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Water Crisis: What is Virtual Water Content?

Water Crisis: What is Virtual Water Content?

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Virtual water content describes the amount of water used to make or grow a product. By being aware of a product or material’s virtual water content you can refine your purchasing decisions to be sure you’re buying products and materials that are created using less water.

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Make Up Air For Commercial Exhaust Fans in Homes

Make Up Air For Commercial Exhaust Fans in Homes

My clients specified a huge gas commercial range with a high CFM exhaust fan. I was worried that this fan wouldn't exhaust properly with a fully spray foamed tight shell. In this video I'll show you how we provided make-up air so that the exhaust fan would have enough air coming in to exhaust.

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Vapor Barriers Are a Good Thing, Right?

Vapor Barriers Are a Good Thing, Right?

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Builders once routinely stapled up sheets of polyethylene plastic on interior walls before the drywall went up to stop the flow of moisture-laden air into exterior walls. With moisture stopped in its...

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bamboo poles structure

bamboo poles structure

Interesting structure made of bamboo poles

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The Goldilocks Approach to Tight Houses: Is There A 'Just-Right' For Leakiness?

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Many say "Tight houses need to breathe." To which, tight house advocates say "Where should I poke the hole, and how big should it be?"

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Carpenter quits job, builds himself a tropical island

Carpenter quits job, builds himself a tropical island

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Who hasn't dreamed of giving up the 9-to-five and escaping to a tropical island to while away the days until the bank account ran dry? Well, carpenter Richie Sowa is one who made the move and is...

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Heat Pump, Schmeat Pump

Heat Pump, Schmeat Pump

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Ground source heat pumps don't save energy because the electricity used by the 'pump' isn't part of the equation. Moreover, electricity is one of the least efficient ways of making power.

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Fireman's Fund's Updated Green Coverage

Expanded coverage for energy efficiency upgrades and environmental improvements

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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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Notes from the Pacific Coast Builders Show

Notes from the Pacific Coast Builders Show

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A look at the show's best and worst offerings

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Blue greenhouse made from old windows

Blue "greenhouse" made from old windows

Using recycled windows from my one neighbor who was replacing all the windows on her house and a couple of old doors from another neighbor who was getting new ones installed, I worked out this...

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Beetle Kill Pine Pergola

Beetle Kill Pine Pergola

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This project is a nice 12x18 timber framed pergola structure. The timber materials are beetle kill pine, local source. Here in Colorado the beetles have devastated over 2 million acres of the...

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Estimating an Energy Efficiency Upgrade From Your Desktop Computer

Estimating an Energy Efficiency Upgrade From Your Desktop Computer

A session at the 2010 NAHB showcased a new web-based software can help you price out an energy retrofit without leaving your desktop

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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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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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Cedar Pool Gazabo

Cedar Pool Gazabo

This gazebo was built on site using traditional timber framing methods. We have also built a number of exterior strctures in our shop and then delivered them partially assembled.

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Chasing LEED Certification in Canada

Chasing LEED Certification in Canada

I would like to share with you the story of our first home; which we have designed and built ourselves with the end goal of a net-zero, LEED certified permanent residence. Overlooking Last Mountain...

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Salvaged Redwood Hen House

Salvaged Redwood Hen House

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Milled from 3x6 redwood salvaged from the NW Pacific RR Tunnel from Larkspur Landing to San Rafael (Marin County CA) built circa 1886. Salvaged galvanized sheet metal roof. I had to resaw it and make...

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The Best Way to Ventilate Siding

The Best Way to Ventilate Siding

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Does it matter if you vent the top in addition to the bottom of the siding? Is it bad to ventilate the siding into the soffit? Does ventilating siding equalize pressure in storms?

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