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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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Cash For Caulk?

Cash For Caulk?

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"Cash For Clunkers" was one of the few successful strategies of the economic stimulus plan, now "Cash for Caulkers" aims to follow suit.

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Gas Fireplaces: Direct Vent vs. Vent-Free

Gas Fireplaces: Direct Vent vs. Vent-Free

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If you don't have a chimney through which to route the flue for a gas fireplace, you have two options: direct vent, and vent-free. But the choice is more fiercely debated than it seems.

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Tucker Timber Frame

Tucker Timber Frame

This home is a two story 2000 SF timber frame built from old growth doug fir.  All timber recycled from Pier 3 in Astoria OR (built in 1913).  All cabinets and trim are built from the same...

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New Hampshire 30x36 story and a half, locally grown Hemlock

New Hampshire 30'x36' story and a half, locally grown Hemlock

Locally grown Hemlock timbers frame this Mascoma riverfront home in NH.  Special thanks to Great Northern Barns who prefabed most of the frame at their shop less than a mile awaynbsp...

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A (Complete) Guide to Estimating Energy Efficiency Payback

A (Complete) Guide to Estimating Energy Efficiency Payback

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This time its payback. Consider these variables when when estimating the cost savings of an energy efficiency upgrade to your home

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New Attic Insulation Pays Its Own Way

New Attic Insulation Pays Its Own Way

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In preparation for the winter season, read about one energy efficiency upgrade that will pay for itself, according to our new Insulation Upgrade Payback Estimator

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Payback Estimator: Insulation Upgrade

Payback Estimator: Insulation Upgrade

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Do you have a quote for an insulation upgrade? Use our calculator to estimate how long it will take to payback your investment based on savings in energy costs.

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Can Bark Outlast Vinyl Siding by Fifty Years?

Can Bark Outlast Vinyl Siding by Fifty Years?

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Looking for an energy-efficient, durable, green alternative to standard siding? The answer may be the next tree over.

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Who Do You Blame for Your Energy Lemon?

Who Do You Blame for Your Energy Lemon?

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So I was talking to Tucker Windover, a carpenter who writes for this magazine, and he said that every new house should have a sticker on the front door, just like the ones they put on appliances...

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Revive Old Caulk Tubes

Revive Old Caulk Tubes

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Does throwing away an old, clogged caulk tube pain you? At five to ten bucks a pop it could. Here’s a way to revive old caulk tubs and even improve on the design.

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Green Tax Credits Mean More Cash in Your Pocket

Green Tax Credits Mean More Cash in Your Pocket

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It pays to take advantage of the wide variety of green tax credits and rebate programs now available through the federal and state governments.

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How to Save Energy

How to Save Energy

Mythbusters: Home Energy Efficiency Measures That Actually Save Energy

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