zero-community http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31150/habitat-for-humanitys-net-zero-community Habitat for Humanity's Net-Zero Community Posted by ScottG
Now in its second year of construction, this Habitat community ultimately will include 18 housing units, community gardens, an "edible landscape," and a community center. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31150/habitat-for-humanitys-net-zero-community
<![CDATA[Housing Starts Fall in June]]> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:52:26 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31103/housing-starts-fall-in-june http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31103/housing-starts-fall-in-june Housing Starts Fall in June Posted by ScottG
Builders may be feeling more upbeat, but the number of new homes started in the month of June showed a sharp decline. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31103/housing-starts-fall-in-june
<![CDATA[Lumber Prices Down]]> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:31:38 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31034/lumber-prices-down http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31034/lumber-prices-down Lumber Prices Down Posted by ScottG
Prices for framing lumber were lower in June, according to the Random Lengths composite price index. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31034/lumber-prices-down
<![CDATA[Builder Confidence Going Up]]> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:42:21 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31023/builder-confidence-going-up http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31023/builder-confidence-going-up Builder Confidence Going Up Posted by ScottG
The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo housing-market index rises to highest level since January 2006. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31023/builder-confidence-going-up
<![CDATA[NAHB Encouraged by Building 'Rebound']]> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:42:22 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30450/nahb-encouraged-by-building-rebound http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30450/nahb-encouraged-by-building-rebound NAHB Encouraged by Building 'Rebound' Posted by ScottG
The chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders points to increased spending for residential construction and remodeling. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30450/nahb-encouraged-by-building-rebound
<![CDATA[Housing Market Looks Brighter]]> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:25:32 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30348/housing-market-looks-brighter http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30348/housing-market-looks-brighter ScottG
More than one-third of all new homes sold in May were not yet under construction, a signal that the housing industry continues to gain strength. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30348/housing-market-looks-brighter
<![CDATA[More Housing Markets Improve]]> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:14:34 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30314/more-housing-markets-improve http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30314/more-housing-markets-improve ScottG
For the fifth month in a row, more than 70% of metro areas in the United States are now designated as improving, according to the Improving Markets Index. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30314/more-housing-markets-improve
<![CDATA[Net-Zero Energy House in a Kit]]> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 13:06:51 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30229/net-zero-energy-house-in-a-kit http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30229/net-zero-energy-house-in-a-kit Net-Zero Energy House in a Kit Posted by ScottG
A Vermont manufacturer of structural insulated panels has launched a line of kit houses that should generate as much power as they consume. Kits include photovoltaic panels, ductless minisplit heating and cooling, and triple-glazed windows. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30229/net-zero-energy-house-in-a-kit
<![CDATA[Nonprofit Seeks 'Tradesperson of the Year']]> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:16:27 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30121/nonprofit-seeks-tradesperson-of-the-year http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30121/nonprofit-seeks-tradesperson-of-the-year Nonprofit Seeks 'Tradesperson of the Year' Posted by ScottG
Rebuilding Together asks for nominations and says the grand prize is a trip for two to the Super Bowl in 2014. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30121/nonprofit-seeks-tradesperson-of-the-year
<![CDATA[Meet the Timber Truss]]> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 07:59:18 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29959/meet-the-timber-truss http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29959/meet-the-timber-truss Meet the Timber Truss Posted by ScottG
A Wisconsin design-build firm specializes in columns and trusses made from sections of trees that have not been milled or machined. Its co-founder says that timber components are far stronger than those made from milled lumber and can compete with concrete and steel. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29959/meet-the-timber-truss
<![CDATA[Builders Report Material Shortages]]> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:43:56 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30068/builders-report-material-shortages http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30068/builders-report-material-shortages ScottG
Builders and lumber dealers report shortages of OSB, wallboard, framing lumber, and plywood. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30068/builders-report-material-shortages
<![CDATA[Getting Help With Social Media]]> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:43:22 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30071/getting-help-with-social-media http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30071/getting-help-with-social-media ScottG
A book by a public-relations expert offers help to builders who want to expand their use of social media. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30071/getting-help-with-social-media
<![CDATA[Owens Corning Buys Mineral-Wool Maker]]> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:57:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29998/owens-corning-buys-mineral-wool-maker http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29998/owens-corning-buys-mineral-wool-maker Owens Corning Buys Mineral-Wool Maker Posted by ScottG
The fiberglass insulation giant adds to its portfolio with the purchase of Thermafiber Inc., an Indiana manufacturer with a single plant in Wabash ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29998/owens-corning-buys-mineral-wool-maker
<![CDATA[What's the Best Reply to a Customer Who Wants Another Estimate?]]> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:04:41 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15122/whats-the-best-reply-to-a-customer-who-wants-another-estimate http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15122/whats-the-best-reply-to-a-customer-who-wants-another-estimate What's the Best Reply to a Customer Who Wants Another Estimate? Posted by ScottG
Bidding on a small job, a contractor is told by the prospective customer that he wants to get a second bid. Is that what they really mean? And what's the best way to respond? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15122/whats-the-best-reply-to-a-customer-who-wants-another-estimate
<![CDATA[NYC Buildings 'Must Become Stronger']]> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:47:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29930/nyc-buildings-must-become-stronger http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29930/nyc-buildings-must-become-stronger NYC Buildings 'Must Become Stronger' Posted by ScottG
A task force examining the effects of Hurricane Sandy suggests changes in how houses are constructed to avoid damage from future storms. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29930/nyc-buildings-must-become-stronger
<![CDATA[Homebuilders More Optimistic]]> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:57:37 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29887/homebuilders-more-optimistic http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29887/homebuilders-more-optimistic ScottG
The index that measures builders' views of market conditions is now at its highest since April 2006. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29887/homebuilders-more-optimistic
<![CDATA[Trade Show Giants Join Forces]]> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 07:50:09 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29750/trade-show-giants-join-forces http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29750/trade-show-giants-join-forces ScottG
The International Builders Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show will be merged in a 'mega exhibit' planned in Las Vegas in February ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29750/trade-show-giants-join-forces
<![CDATA[Census Finds Houses Are Getting Bigger]]> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:57:25 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29748/census-finds-houses-are-getting-bigger http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29748/census-finds-houses-are-getting-bigger ScottG
Median square footage of new houses is on the rise as the building industry recovers from its stumble ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29748/census-finds-houses-are-getting-bigger
<![CDATA[Taking the Environmental Sting Out of Concrete]]> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:19:58 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29644/taking-the-environmental-sting-out-of-concrete http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29644/taking-the-environmental-sting-out-of-concrete Taking the Environmental Sting Out of Concrete Posted by ScottG
Roman concrete submerged for the last 2,000 years gives researchers some clues for making a more durable concrete with fewer environmental penalties. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29644/taking-the-environmental-sting-out-of-concrete
<![CDATA[Builders Gather in Washington]]> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:02:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29635/builders-gather-in-washington http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29635/builders-gather-in-washington ScottG
The National Association of Home Builders Legislative Conference urges Congress to back measures that keep the housing recovery going ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29635/builders-gather-in-washington
<![CDATA[Building School Completes 'Canada's Greenest Home']]> Thu, 30 May 2013 13:40:39 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29455/building-school-completes-canadas-greenest-home http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29455/building-school-completes-canadas-greenest-home Building School Completes 'Canada's Greenest Home' Posted by ScottG
