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The 4 Major Window Frame Types - Southern US recommendations

The 4 Major Window Frame Types - Southern US recommendations

The 4 major window frame materials are Vinyl, Fiberglass/Composite, Aluminum, & Wood. In this video we will discuss the pros/cons of each type along with my recommendations for the Hot/Humid Southern US.

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Demystifying Window Labels - SHGC? U-Factor?

Demystifying Window Labels - SHGC? U-Factor?

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Learn to decipher the codes on the window labels, and know what stats to look for in a good window (and what meets current building codes). In this video I'll explain in plain english what U-Factor means (and how to relate it to R-value), as well as the meaning to SHGC.

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Vermont Super-insulated Ski Home

Vermont Super-insulated Ski Home

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This is a second home in Vermont in an area with many over-sized inefficient ski homes. We designed the home to be very low maintenence inside and out as well as maintain a comfortable temperature...

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CREE CR6 LED Recessed Light Review - 2 years later

CREE CR6 LED Recessed Light Review - 2 years later

We installed a house full of these CREE CR6 LED bulbs 2 years ago and I had a chance to interview the Architect/Client about his experience.

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See Through Tulikivi with Sunburst Hearth

See Through Tulikivi with Sunburst Hearth

This Tulikivi see through fireplace was put just inside a new addition. The Tulikivi became the perfect room divider addng gentle radiant heat to both the new and existing parts of the home. A copper...

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Tulikivi Fireplace in Frank Lloyd Wright home - McCartney House - Kalamazoo MI

Tulikivi Fireplace in Frank Lloyd Wright home - McCartney House - Kalamazoo MI

The customer was familiar with Tulikivi masonry heaters and wanted one for his newly acquired Frank Lloyd Wright home (McCartney House) in Kalamazoo MI. The quality of heat from the fireplace...

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Renovated mid-century fireplace

Renovated mid-century fireplace

Rather than demolish and recreate a new fireplace, the existing brickwork was repointed to minimize the vertical grout joints. The brickwork was then painted with a two tone paint scheme, using a...

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The True Tale of a One-Tree House

The True Tale of a One-Tree House

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Nancy longed to build an in-law cottage but could never quite make the numbers work. Then one wild, dark night, good fortune arrived with a crash.

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Indoor-Air Quality and Ventilation for Homes in Hot-Humid Climates

Indoor-Air Quality and Ventilation for Homes in Hot-Humid Climates

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The weather in the Southern United States poses a unique challenge to the issues of ventilation and indoor-air quality. Here are my opinions and suggestions on how to address these issues if you are building or remodeling in the South.

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High-Performance Homes Dos & Donts: Mark LaLiberte Seminar Notes

High-Performance Homes Dos & Don'ts: Mark LaLiberte Seminar Notes

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Mark LaLiberte is an amazing building-science teacher. Read my blogging notes from his seminar titled "Building High-Performance Homes Dos & Don'ts," which I attended in Austin, Texas. Remember that this is focused on Texas construction, but there is plenty to learn here for anyone in the U.S.

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Self-Taught MBA: Are You Ready for Building Information Modeling?

Self-Taught MBA: Are You Ready for Building Information Modeling?

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Building information modeling (BIM) is the next evolution of CAD, involving the five-dimensional generation and management of digital plans. This post, written by my colleague Kristin Dispenza, introduces a new product specifically for small firms.

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All concrete home, 3 stories ICF block construction

All concrete home, 3 stories ICF block construction

All ICF exterior walls, 3 stories! 10,000 heated sq. ft., six car garage, indoor shooting range! Custom wood windows with 12" jams, ZO6 glass. Hers rating of 52! 

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Design & Daylight

Design & Daylight

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The first of a two-part introduction to a thematic blog on daylighting strategies used in residential design.

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Smart Design Advice for Hot & Humid Climates (i.e. The South)

Smart Design Advice for Hot & Humid Climates (i.e. The South)

Architect Peter Pfeiffer talks about how to utilize smart design for a house in a hot climate zone. His green building advice is practical and following his advice will result in a house that's well designed for the rigors of a hot climate. If you want a comfortable, efficient, durable house and you live in the South then this video will give you tons to think about.

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How To Build a Healthy House

How To Build a Healthy House

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The home in this video was built for a person with a severe chemical sensitivity, but the goal of building with healthier materials and details should be important to every homeowner

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Off-The-Grid Straw Bale Getaway

Off-The-Grid Straw Bale Getaway

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An architecture firm known for ecologically sensitive design creates an off-the-grid cabin in the woods of California

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Exterior Patio

Exterior Patio

New exterior patio including covered fireplace pit and water features. This was part of a remodel to Geodesic dome origianally built in the 70's

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Car Cathedral

Car Cathedral

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The "car cathedral" is a 20,000 sq. ft. timber frame structure that will house an amazing collection of muscle cars when completed.  This incredible barn, located outside of Houston, TX, is over 53...

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The Professors House

The Professor's House

A University of Oregon professor designed her family home to respect its steep, natural setting.

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Timber Framing Fundamentals - A book review

Timber Framing Fundamentals - A book review

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A new collection of articles from the Timber Framers' Guild discusses subjects ranging from layout and engineering to joinery, raising and the enclosure of traditional timber frame houses.

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