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The Devil Is in the Details

The Devil Is in the Details

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Some modular homes are getting better, but the construction details in many modular homes are still downright scary. Here are a few photos I secretly shot recently.

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My Story As Told By Houses-- Part 1, The Soddy

My Story As Told By Houses-- Part 1, The Soddy

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“We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills and winding streams with tangled growth as wild. Only to the white man was nature a wilderness, and only to him was the...

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How to Retrofit A Radiant Barrier: Paint it On

How to Retrofit A Radiant Barrier: Paint it On

This 10 year old house didn't have a radiant barrier on the roof and replacing the plywood wasn't an option. We sprayed on Sherwin William E Barrier paint for an easy retrofit that should easily pay for itself with lower attic temperatures. Simple, affordable, easy. Pretty nice.

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Get 50% Off Admission to West Coast Green 2010

Get 50% Off Admission to West Coast Green 2010

We've been asked to offer a great deal on tickets to the world's leading interactive conference on green innovation for the built environment.

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Roof Top Rigid Foam - Taking Efficiency Through The Roof

Roof Top Rigid Foam - Taking Efficiency Through The Roof

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Over the last year I've really been working on how to get my houses to the next level of greater energy efficiency and this video will show you my latest secret. We're laying down a thick layer of rigid ISO foam boards on top of the roof.

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Whats the Best Way to Control Indoor-Air Quality and Humidity in a House?

What's the Best Way to Control Indoor-Air Quality and Humidity in a House?

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The tighter the house, the greater the need for whole-house ventilation. But what system would work best for your house?

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Green Building is for Whiners and Hippies

Green Building is for Whiners and Hippies

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Scott Adams (the creator of Dilbert) and the Wall Street Journal take aim at green building.

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Q&A Spotlight: Getting a Fair Shake on a Green House

Q&A Spotlight: Getting a Fair Shake on a Green House

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Many people are having trouble getting loans to build better houses because appraisers and lenders won't put real value on energy efficiency and durability.

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How to Install Vertical Siding over Rigid Foam Insulation?

How to Install Vertical Siding over Rigid Foam Insulation?

Board and batten siding is a popular choice, but how do you install it over foam sheathing? Do you use extra long screws, furring strips, or both?

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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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