The 2400-sq.-ft. net-zero-energy home includes a composting toilet, nontoxic finishes, many locally sourced materials, and a rainwater collection and filtration system. It's on the market for just under $650,000. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29455/building-school-completes-canadas-greenest-home
<![CDATA[Supply of Homes Tightens]]> Thu, 30 May 2013 12:18:23 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29502/supply-of-homes-tightens http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29502/supply-of-homes-tightens Supply of Homes Tightens Posted by ScottG
Home prices climbed nearly 11% in March as buyers competed for a limited number of houses. An improving housing market should be good news for builders. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29502/supply-of-homes-tightens
<![CDATA[Sustainable Forestry Initiative Accused of Greenwashing]]> Thu, 30 May 2013 09:00:21 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29490/sustainable-forestry-initiative-accused-of-greenwashing http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29490/sustainable-forestry-initiative-accused-of-greenwashing Sustainable Forestry Initiative Accused of Greenwashing Posted by ScottG
In a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission, ForestEthics and Greenpeace claim the Sustainable Forestry Initiative violates the FTC's Green Guides and is misleading consumers as it seeks a share of the lucrative certified-lumber market. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29490/sustainable-forestry-initiative-accused-of-greenwashing
<![CDATA[When's the Right Time to Go Out on Your Own?]]> Tue, 28 May 2013 09:56:06 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14781/whens-the-right-time-to-go-out-on-your-own http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14781/whens-the-right-time-to-go-out-on-your-own When's the Right Time to Go Out on Your Own? Posted by ScottG
A carpenter who works for a custom-home builder is entertaining thoughts of starting his own remodeling business, but he doesn't know if this is the right time or how to get started. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14781/whens-the-right-time-to-go-out-on-your-own
<![CDATA[Builders Promote the All-American House]]> Thu, 23 May 2013 15:42:24 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29241/builders-promote-the-all-american-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29241/builders-promote-the-all-american-house Builders Promote the All-American House Posted by ScottG
Builders in Montana and Delaware pursue web campaigns to increase the use of American-made products in U.S. houses. They cite minimal cost differences, and say even a modest switch in buying habits will mean more jobs here. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29241/builders-promote-the-all-american-house
<![CDATA[Lawmakers Seek Changes to EPA's Lead-Paint Rule]]> Thu, 23 May 2013 10:50:02 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29268/lawmakers-seek-changes-to-epas-lead-paint-rule http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29268/lawmakers-seek-changes-to-epas-lead-paint-rule ScottG
Legislation reintroduced in Congress would restore the opt-out clause sought by the National Association of Home Builders and other trade groups ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29268/lawmakers-seek-changes-to-epas-lead-paint-rule
<![CDATA[A Shortcut for Air-Sealing Houses]]> Wed, 15 May 2013 09:48:28 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29096/a-shortcut-for-air-sealing-houses http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29096/a-shortcut-for-air-sealing-houses A Shortcut for Air-Sealing Houses Posted by ScottG
Researchers who developed a method of sealing leaky air ducts set their sights on a whole-house treatment that should make it easier for builders to make tight houses ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29096/a-shortcut-for-air-sealing-houses
<![CDATA[Building a House Two Hours at a Time]]> Thu, 09 May 2013 08:00:36 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28975/building-a-house-two-hours-at-a-time http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28975/building-a-house-two-hours-at-a-time Building a House Two Hours at a Time Posted by ScottG
A class of student builders in Northern California designs and builds a house that exceeds state energy standards. With a work day only two hours long, that can take a while. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28975/building-a-house-two-hours-at-a-time
<![CDATA[Bill Offers Disaster-Relief Funding to States with Stricter Building Codes]]> Wed, 08 May 2013 11:04:44 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28965/bill-offers-disaster-relief-funding-to-states-with-stricter-building-codes http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28965/bill-offers-disaster-relief-funding-to-states-with-stricter-building-codes Bill Offers Disaster-Relief Funding to States with Stricter Building Codes Posted by ScottG
A measure to be introduced in Congress on May 8 provides financial incentives to states that adopt the latest versions of the International Residential Code ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28965/bill-offers-disaster-relief-funding-to-states-with-stricter-building-codes
<![CDATA[How to Sell a Green House]]> Mon, 06 May 2013 14:16:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28799/how-to-sell-a-green-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28799/how-to-sell-a-green-house How to Sell a Green House Posted by ScottG
If you want to market a green house successfully, one real-estate expert suggests dropping ambiguous wording and "sell the steak, not the sizzle." ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28799/how-to-sell-a-green-house
<![CDATA[Construction Jobs Still Lag]]> Mon, 06 May 2013 12:59:40 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28931/construction-jobs-still-lag http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28931/construction-jobs-still-lag ScottG
Housing starts are up sharply, but building jobs show only a modest increase. Several factors may explain the paradox. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28931/construction-jobs-still-lag
<![CDATA[I Need a What in my Crawlspace?]]> Thu, 02 May 2013 13:17:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28672/i-need-a-what-in-my-crawlspace http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28672/i-need-a-what-in-my-crawlspace I Need a What in my Crawlspace? Posted by ScottG
As he makes plans for an addition to his Connecticut house, RickGreg has been told by the local building department he must install a fan in the insulated, unvented crawlspace. Does this mysterious edict make any sense? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28672/i-need-a-what-in-my-crawlspace
<![CDATA[Should I Build with Autoclaved Aerated Concrete?]]> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:02:30 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28579/should-i-build-with-autoclaved-aerated-concrete http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28579/should-i-build-with-autoclaved-aerated-concrete Should I Build with Autoclaved Aerated Concrete? Posted by ScottG
A couple living in Atlanta want a house that's free of the chemical pollutants common in standard construction. They consider using autoclaved aerated concrete blocks for the walls, but soon find there are doubters aplenty. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28579/should-i-build-with-autoclaved-aerated-concrete
<![CDATA[Makers of Spray-Foam Insulation Named in Lawsuits]]> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:30:47 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28673/makers-of-spray-foam-insulation-named-in-lawsuits http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28673/makers-of-spray-foam-insulation-named-in-lawsuits Makers of Spray-Foam Insulation Named in Lawsuits Posted by ScottG
A Florida attorney cites an "avalanche" of complaints from homeowners about toxic effects of spray polyurethane foam and says that complaints have been filed in federal courts in a half-dozen states. Installers as well as manufacturers are named. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28673/makers-of-spray-foam-insulation-named-in-lawsuits
<![CDATA[Will 3D Printers Replace Homebuilders?]]> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:30:28 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28437/will-3d-printers-replace-homebuilders http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28437/will-3d-printers-replace-homebuilders ScottG
Shelter is one of the most fundamental human needs, yet our approach to building is antiquated, labor intensive, and costly. A high-tech approach called Contour Crafting enlists computer-aided manufacturing and promises dramatic improvements in how we create human habitation. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28437/will-3d-printers-replace-homebuilders
<![CDATA[Sales of New Single-Family Homes Up ]]> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:17:42 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28690/sales-of-new-single-family-homes-up http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28690/sales-of-new-single-family-homes-up ScottG
NAHB welcomes the news as a sign that the recovery in the housing industry is continuing ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28690/sales-of-new-single-family-homes-up
<![CDATA[U.S. Green Building Council Marks 20th Birthday]]> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 06:38:20 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28591/us-green-building-council-marks-20th-birthday http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28591/us-green-building-council-marks-20th-birthday U.S. Green Building Council Marks 20th Birthday Posted by ScottG
The creator of the LEED for Homes rating system underscores its influence on building worldwide, but critics complain the system fails to measure energy consumption and is more about winning points than better performance. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28591/us-green-building-council-marks-20th-birthday
<![CDATA[Volunteers Seek Tool Donations]]> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:02:51 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28601/volunteers-seek-tool-donations http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28601/volunteers-seek-tool-donations Volunteers Seek Tool Donations Posted by ScottG
A Connecticut-based group called Simply Smiles seeks donated tools and craft supplies for a summer volunteer project on a South Dakota Sioux reservation. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28601/volunteers-seek-tool-donations
<![CDATA[A Simple House for Habitat]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:15:04 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28502/a-simple-house-for-habitat http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28502/a-simple-house-for-habitat A Simple House for Habitat Posted by ScottG
Designers are asked to devise a house for Habitat for Humanity that reduces carbon emissions, shines aesthetically, and doesn't cost too much ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28502/a-simple-house-for-habitat
