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Contemporary NW Project by artisansgroup

Contemporary NW Project by artisansgroup

Essential, contemporary, and inviting defines this extremely energy efficient, Energy Star certified, Passive House design-inspired home in the Pacific Northwest. Designed for an active family of...

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Habitats High-Performance Experiment

Habitat's High-Performance Experiment

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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.

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Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review

Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review

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There are 4 things every house must control (in order of importance). 1. Water 2. Air 3. Vapor 4. Thermal Codes have only started to address air control and I think many builders in the US are behind in this area.

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Cheap Trick - Recessed Dryer Box Model 425 Review

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If you've ever installed a clothes dryer you know the vent at the back is in danger of being choked & pinched the moment you push the unit into place. This little $30 part is worth it's weight in gold!

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CREEs New Linear LED Fixture Review SL24 & SL40

CREE's New Linear LED Fixture Review SL24 & SL40

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I think this new CREE fixture might finally signal the end of the T-5 Fluorescent Fixtures.

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Learn More About Advanced Framing

Learn More About Advanced Framing

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APA--The Engineered Wood Association offers a primer on framing techniques that reduce waste and increase energy efficiency by allowing more room for insulation.

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How to Use Spray Foam to Meet New Energy Codes in Warm Climates

How to Use Spray Foam to Meet New Energy Codes in Warm Climates

As a builder in the hot and humid South, I regularly use spray foam in my houses. Spray foam makes it much easier to encapsulate my attic (where most HVAC systems in Texas live) so that my ducts are inside the thermal envelope.

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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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Are Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems Really That Much Better?

Are Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems Really That Much Better?

A writer wonders whether off-the-grid systems might rightfully find a place in the debate over renewable energy.

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Recycling Shower Promises Energy and Water Savings

Recycling Shower Promises Energy and Water Savings

The OrbSys Shower filters shower water as it's used to reduce water consumption by 90%.

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Blower-Door Testing

Blower-Door Testing

Learn how to set up a blower door and run an airtightness test.

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Team Austria Wins 2013 Solar Decathlon

Team Austria Wins 2013 Solar Decathlon

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.

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ICC Approves Changes to Energy Code

ICC Approves Changes to Energy Code

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Requirements will be a little tougher, and for the first time a "performance path" to compliance will reference a HERS rating.

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Passive House Town-House Project Underway in Philadelphia

Passive House Town-House Project Underway in Philadelphia

Developers plan 27 units that will meet the stringent Passive House requirement for airtightness and energy consumption.

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Maintain your Tankless, or else!

Maintain your Tankless, or else!

Your fancy Tankless Water Heater needs maintenance, and if you neglect this annual flush you may be destained for trouble. See this 5 minute video on how to do a vinegar flush to remove calcium deposits from your tankless unit's boiler.

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Retired Educator Turns His New House Into a Living Lab

Retired Educator Turns His New House Into a Living Lab

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Half the house is built for an Energy Star rating, the other half to the very stringent Passivhaus standard.

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OSB vs Plywood Sheathing - or Both?

OSB vs Plywood Sheathing - or Both?

OSB vs Plywood Sheathing is a question that comes up often in my Custom Builders Group. In this video I'll explain why I use both, and share some secret methods to building a house that will last for generations.

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Patricks Barn: Blower-Door Testing

Patrick's Barn: Blower-Door Testing

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With training from FHB author Larry Armanda, I test the airtightness of our barn with a blower door.

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How to Insulate a Flat Roof

How to Insulate a Flat Roof

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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.

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How to Insulate a Slab Foundation

How to Insulate a Slab Foundation

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Have you ever wondered why Slab Foundations aren't insulated? Two reasons, your house needs to be pretty efficient first before it's necessary, then it's darn hard to accomplish without making an easy path for termites. In this video I'll show you how we used Borated Treated Perimeter foam to insulate a Texas Slab on Grade Foundation.

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