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Does Rigid Foam Insulation Trap Moisture in the Walls?

Does Rigid Foam Insulation Trap Moisture in the Walls?

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You can seriously cut your home's demand for energy by adding rigid insulation, but will wrapping your home with foam cause the walls to rot?

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Podcast Brain Teaser Winner Announced

Podcast Brain Teaser Winner Announced

This week on the podcast, learn about the govenrment's new Home Star program and find out who won the Milwaukee Job Saw Kit from last week's episode.

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¡Viva Verde!

¡Viva Verde!

For green building to survive it has to become bilingual.

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UPDATE: Winners Chosen in our Toward a Zero Energy Home Book Givaway

UPDATE: Winners Chosen in our 'Toward a Zero Energy Home' Book Givaway

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Leave a comment here by 1pm, Tuesday, May 18, for a chance to win the book "Toward a Zero Energy Home", a complete guide to energy self-sufficiency at home.

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Zero-Energy Homes Start With Air-sealing, Insulation, and Weatherproofing

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Basements, walls, and roofs that keep weather out and heat in are the foundation of a durable, energy-efficient home. Read this introduction to how heat, air, and water move and how to control them.

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Re-Sealable Spray Foam

Re-Sealable Spray Foam

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Try out this new can of spray foam that doesn't harden between uses.

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10 Ways to Cut Utility Bills

10 Ways to Cut Utility Bills

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Modeled on the ‘food pyramid,’ the conservation pyramid provides a step-by-step guide for energy retrofit work

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Podcast: Is Energy Star an Energy Dud?

Podcast: Is Energy Star an Energy Dud?

This week we review some negative news on the popular Energy Star rating program. Plus, Chuck Miller covers deck design basics.

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Should Your Old Wood Windows Be Saved?

Should Your Old Wood Windows Be Saved?

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To repair or replace the windows on your antique home? Before you make your final decision, read the article by Rob Yagid.

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Low voltage Landscape lighting Enjoy your yard 24/7

Low voltage Landscape lighting Enjoy your yard 24/7

The house is built, everything is in it's place. You are working hard and when you get home you would like to enjoy the beautiful landscaped yard, but it's now getting dark. Solution, landscape...

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Postcard from Providence

Postcard from Providence

Notes from the 2010 JLC Live show in Providence, Rhode Island

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What a damp basement can do to brick

What a damp basement can do to brick

Some science-savy builders help an editor understand what's causing the base of an old chimney to deteriorate.

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Ready or Not

Ready or Not

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The Suddenly it's Here and Now Future of Energy Remodeling

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Opinion: Questions for the Man with the Big House

Opinion: Questions for the Man with the Big House

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Commentary on a recent news item - local man builds 50,000 sq. ft. house.

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Flashing Windows in Walls with Exterior XPS Insulating Sheathing

Flashing Windows in Walls with Exterior XPS Insulating Sheathing

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The exterior insulation adds thermal efficiency.  Perhaps even more important, in our marine climate, our code (Portland, OR) then allows us to omit the interior vapor barrier, and we can build...

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Haiti InnoVida Update

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Short movie shows how these homes go together.

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Have You Considered Vinyl Siding, Lately?

Have You Considered Vinyl Siding, Lately?

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Considering advances in product quality, energy efficiency, and improved manufacturing, it pays to take a second (or third) look at vinyl siding.

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Disaster Relief Housing

Disaster Relief Housing

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This is a project I worked on and I still feel it is a viable solution for disaster relief housing. It is completely self sustainable; providing enough electricity and hot water to comfortably house...

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Are Replacement Windows a Waste of Money?

Are Replacement Windows a Waste of Money?

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Some research suggests that they are.

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GREEN BUILDING TIP: Pick Windows That Dont Waste

GREEN BUILDING TIP: Pick Windows That Don't Waste

Windows with internal grills are more energy efficient than divided lite windows

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