<![CDATA[How to Keep a Garage-Shop Toasty Warm]]> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 10:07:03 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28495/how-to-keep-a-garage-shop-toasty-warm http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28495/how-to-keep-a-garage-shop-toasty-warm How to Keep a Garage-Shop Toasty Warm Posted by ScottG
Strawmyers knows all about the misery of working in an icy cold pole barn, and with a new attached garage on the horizon he has a chance for more comfortable working conditions. The question is how much to invest in insulation, and how to heat the space ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28495/how-to-keep-a-garage-shop-toasty-warm
<![CDATA[HUD to require green-building compliance in hurricane zone]]> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:48:06 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28463/hud-to-require-green-building-compliance-in-hurricane-zone http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28463/hud-to-require-green-building-compliance-in-hurricane-zone HUD to require green-building compliance in hurricane zone Posted by ScottG
In allocating $5.4 billion in recovery funds to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, HUD will require compliance with a green- building standard but doesn't specify which one to use ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28463/hud-to-require-green-building-compliance-in-hurricane-zone
<![CDATA[NAHB Research Center changes name]]> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 15:34:15 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28410/nahb-research-center-changes-name http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28410/nahb-research-center-changes-name NAHB Research Center changes name Posted by ScottG
Research Center becomes Home Innovation Research Labs in move to 'enhance value' of its brand and certification mark ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28410/nahb-research-center-changes-name
<![CDATA[Putting Value on Green Enhancements]]> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:33:36 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28336/putting-value-on-green-enhancements http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28336/putting-value-on-green-enhancements Putting Value on Green Enhancements Posted by ScottG
The Appraisal Institute develops a new "green addendum" to help appraisers calculate the value of renewable-energy and building enhancements that lower operating costs ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28336/putting-value-on-green-enhancements
<![CDATA[NAHB Sees Shortage of Skilled Labor]]> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:45:24 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28316/nahb-sees-shortage-of-skilled-labor http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28316/nahb-sees-shortage-of-skilled-labor NAHB Sees Shortage of Skilled Labor Posted by ScottG
The National Association of Home Builders says a shortage of skilled labor is slowing recovery of the housing industry ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28316/nahb-sees-shortage-of-skilled-labor
<![CDATA[AIA: Interest in kitchens, baths points way to recovery]]> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:06:20 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28268/aia-interest-in-kitchens-baths-points-way-to-recovery http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28268/aia-interest-in-kitchens-baths-points-way-to-recovery AIA: Interest in kitchens, baths points way to recovery Posted by ScottG
Trends survey by American Institute of Architects finds more interest in kitchens and baths, and greater attention to use of technology ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28268/aia-interest-in-kitchens-baths-points-way-to-recovery
<![CDATA[Survey Says: The Single-Family Home Is Still King]]> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:19:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28174/survey-says-the-single-family-home-is-still-king http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28174/survey-says-the-single-family-home-is-still-king Survey Says: The Single-Family Home Is Still King Posted by ScottG
A National Association of Home Builders survey dives deeply into the psyche of American homebuyers, and their preferences may surprise you. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28174/survey-says-the-single-family-home-is-still-king
<![CDATA[Monitoring a High-Performance House]]> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:05:23 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28170/monitoring-a-high-performance-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28170/monitoring-a-high-performance-house Monitoring a High-Performance House Posted by ScottG
Wonder how all that high-tech heating and ventilation equipment is really doing? InView Passive will tell you. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28170/monitoring-a-high-performance-house
<![CDATA[Senate bill would ease EPA paint rule]]> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:06:37 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28226/senate-bill-would-ease-epa-paint-rule http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28226/senate-bill-would-ease-epa-paint-rule Senate bill would ease EPA paint rule Posted by ScottG
Amendment would restore opt-out provisions that the EPA dropped in 2010 ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28226/senate-bill-would-ease-epa-paint-rule
<![CDATA[How to Fix a Sagging Beam]]> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:45:18 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26324/how-to-fix-a-sagging-beam http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26324/how-to-fix-a-sagging-beam How to Fix a Sagging Beam Posted by ScottG
According to an engineer's calculations, the built-up beam over pboneox1's kitchen will be strong enough to carry the intended structural loads. But there's no question it's sagging, and that has pboneox1 wondering what, if anything, he should do about it. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26324/how-to-fix-a-sagging-beam
<![CDATA[Can Steel Framing Be Used in High-Performance Houses?]]> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:58:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26540/can-steel-framing-be-used-in-high-performance-houses http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26540/can-steel-framing-be-used-in-high-performance-houses Can Steel Framing Be Used in High-Performance Houses? Posted by ScottG
Light-gauge steel framing has several advantages in residential construction: it's straight, light and cost competitive with dimensional lumber. It's also an excellent heat conductor, and that has a builder wondering whether steel framing has any place in his energy-efficient home. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26540/can-steel-framing-be-used-in-high-performance-houses
<![CDATA[How to Pour a Rock-Solid, Well-Insulated Garage Slab]]> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 16:30:23 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15902/how-to-pour-a-rock-solid-well-insulated-garage-slab http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15902/how-to-pour-a-rock-solid-well-insulated-garage-slab How to Pour a Rock-Solid, Well-Insulated Garage Slab Posted by ScottG
Combining strength and thermal efficiency in a garage slab that will carry a lot of weight ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15902/how-to-pour-a-rock-solid-well-insulated-garage-slab
<![CDATA[Sorting Out Options for Whole-House Ventilation]]> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:24:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26185/sorting-out-options-for-whole-house-ventilation http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26185/sorting-out-options-for-whole-house-ventilation Sorting Out Options for Whole-House Ventilation Posted by ScottG
A couple building a house struggles to choose a fresh-air-circulation system that will keep their home healthful without breaking the bank ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26185/sorting-out-options-for-whole-house-ventilation
<![CDATA[Online Reviews Can Hurt Contractors and Homeowners]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:55:33 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26122/online-reviews-can-hurt-contractors-and-homeowners http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26122/online-reviews-can-hurt-contractors-and-homeowners Online Reviews Can Hurt Contractors and Homeowners Posted by ScottG
An unhappy customer pans her renovation contractor on Yelp, and the builder responds with a $750,000 defamation lawsuit. Have you been embroiled in an internet dispute? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26122/online-reviews-can-hurt-contractors-and-homeowners
<![CDATA[How to Repair a Butchered Floor Joist]]> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:01:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26026/how-to-repair-a-butchered-floor-joist http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26026/how-to-repair-a-butchered-floor-joist How to Repair a Butchered Floor Joist Posted by ScottG
There's no question the criticism is often undeserved, but plumbers nonetheless have a reputation for taking a recip saw to studs, joists, and rafters when they get in the way of supply and drain lines. The result, as Tackitybits has discovered, can be tough to fix. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/26026/how-to-repair-a-butchered-floor-joist
<![CDATA[What's Better: Crawlspace or Slab-on-Grade?]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 10:14:50 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15173/whats-better-crawlspace-or-slab-on-grade http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15173/whats-better-crawlspace-or-slab-on-grade What's Better: Crawlspace or Slab-on-Grade? Posted by ScottG
A 74-year-old planning a new home in North Carolina ponders the relative advantages of a crawl space and a slab. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15173/whats-better-crawlspace-or-slab-on-grade
<![CDATA[Using Housewrap for Insulation Baffles]]> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:26:55 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25504/using-housewrap-for-insulation-baffles http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25504/using-housewrap-for-insulation-baffles Using Housewrap for Insulation Baffles Posted by ScottG
A bargain-hunting builder searches for an alternative to commercially available insulation baffles for use in a cathedral ceiling. Can he fashion something from a $30 roll of housewrap? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25504/using-housewrap-for-insulation-baffles
<![CDATA[Are you asking for problems if you put a plastic vapor barrier in your walls?]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:03:55 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25199/are-you-asking-for-problems-if-you-put-a-plastic-vapor-barrier-in-your-walls http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25199/are-you-asking-for-problems-if-you-put-a-plastic-vapor-barrier-in-your-walls Are you asking for problems if you put a plastic vapor barrier in your walls? Posted by ScottG
