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FHB Tip Jumpstarts Haiti Relief Effort

FHB Tip Jumpstarts Haiti Relief Effort

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Problems in Haiti have been highlighted by the start of the rainy season there. The temporary camps are becoming a muddy mess of slippery paths and "housing" is even less adequate as the storms arrive. I hope to provide solutions to the problems of muddy paths, lack of good temporary housing, and lack of jobs too.

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Green Building Myth #1: Its More Expensive

Green Building Myth #1: It's More Expensive

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The first of a multi-part myth-busting series. Simple strategies for building green can cost no more than regular building; many actually reduce costs.

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Water where it oughta be

Water where it oughta be

In the wake of spring storms, rainwater collection makes more sense than rainwater mitigation

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Mid Century House Gets a New Kitchen

Mid Century House Gets a New Kitchen

Sustainable cabinetry, quartz counters, cork flooring.

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Modern Makeover - The Exterior

Modern Makeover - The Exterior

Acrylic Stucco, Redwood Siding, New Windows and Doors, Repitched Roof and Garage to Carport conversion. Reclaimed Redwood Shade Structure

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Modern Makeover - The Living Room

Modern Makeover - The Living Room

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Remodeled Living Room - added fireplace, sustainable cabinetry, new doors and windows.  Reframed roof to increase ceiling height, finished concrete slab.

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Modern Makeover -The Kitchen

Modern Makeover -The Kitchen

By grabbing a few extra feet from the adjacent laundry room and opening the kitchen up to the dining area, we were able to realize some dramatic changes to this negleted kitchen.  Sustainable...

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Is the EnergyStar Program Flawed?

Is the EnergyStar Program Flawed?

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According to recent news reports, the EnergyStar program may not be as diligent as it should be when it comes to vetting products.

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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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