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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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My mission to find mineral wool

My mission to find mineral wool

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It's sometimes easy for us to let readers know about new products like rigid mineral wool insulation (written by Alex Wilson in FHB issue #208, click here), but for our readers, finding a...

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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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MORE Westchester Waterfront

MORE Westchester Waterfront

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Westchester Waterfront Residence

Westchester Waterfront Residence

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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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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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The New Magazine

The New Magazine

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Yesterday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the Ipad. Do you want a digital version of FineHomebuilding?

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IBS 2010: Green Builder Donates 1,000 Homes to Haitians

IBS 2010: Green Builder Donates 1,000 Homes to Haitians

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New building technology firm, InnoVida™, donates 1,000 homes to Haiti using Fiber Composite Structural Insulated panels introduced at IBS.

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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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Call it Structural Insulated Snowpack

Call it "Structural Insulated Snowpack"

Igloo-building might just be a lesson in traditional energy-efficient construction

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Position Yourself as an Expert Green Builder

Position Yourself as an Expert Green Builder

Seven steps to successfully marketing your building or remodeling company as the best of the best.

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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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Green Building Gone Wrong

Green Building Gone Wrong

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A builder/remodeler learns the hard way that green building is more than skin deep.

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Which is the greenest wall system: brick, stucco, or EIFS?

Which is the greenest wall system: brick, stucco, or EIFS?

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BASF recently conducted an Eco-Efficiency Analysis of wall systems to determine whether brick, stucco, or EIFS strikes the best balance between environmental burden and lifecycle costs.

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2009 Passive House Conference

2009 Passive House Conference

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The Passive House movement has found a new foothold in the United States...and for good reason.

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New Island Opens up Kitchen

New Island Opens up Kitchen

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 This new kitchen island replaced a perpendicular peninsula that closed the kitchen off from the adjacent living areas. By...

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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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