Once routine, polyethylene vapor barriers are out of favor in all but the coldest climates. Writing on behalf of a friend in Chicago, Ed says he gets that. But he wonders about the risks of building a house without one when no special care is taken to make the house airtight. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25199/are-you-asking-for-problems-if-you-put-a-plastic-vapor-barrier-in-your-walls
<![CDATA[Should Builders Provide Free Estimates?]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:02:13 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25156/should-builders-provide-free-estimates http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25156/should-builders-provide-free-estimates Should Builders Provide Free Estimates? Posted by ScottG
Potential customers seem to love them, and why not? But pros are divided, some insisting that providing estimates is part of running a business and others just as adamant that would-be customers should be charged. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25156/should-builders-provide-free-estimates
<![CDATA[Searching for Clues to Wet Sheathing]]> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 09:32:14 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/24987/searching-for-clues-to-wet-sheathing http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/24987/searching-for-clues-to-wet-sheathing Searching for Clues to Wet Sheathing Posted by ScottG
A 6-year-old house on the Washington coast looked like an enviable retirement home, but a closer inspection finds wet OSB sheathing and the homeowner wonders whether the underlayment is to blame. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/24987/searching-for-clues-to-wet-sheathing
<![CDATA[Choosing Between an Air-Source and Ground-Source Heat Pump]]> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 09:23:28 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/24067/choosing-between-an-air-source-and-ground-source-heat-pump http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/24067/choosing-between-an-air-source-and-ground-source-heat-pump Choosing Between an Air-Source and Ground-Source Heat Pump Posted by ScottG
A homeowner planning a tight, well-insulated house is grappling with a key decision: whether to choose an air-source or ground-source heat pump for heating and cooling. What's the best call? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/24067/choosing-between-an-air-source-and-ground-source-heat-pump
<![CDATA[Choosing a Cost-Effective Wall System]]> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 08:38:31 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23863/choosing-a-cost-effective-wall-system http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23863/choosing-a-cost-effective-wall-system Choosing a Cost-Effective Wall System Posted by ScottG
Erik Olofsson wants to build an energy-efficient house in the mountains of British Columbia, something with walls close to R-40. He wonders whether a double-stud wall is the most economical way to reach his goals. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23863/choosing-a-cost-effective-wall-system
<![CDATA[What's the Best Way to Install Cedar-Shingle Siding on an Old House?]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:47:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21443/whats-the-best-way-to-install-cedar-shingle-siding-on-an-old-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21443/whats-the-best-way-to-install-cedar-shingle-siding-on-an-old-house What's the Best Way to Install Cedar-Shingle Siding on an Old House? Posted by ScottG
New shingles are going over the old as part of a lead-abatement program, but the contractor who won the job is using techniques that make the homeowner nervous. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21443/whats-the-best-way-to-install-cedar-shingle-siding-on-an-old-house
<![CDATA[How to Stay Cool With a Metal Roof]]> Tue, 22 May 2012 09:01:52 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23419/how-to-stay-cool-with-a-metal-roof http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23419/how-to-stay-cool-with-a-metal-roof How to Stay Cool With a Metal Roof Posted by ScottG
David Martin is thinking about a new roof, and he likes the idea of a standing-seam metal roof. The roofing is durable, recyclable and may actually cut his energy bill. Or will it? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23419/how-to-stay-cool-with-a-metal-roof
<![CDATA[Should vinyl siding be installed over furring strips?]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:32:26 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23008/should-vinyl-siding-be-installed-over-furring-strips http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23008/should-vinyl-siding-be-installed-over-furring-strips Should vinyl siding be installed over furring strips? Posted by ScottG
As builders and homeowners get more energy-savvy, they often choose an exterior wall assembly that includes rigid foam insulation over the sheathing, followed by furring strips and then the siding. But is this technique appropriate for vinyl siding? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23008/should-vinyl-siding-be-installed-over-furring-strips
<![CDATA[The Downside of Using Structural Steel]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 09:23:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17609/the-downside-of-using-structural-steel http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17609/the-downside-of-using-structural-steel The Downside of Using Structural Steel Posted by ScottG
A Seattle homeowner worries that steel I-beams used to support cantilevered floors in this modernist design will wick in cold temperatures from the outside ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17609/the-downside-of-using-structural-steel
<![CDATA[How to Live with Radiant-Floor Heat]]> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 09:07:06 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22449/how-to-live-with-radiant-floor-heat http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22449/how-to-live-with-radiant-floor-heat How to Live with Radiant-Floor Heat Posted by ScottG
Radiant-floor heating systems often include concrete slab floors, a combination that should produce steady temperatures without the frequent ups and downs of forced-air systems. But there's a catch: because the slab is slower to respond to changes in temperature, whether to turn down the thermostat at night becomes more than a simple question. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22449/how-to-live-with-radiant-floor-heat
<![CDATA[A New Roof is an Opportunity to Add More Insulation]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 08:48:52 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17892/a-new-roof-is-an-opportunity-to-add-more-insulation http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17892/a-new-roof-is-an-opportunity-to-add-more-insulation A New Roof is an Opportunity to Add More Insulation Posted by ScottG
A homeowner in Baltimore needs to replace the built-up asphalt roof on his house, and wonders how to insulate it effectively at the same time ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17892/a-new-roof-is-an-opportunity-to-add-more-insulation
<![CDATA[Master Carpenter Video: How To Fit Inset Cabinet Doors]]> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 16:13:56 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22458/master-carpenter-video-how-to-fit-inset-cabinet-doors http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22458/master-carpenter-video-how-to-fit-inset-cabinet-doors Master Carpenter Video: How To Fit Inset Cabinet Doors Posted by ScottG
Fine Homebuilding goes on the road to learn the ins and outs of what it means to be a master carpenter ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22458/master-carpenter-video-how-to-fit-inset-cabinet-doors
<![CDATA[What's the Best Way to Install Rainscreen Siding?]]> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 15:35:55 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22452/whats-the-best-way-to-install-rainscreen-siding http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22452/whats-the-best-way-to-install-rainscreen-siding What's the Best Way to Install Rainscreen Siding? Posted by ScottG
A builder planning a new house plans to include a rainscreen, an exterior detail that separates the sheathing from the finish cladding with furring strips. He'd like to install the furring horizontally instead of in the more typical vertical orientation. Is that a problem? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22452/whats-the-best-way-to-install-rainscreen-siding
<![CDATA[How to Store Solar Energy Under a Concrete Slab]]> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 10:00:49 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16348/how-to-store-solar-energy-under-a-concrete-slab http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16348/how-to-store-solar-energy-under-a-concrete-slab How to Store Solar Energy Under a Concrete Slab Posted by ScottG
Some builders have successfully experimented with storing heat in a thick layer of sand under a slab and using the insulated thermal mass for heat. But skeptics still think the idea is mostly hot air. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16348/how-to-store-solar-energy-under-a-concrete-slab
<![CDATA[Protecting a SIPs Roof From Decay]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 15:48:38 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/18022/protecting-a-sips-roof-from-decay http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/18022/protecting-a-sips-roof-from-decay Protecting a SIPs Roof From Decay Posted by ScottG
Structural insulated panels do an excellent job of keeping energy losses to a minimum, but they're also susceptible to moisture damage unless detailed correctly ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/18022/protecting-a-sips-roof-from-decay
<![CDATA[Should Rafters be Encapsulated by Spray-Foam?]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:02:06 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16750/should-rafters-be-encapsulated-by-spray-foam http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16750/should-rafters-be-encapsulated-by-spray-foam Should Rafters be Encapsulated by Spray-Foam? Posted by ScottG
Even experts continue to be confused about the permissible thickness of foam insulation sprayed onto the underside of a roof deck ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16750/should-rafters-be-encapsulated-by-spray-foam
<![CDATA[Weighing the Merits of Spray-Foam Insulation]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 10:47:53 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21509/weighing-the-merits-of-spray-foam-insulation http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21509/weighing-the-merits-of-spray-foam-insulation Weighing the Merits of Spray-Foam Insulation Posted by ScottG
A homeowner looking to upgrade the insulation in his 90-year-old Cape is thinking about contracting for spray-in foam. But he's got conflicting advice from installers and wonders whether closed-cell or open-cell foam is the way to go. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21509/weighing-the-merits-of-spray-foam-insulation
<![CDATA[Can a Slab Foundation be Insulated Without Rigid Foam?]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:53:51 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15822/can-a-slab-foundation-be-insulated-without-rigid-foam http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15822/can-a-slab-foundation-be-insulated-without-rigid-foam Can a Slab Foundation be Insulated Without Rigid Foam? Posted by ScottG
Energy efficient buildings typically incorporate insulation beneath their concrete slabs, and the go-to choice is sheets of rigid foam. Are there alternatives? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15822/can-a-slab-foundation-be-insulated-without-rigid-foam
<![CDATA[Does Super-Insulation Make Sense in New Orleans?]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 15:26:25 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/18278/does-super-insulation-make-sense-in-new-orleans http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/18278/does-super-insulation-make-sense-in-new-orleans Does Super-Insulation Make Sense in New Orleans? Posted by ScottG
A winning design for an energy-efficient house in the Deep South sparks a conversation on whether high R-values can make a house harder to cool. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/18278/does-super-insulation-make-sense-in-new-orleans
<![CDATA[Is a Masonry Heater the Right Choice for a Superinsulated House?]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 14:33:09 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15411/is-a-masonry-heater-the-right-choice-for-a-superinsulated-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15411/is-a-masonry-heater-the-right-choice-for-a-superinsulated-house Is a Masonry Heater the Right Choice for a Superinsulated House? Posted by ScottG
John Hess is planning to build a super-insulated house in New England, and is considering a masonry heater. These high-mass heaters require a fire only once or twice a day, but would one be overkill in a super-tight, high efficiency home? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15411/is-a-masonry-heater-the-right-choice-for-a-superinsulated-house
<![CDATA[How to Provide Combustion Air for a Wood Stove]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 13:58:57 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21345/how-to-provide-combustion-air-for-a-wood-stove http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21345/how-to-provide-combustion-air-for-a-wood-stove How to Provide Combustion Air for a Wood Stove Posted by ScottG
A wood stove in an old, leaky house? No problem. Air consumed by the stove could easily be replaced via the abundant air leaks that most old houses had. In airtight construction, it's a different question. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21345/how-to-provide-combustion-air-for-a-wood-stove
<![CDATA[Can an Unvented Cathedral Ceiling be Insulated with Dense-Pack Rock Wool?]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:08:23 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16009/can-an-unvented-cathedral-ceiling-be-insulated-with-dense-pack-rock-wool http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16009/can-an-unvented-cathedral-ceiling-be-insulated-with-dense-pack-rock-wool Can an Unvented Cathedral Ceiling be Insulated with Dense-Pack Rock Wool? Posted by ScottG
A homeowner building a house in Massachusetts asks for advice on insulating a cathedral ceiling ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16009/can-an-unvented-cathedral-ceiling-be-insulated-with-dense-pack-rock-wool
<![CDATA[How to Lay Tile Over a Concrete Slab]]> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 14:14:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21282/how-to-lay-tile-over-a-concrete-slab http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21282/how-to-lay-tile-over-a-concrete-slab How to Lay Tile Over a Concrete Slab Posted by ScottG
Uncoupling membranes used between a tile floor and a concrete slab should prevent any cracks in the concrete from affecting the tile, but will it lower the thermal mass potential of the concrete? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21282/how-to-lay-tile-over-a-concrete-slab
<![CDATA[Choosing the Best High Performance Wall System]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 14:53:59 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19688/choosing-the-best-high-performance-wall-system http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19688/choosing-the-best-high-performance-wall-system Choosing the Best High Performance Wall System Posted by ScottG
Planning a house for a cold climate, a builder weighs the merits of double 2x4 stud walls vs. 2x6 walls with exterior rigid foam insulation. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19688/choosing-the-best-high-performance-wall-system
<![CDATA[Windows in Historic Homes: Repair or Replace?]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 10:47:56 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21164/windows-in-historic-homes-repair-or-replace http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21164/windows-in-historic-homes-repair-or-replace Windows in Historic Homes: Repair or Replace? Posted by ScottG
Historic preservation rules may prohibit the replacement of single-pane windows that contribute to energy losses. Are these edicts reasonable, or do they represent the triumph of tradition over common sense? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21164/windows-in-historic-homes-repair-or-replace
<![CDATA[How to Build a 'Perfect Wall']]> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 11:05:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/18335/how-to-build-a-perfect-wall http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/18335/how-to-build-a-perfect-wall How to Build a 'Perfect Wall' Posted by ScottG
Adding rigid foam insulation to the outside of the building reduces thermal bridging. Choosing the right insulation for the wall cavity is another question altogether ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/18335/how-to-build-a-perfect-wall
<![CDATA[Tracking Down a Mystery Gas Leak]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:51:51 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21073/tracking-down-a-mystery-gas-leak http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21073/tracking-down-a-mystery-gas-leak Tracking Down a Mystery Gas Leak Posted by ScottG
'Massive' air leaks in a one-year-old house prompt the homeowner to schedule an energy audit, and what he finds is an apparent natural gas leak ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21073/tracking-down-a-mystery-gas-leak
<![CDATA[What's the Best Way of Insulating a Crawl Space?]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 16:51:29 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17322/whats-the-best-way-of-insulating-a-crawl-space http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17322/whats-the-best-way-of-insulating-a-crawl-space What's the Best Way of Insulating a Crawl Space? Posted by ScottG
A leaky crawl space can lower indoor air quality and make it harder to heat and cool a home. So what's the most effective way of dealing with the problem? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17322/whats-the-best-way-of-insulating-a-crawl-space
<![CDATA[Prevent a Powerful Range Hood From Backdrafting Your Furnace]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 14:15:48 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20973/prevent-a-powerful-range-hood-from-backdrafting-your-furnace http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20973/prevent-a-powerful-range-hood-from-backdrafting-your-furnace Prevent a Powerful Range Hood From Backdrafting Your Furnace Posted by ScottG
When the fan draws 900 cubic feet of air per minute, making provisions for makeup air becomes essential ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20973/prevent-a-powerful-range-hood-from-backdrafting-your-furnace
<![CDATA[How to Seal Leaky Air Ducts]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 14:13:15 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20833/how-to-seal-leaky-air-ducts http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20833/how-to-seal-leaky-air-ducts How to Seal Leaky Air Ducts Posted by ScottG
When ducts are hard to access, can they be effectively sealed from the inside? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20833/how-to-seal-leaky-air-ducts
<![CDATA[Improving Performance of a SIPs Roof]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 13:54:28 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20924/improving-performance-of-a-sips-roof http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20924/improving-performance-of-a-sips-roof Improving Performance of a SIPs Roof Posted by ScottG
A layer of foam added to the outside of a structural insulated panel should reduce heat losses via thermal bridging. The question is whether the foam will increase the risk of decay in the oriented strand board skin of the panel ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20924/improving-performance-of-a-sips-roof
<![CDATA[Are Small-Scale Environmental-Protection Efforts a Waste of Time?]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 16:19:32 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20363/are-small-scale-environmental-protection-efforts-a-waste-of-time http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20363/are-small-scale-environmental-protection-efforts-a-waste-of-time Are Small-Scale Environmental-Protection Efforts a Waste of Time? Posted by ScottG
One of the cornerstones of green building is acting on an individual level to reduce energy consumption and conserve natural resources. But some believe it accomplishes very little in the overall scheme of things ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20363/are-small-scale-environmental-protection-efforts-a-waste-of-time
<![CDATA[Insulating a Maine Roof with Dense-Pack Cellulose]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 13:36:49 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20754/insulating-a-maine-roof-with-dense-pack-cellulose http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20754/insulating-a-maine-roof-with-dense-pack-cellulose Insulating a Maine Roof with Dense-Pack Cellulose Posted by ScottG
A homeowner is moving ahead with plans for an unvented roof insulated with a combination of dense-pack cellulose and rigid foam board. Will moisture be a problem? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20754/insulating-a-maine-roof-with-dense-pack-cellulose
<![CDATA[After the Storm: Tales of Home Repair]]> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 16:00:22 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20884/after-the-storm-tales-of-home-repair http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20884/after-the-storm-tales-of-home-repair After the Storm: Tales of Home Repair Posted by ScottG
Storm damage can range from broken rafters to smashed windows and shredded roof shingles. Repairs don't always go as smoothly as they should, and sometimes uncover shortcuts taken in the past ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20884/after-the-storm-tales-of-home-repair
<![CDATA[Using Polyethylene as an Air Barrier]]> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:31:27 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20599/using-polyethylene-as-an-air-barrier http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20599/using-polyethylene-as-an-air-barrier Using Polyethylene as an Air Barrier Posted by ScottG
Although polyethylene sheeting has fallen out of favor as a vapor retarder in most wall and ceiling assemblies, opinion is mixed on whether it can be used as an air barrier ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20599/using-polyethylene-as-an-air-barrier
<![CDATA[Are Code-Mandated Air-Sealing Tests a Financial Burden to Builders?]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 11:43:29 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20492/are-code-mandated-air-sealing-tests-a-financial-burden-to-builders http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20492/are-code-mandated-air-sealing-tests-a-financial-burden-to-builders Are Code-Mandated Air-Sealing Tests a Financial Burden to Builders? Posted by ScottG
An owner/builder, worried that required blower-door tests could cost him thousands of dollars, decides not to seek a building permit after all ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20492/are-code-mandated-air-sealing-tests-a-financial-burden-to-builders
<![CDATA[Building a New High-Performance House in Massachusetts]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 10:01:44 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20421/building-a-new-high-performance-house-in-massachusetts http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20421/building-a-new-high-performance-house-in-massachusetts Building a New High-Performance House in Massachusetts Posted by ScottG
A double-stud wall house with radiant-floor slab and a high performance propane hot-water heater is on the drawing boards. Care to comment? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20421/building-a-new-high-performance-house-in-massachusetts
<![CDATA[How to Insulate Concrete Foundation Walls From the Inside Out]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 11:29:18 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19258/how-to-insulate-concrete-foundation-walls-from-the-inside-out http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19258/how-to-insulate-concrete-foundation-walls-from-the-inside-out How to Insulate Concrete Foundation Walls From the Inside Out Posted by ScottG
A builder planning a high-efficiency spec house wants to insulate the foundation walls, and is considering a type of panel that incorporates an inner layer of rigid foam insulation and two outer layers of concrete. Will it work? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19258/how-to-insulate-concrete-foundation-walls-from-the-inside-out
<![CDATA[Can't We Build Simple, Low-Tech Homes and Still Be Comfortable?]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 13:27:46 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20278/cant-we-build-simple-low-tech-homes-and-still-be-comfortable http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20278/cant-we-build-simple-low-tech-homes-and-still-be-comfortable Can't We Build Simple, Low-Tech Homes and Still Be Comfortable? Posted by ScottG
A Massachusetts homeowner wonders how a green design might look for someone who likes to keep the windows open and the heat turned down ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20278/cant-we-build-simple-low-tech-homes-and-still-be-comfortable
<![CDATA[The Downside of Running a Dehumidifier]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:25:20 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20020/the-downside-of-running-a-dehumidifier http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20020/the-downside-of-running-a-dehumidifier The Downside of Running a Dehumidifier Posted by ScottG
In a superinsulated house, appliances generate heat that is slow to dissipate ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20020/the-downside-of-running-a-dehumidifier
<![CDATA[Designing and Building Homes That Stay Accessible]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 15:53:43 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20282/designing-and-building-homes-that-stay-accessible http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20282/designing-and-building-homes-that-stay-accessible Designing and Building Homes That Stay Accessible Posted by ScottG
The right features make it easier for homeowners to stay put as they age ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20282/designing-and-building-homes-that-stay-accessible
<![CDATA[Are LED Lights a Waste of Money?]]> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 13:57:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19989/are-led-lights-a-waste-of-money http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19989/are-led-lights-a-waste-of-money Are LED Lights a Waste of Money? Posted by ScottG
Compact fluorescent lamps are gradually taking the place of standard incandescent bulbs, but light-emitting diodes are another, if more expensive, option. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19989/are-led-lights-a-waste-of-money
<![CDATA[Where to Spend Your Money: Superinsulation or a High-Tech Heating System?]]> Sat, 27 Aug 2011 03:46:41 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19920/where-to-spend-your-money-superinsulation-or-a-high-tech-heating-system http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19920/where-to-spend-your-money-superinsulation-or-a-high-tech-heating-system Where to Spend Your Money: Superinsulation or a High-Tech Heating System? Posted by ScottG
What's the best plan: investing in high-quality windows and insulation, or a high-efficiency heating system? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/19920/where-to-spend-your-money-superinsulation-or-a-high-tech-heating-system
<![CDATA[How to Get Ready For the Next Big Storm]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 12:32:36 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20018/how-to-get-ready-for-the-next-big-storm http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20018/how-to-get-ready-for-the-next-big-storm How to Get Ready For the Next Big Storm Posted by ScottG
Irene's damage is done, but it's never too early to start preparing for the next natural disaster ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20018/how-to-get-ready-for-the-next-big-storm
<![CDATA[Do Rules on Disturbing Lead Paint Apply to a Detached Garage?]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:33:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17839/do-rules-on-disturbing-lead-paint-apply-to-a-detached-garage http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17839/do-rules-on-disturbing-lead-paint-apply-to-a-detached-garage ScottG
A neighbor has hired someone to clean and paint a detached garage on his property, and now paint chips presumably containing lead are everywhere ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17839/do-rules-on-disturbing-lead-paint-apply-to-a-detached-garage
<![CDATA[How to Boost a Construction Business with a Website]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 15:35:51 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13920/how-to-boost-a-construction-business-with-a-website http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13920/how-to-boost-a-construction-business-with-a-website ScottG
The internet is an unrivaled source of information, but the World Wide Web also can be an unrivaled source of intimidation when you're thinking of launching a web site to increase business. How to start? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13920/how-to-boost-a-construction-business-with-a-website
<![CDATA[Summer is the Time to Head Off Ice Dams ]]> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 15:08:59 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17734/summer-is-the-time-to-head-off-ice-dams http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17734/summer-is-the-time-to-head-off-ice-dams Summer is the Time to Head Off Ice Dams Posted by ScottG
Corrective action now will prevent ice dams and water intrusion when winter rolls around again ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17734/summer-is-the-time-to-head-off-ice-dams
<![CDATA[A Damp Basement has a Dehumidifier Running Overtime]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 10:10:04 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13784/a-damp-basement-has-a-dehumidifier-running-overtime http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13784/a-damp-basement-has-a-dehumidifier-running-overtime A Damp Basement has a Dehumidifier Running Overtime Posted by ScottG
A homeowner in Atlanta has taken all of the usual precautions to keep moisture out of the basement. But he's still running a dehumidifier around the clock. Is there something else he can try? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13784/a-damp-basement-has-a-dehumidifier-running-overtime
<![CDATA[How to Prevent Cracks in Drywall ]]> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 15:30:39 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16759/how-to-prevent-cracks-in-drywall http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16759/how-to-prevent-cracks-in-drywall How to Prevent Cracks in Drywall Posted by ScottG
A remodeling contractor and self-described perfectionist is bugged about defects that have appeared in a ceiling he's just installed ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16759/how-to-prevent-cracks-in-drywall
<![CDATA[How to Form a Custom Concrete Pier for a Porch]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 19:01:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17510/how-to-form-a-custom-concrete-pier-for-a-porch http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17510/how-to-form-a-custom-concrete-pier-for-a-porch How to Form a Custom Concrete Pier for a Porch Posted by ScottG
A builder who doesn't like the look of conventional cylindrical forms looks for way to make his own ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17510/how-to-form-a-custom-concrete-pier-for-a-porch
<![CDATA[When Insulation in the Roof Isn't There]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 23:01:46 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/18043/when-insulation-in-the-roof-isnt-there http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/18043/when-insulation-in-the-roof-isnt-there When Insulation in the Roof Isn't There Posted by ScottG
The owner of a New Hampshire beach house may have a great view of the ocean, but there's not a shred of insulation in the roof. What now? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/18043/when-insulation-in-the-roof-isnt-there
<![CDATA[Making a House Livable Trumps Energy Efficiency]]> Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:35:51 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17474/making-a-house-livable-trumps-energy-efficiency http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17474/making-a-house-livable-trumps-energy-efficiency Making a House Livable Trumps Energy Efficiency Posted by ScottG
A couple planning to build a high-performance house have come across some plans that interest them. They turn to the Q&A forum at GreenBuildingAdvisor to ask whether anyone can make suggestions for improving the design. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17474/making-a-house-livable-trumps-energy-efficiency
<![CDATA[Getting the Details Right for an Unvented Roof]]> Tue, 24 May 2011 15:16:09 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17218/getting-the-details-right-for-an-unvented-roof http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17218/getting-the-details-right-for-an-unvented-roof Getting the Details Right for an Unvented Roof Posted by ScottG
The roof is on, and insulation contractors are now advising Ted Storm on how much open-cell foam to spray on the back side of the roof deck. Three contractors suggest the same thing, but is their advice on the right track? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17218/getting-the-details-right-for-an-unvented-roof
<![CDATA[Insulating an Old House from the Outside ]]> Wed, 04 May 2011 14:59:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16809/insulating-an-old-house-from-the-outside http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16809/insulating-an-old-house-from-the-outside Insulating an Old House from the Outside Posted by ScottG
A 50-year-old house is about to get an overhaul that will include new sheathing, siding and wall insulation, but the owner is sweating the details ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16809/insulating-an-old-house-from-the-outside
<![CDATA[When Does a Conditioned Attic Make Sense?]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 09:05:55 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16669/when-does-a-conditioned-attic-make-sense http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16669/when-does-a-conditioned-attic-make-sense When Does a Conditioned Attic Make Sense? Posted by ScottG
An Oklahoma builder who builds relatively large, single-story homes wonders whether his best approach is to turn the attic into a conditioned space with the use of spray polyurethane insulation. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16669/when-does-a-conditioned-attic-make-sense
<![CDATA[How to Keep Dangerous Garage Fumes Out of the House]]> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 09:32:50 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16283/how-to-keep-dangerous-garage-fumes-out-of-the-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16283/how-to-keep-dangerous-garage-fumes-out-of-the-house How to Keep Dangerous Garage Fumes Out of the House Posted by ScottG
An attached garage saves money and materials during construction, but it also makes it tougher to maintain high indoor air quality. Are there solutions to the problem? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16283/how-to-keep-dangerous-garage-fumes-out-of-the-house
<![CDATA[How to Level Up Concrete Piers?]]> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:08:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13821/how-to-level-up-concrete-piers http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13821/how-to-level-up-concrete-piers How to Level Up Concrete Piers? Posted by ScottG
A rushed job results in piers with uneven tops, and now the builder wonders how to proceed: level the tops before setting his posts or pull out the piers and start again. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13821/how-to-level-up-concrete-piers
<![CDATA[A Building Debate That Just Won't Go Away]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:08:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16236/a-building-debate-that-just-wont-go-away http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16236/a-building-debate-that-just-wont-go-away A Building Debate That Just Won't Go Away Posted by ScottG
It's been more than 70 years since someone first recommended the use of a vapor barrier to reduce the risk of condensation inside wall cavities. The recommendation can still spark a debate. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16236/a-building-debate-that-just-wont-go-away
<![CDATA[Does It Pay to Use the Most Energy-Efficient Windows?]]> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:15:02 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16161/does-it-pay-to-use-the-most-energy-efficient-windows http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16161/does-it-pay-to-use-the-most-energy-efficient-windows Does It Pay to Use the Most Energy-Efficient Windows? Posted by ScottG
High-performance windows aren't cheap, but many experts say the energy savings and increased indoor comfort justify the cost. Is this really the case? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16161/does-it-pay-to-use-the-most-energy-efficient-windows
<![CDATA[How to Calculate Savings from Energy Improvements]]> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 11:25:31 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16078/how-to-calculate-savings-from-energy-improvements http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16078/how-to-calculate-savings-from-energy-improvements How to Calculate Savings from Energy Improvements Posted by ScottG
Is there a reliable way of estimating lower energy costs, or are there too many variables? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16078/how-to-calculate-savings-from-energy-improvements
<![CDATA[Will Passivhaus or passive solar be the best fit for this project?]]> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 15:48:44 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15973/will-passivhaus-or-passive-solar-be-the-best-fit-for-this-project http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15973/will-passivhaus-or-passive-solar-be-the-best-fit-for-this-project Will Passivhaus or passive solar be the best fit for this project? Posted by ScottG
A Pennsylvania homeowner is planning to downsize into a smaller house and looks for a prescription for energy efficiency on a small budget. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15973/will-passivhaus-or-passive-solar-be-the-best-fit-for-this-project
<![CDATA[How to Reinforce 2x6 Ceiling Joists to Handle Heavy Loads]]> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 11:35:20 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14218/how-to-reinforce-2x6-ceiling-joists-to-handle-heavy-loads http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14218/how-to-reinforce-2x6-ceiling-joists-to-handle-heavy-loads How to Reinforce 2x6 Ceiling Joists to Handle Heavy Loads Posted by ScottG
After building a new workshop, the owner belatedly realizes the 2x6 joists may not be strong enough to support the weight of hardwood lumber he wants to store overhead. Now what? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14218/how-to-reinforce-2x6-ceiling-joists-to-handle-heavy-loads
<![CDATA[Is Radiant Floor Heating the Best Way To Warm A Well-Insulated House?]]> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 11:27:10 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15823/is-radiant-floor-heating-the-best-way-to-warm-a-well-insulated-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15823/is-radiant-floor-heating-the-best-way-to-warm-a-well-insulated-house Is Radiant Floor Heating the Best Way To Warm A Well-Insulated House? Posted by ScottG
Lukas Smith is looking for the best way to build the radiant-heating system in his new home in southern Ontario. But, feedback from folks in the forums is causing him to think twice about using radiant heat at all. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15823/is-radiant-floor-heating-the-best-way-to-warm-a-well-insulated-house
<![CDATA[Can Open-Cell Foam Waste be Used as Attic Insulation?]]> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 15:10:10 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15319/can-open-cell-foam-waste-be-used-as-attic-insulation http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15319/can-open-cell-foam-waste-be-used-as-attic-insulation Can Open-Cell Foam Waste be Used as Attic Insulation? Posted by ScottG
A homeowner is stuck with "bags and bags" of excess foam after the walls of his house have been sprayed. Can it be broken up into smaller pieces and added to the batt insulation in his attic? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15319/can-open-cell-foam-waste-be-used-as-attic-insulation
<![CDATA[Will Double Stud Wall Construction Bring Efficiency at a Modest Cost?]]> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 16:57:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15252/will-double-stud-wall-construction-bring-efficiency-at-a-modest-cost http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15252/will-double-stud-wall-construction-bring-efficiency-at-a-modest-cost Will Double Stud Wall Construction Bring Efficiency at a Modest Cost? Posted by ScottG
An owner-builder in western Washington State with a strict construction budget wonders how to get the energy efficiency she wants with what she has to spend. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15252/will-double-stud-wall-construction-bring-efficiency-at-a-modest-cost
<![CDATA[How to Drum Up More Remodeling Business -- Should I Pay to Estimate?]]> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 16:44:59 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14123/how-to-drum-up-more-remodeling-business-should-i-pay-to-estimate http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14123/how-to-drum-up-more-remodeling-business-should-i-pay-to-estimate How to Drum Up More Remodeling Business -- Should I Pay to Estimate? Posted by ScottG
Even in the best of times, getting new business isn't easy. When buying newspaper ads or relying on word-of-mouth referrals isn't getting it done, what are some off-beat approaches to reeling in new paying customers? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14123/how-to-drum-up-more-remodeling-business-should-i-pay-to-estimate
<![CDATA[How to Make a 1930s Bungalow Cozy ]]> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 15:53:40 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14819/how-to-make-a-1930s-bungalow-cozy http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14819/how-to-make-a-1930s-bungalow-cozy How to Make a 1930s Bungalow Cozy Posted by ScottG
A bungalow in northern Massachusetts has been renovated twice in the last 10 years but still has a major weakness when it comes to energy efficiency: an uninsulated field stone basement and a furnace and air handler located in an unconditioned attic. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14819/how-to-make-a-1930s-bungalow-cozy
<![CDATA[What's Worse: Air Leaks or Not Enough Insulation]]> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 11:23:22 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14657/whats-worse-air-leaks-or-not-enough-insulation http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14657/whats-worse-air-leaks-or-not-enough-insulation What's Worse: Air Leaks or Not Enough Insulation Posted by ScottG
Al Cobb's goal is simple: Build better houses and help consumers make better choices. To do that more effectively, he wants to understand the root causes of heat loss a little better. Are air leaks or low insulation levels the real culprit? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14657/whats-worse-air-leaks-or-not-enough-insulation
<![CDATA[Are There Hidden Dangers with PEX Plumbing?]]> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 12:03:53 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14632/are-there-hidden-dangers-with-pex-plumbing http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14632/are-there-hidden-dangers-with-pex-plumbing Are There Hidden Dangers with PEX Plumbing? Posted by ScottG
Experienced builders disagree about whether there's enough information about this popular tubing's health hazards. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14632/are-there-hidden-dangers-with-pex-plumbing
<![CDATA[How to Attach a Deck Ledger to the House]]> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 10:34:46 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14656/how-to-attach-a-deck-ledger-to-the-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14656/how-to-attach-a-deck-ledger-to-the-house How to Attach a Deck Ledger to the House Posted by ScottG
Breaktime contributor Starboardtacker is looking for suggestions on how to attach a deck ledger to his house. Should he use pressure-treated blocks between the ledger and the house? Skip the blocks and use a few washers? Or is there another way? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14656/how-to-attach-a-deck-ledger-to-the-house
<![CDATA[Do Building Codes Really Do Us Any Good?]]> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 16:33:44 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14429/do-building-codes-really-do-us-any-good http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14429/do-building-codes-really-do-us-any-good Do Building Codes Really Do Us Any Good? Posted by ScottG
A Baltimore-area builder with 30 years of experience is discouraged with what he sees in the building industry: strict building codes but poorly trained carpenters. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14429/do-building-codes-really-do-us-any-good
<![CDATA[Is There a Checklist for Building a House?]]> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 15:37:29 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14256/is-there-a-checklist-for-building-a-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14256/is-there-a-checklist-for-building-a-house Is There a Checklist for Building a House? Posted by ScottG
Information on energy efficient homes and green design is readily available to anyone with an internet connection or library card. But wading through all of it is a massive undertaking. Is there a way of getting right to the point? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14256/is-there-a-checklist-for-building-a-house
<![CDATA[How to Protect and Finish Insulation on an Exterior Foundation Wall]]> Thu, 18 Nov 2010 15:30:48 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14183/how-to-protect-and-finish-insulation-on-an-exterior-foundation-wall http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14183/how-to-protect-and-finish-insulation-on-an-exterior-foundation-wall How to Protect and Finish Insulation on an Exterior Foundation Wall Posted by ScottG
Adding a layer of rigid-foam insulation to the outside of a poured concrete foundation saves energy, but it raises a key question: What's the best way of protecting and finishing the foam that remains above grade. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14183/how-to-protect-and-finish-insulation-on-an-exterior-foundation-wall
<![CDATA[How to Keep Noise Under Control]]> Tue, 09 Nov 2010 16:42:42 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14119/how-to-keep-noise-under-control http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14119/how-to-keep-noise-under-control How to Keep Noise Under Control Posted by ScottG
Too much noise is a nagging environmental problem that can be every bit as objectionable as cold air drafts or low indoor air quality. Noise from an outdoor source--a nearby freeway or construction... ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14119/how-to-keep-noise-under-control
<![CDATA[How to Convince Customers Not to Go the DIY Route?]]> Mon, 08 Nov 2010 12:00:08 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13696/how-to-convince-customers-not-to-go-the-diy-route http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13696/how-to-convince-customers-not-to-go-the-diy-route ScottG
What's the best approach with a couple that's divided over the scope of the work? The wife wants the contractor to build a complete house. The husband wants only a shell he can finish himself. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13696/how-to-convince-customers-not-to-go-the-diy-route
<![CDATA[What's the Best Vapor Barrier for a Concrete Slab?]]> Thu, 04 Nov 2010 09:22:19 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13941/whats-the-best-vapor-barrier-for-a-concrete-slab http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13941/whats-the-best-vapor-barrier-for-a-concrete-slab What's the Best Vapor Barrier for a Concrete Slab? Posted by ScottG
A homeowner with chemical sensitivities who lives near a Superfund site seeks the most effective way of keeping potential toxins out of her basement ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13941/whats-the-best-vapor-barrier-for-a-concrete-slab
<![CDATA[Should Builders Accept Credit Cards?]]> Tue, 02 Nov 2010 05:37:52 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13522/should-builders-accept-credit-cards http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13522/should-builders-accept-credit-cards ScottG
Staying in business means taking advantage of every opportunity to stand out in a field of competitors. Accepting credit cards is convenient for customers, but are their hidden hassles? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13522/should-builders-accept-credit-cards
<![CDATA[Can You Add Rigid-Foam Insulation On the Inside of a Wall?]]> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 16:56:46 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13841/can-you-add-rigid-foam-insulation-on-the-inside-of-a-wall http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13841/can-you-add-rigid-foam-insulation-on-the-inside-of-a-wall Can You Add Rigid-Foam Insulation On the Inside of a Wall? Posted by ScottG
Leaving exterior walls intact during a kitchen remodel, a builder has a plan for boosting the insulation and getting a good air seal by applying rigid foam on the inside. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13841/can-you-add-rigid-foam-insulation-on-the-inside-of-a-wall
<![CDATA[Radiant Floor Heating: Can One Floor Heat Two Stories?]]> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 10:41:14 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13594/radiant-floor-heating-can-one-floor-heat-two-stories http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13594/radiant-floor-heating-can-one-floor-heat-two-stories Radiant Floor Heating: Can One Floor Heat Two Stories? Posted by ScottG
  Would a house be comfortable if you just heat the bottom floor?   With 6,000 heating degree days a year, Omaha, Nebraska, isn’t exactly balmy come mid-winter. If a ranch-style house has a radiant-floor heating... ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13594/radiant-floor-heating-can-one-floor-heat-two-stories
<![CDATA[What's Wrong With This Picture?]]> Fri, 15 Oct 2010 17:05:55 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13221/whats-wrong-with-this-picture http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13221/whats-wrong-with-this-picture What's Wrong With This Picture? Posted by ScottG
A contractor has started framing canon4me's new house, and something in the basement has the homeowner scratching his head. A main carrying beam in the first floor ends at a window header, and canon4me worries the connection won't be strong enough. What to do? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13221/whats-wrong-with-this-picture
<![CDATA[Should Insulated Concrete Forms be Air-Sealed?]]> Wed, 06 Oct 2010 12:45:05 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13482/should-insulated-concrete-forms-be-air-sealed http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13482/should-insulated-concrete-forms-be-air-sealed Should Insulated Concrete Forms be Air-Sealed? Posted by ScottG
Roger Lin wants a very tight house, tight enough to meet the Passive House standard of 0.6 air changes per hour under a blower-door test. Lin will be using insulated concrete forms, which combine... ]]>
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<![CDATA[Charging for Design Advice: Bill Up-Front or Forget About it]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2010 20:32:20 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13478/charging-for-design-advice-bill-up-front-or-forget-about-it http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13478/charging-for-design-advice-bill-up-front-or-forget-about-it ScottG
A contractor with more than 30 years of experience has a problem. After helping a potential customer develop plans for an upcoming project, russellbriss was rebuffed when he politely asked for some compensation. Is this a legitimate beef or just "small potatoes?" ]]>
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<![CDATA[Who Pays for Mistakes in a Time and Materials Contract?]]> Wed, 15 Sep 2010 12:50:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13126/who-pays-for-mistakes-in-a-time-and-materials-contract http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13126/who-pays-for-mistakes-in-a-time-and-materials-contract Who Pays for Mistakes in a Time and Materials Contract? Posted by ScottG
When a builder working under a time and materials contract makes a mistake, should he eat the loss and correct the problem for free, or charge the homeowner for his trouble? ]]>
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<![CDATA[How Do I Splice a Deck Beam in the Middle of a Post?]]> Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:15:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13352/how-do-i-splice-a-deck-beam-in-the-middle-of-a-post http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13352/how-do-i-splice-a-deck-beam-in-the-middle-of-a-post How Do I Splice a Deck Beam in the Middle of a Post? Posted by ScottG
Pizza has designed a 14-ft. by 18-ft. free-standing deck at his house 40 miles west of Philadelphia. His dilemma? He doesn't know where to get his hands on 18-ft. stock for the full-length beams so he's planning on a mid-span splice. Will it work? ]]>
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<![CDATA[How to Choose an Insect Screen]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2009 15:58:26 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/5193/how-to-choose-an-insect-screen http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/5193/how-to-choose-an-insect-screen How to Choose an Insect Screen Posted by ScottG
There are screens out there for every budget and need. ]]>
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