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Building Tips - 5 Tips To Minimise Heat Loss

Building Tips - 5 Tips To Minimise Heat Loss

Not only can reducing the amount of heat you lose from your home save you money, it can also help the environment. Even though you will have to invest some money to reduce your heat loss, you will...

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   Secure Your Building in The Winter With These 6 Tips

Secure Your Building in The Winter With These 6 Tips

  There are numerous people throughout the U.S. and also Canada, which receives some pretty harsh winter weather in many areas, that pack up and head south when the weather gets cold. This...

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Replacement Windows without the Replacement Window Look

Replacement Windows without the Replacement Window Look

Background We were not happy with the appearance of the four new double hung replacement windows in our kitchen and two bathrooms. For us, there were two main problems: 1.Significant loss of glass...

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Loctite Tite Foam

Loctite Tite Foam

Loctite has a new expanding foam, dubbed Tite Foam, that is claimed to be four times denser than traditional expanding foam. Loctite states their new foam has four times more cells per cm3 and thus...

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Straw-Bale Bedroom

Straw-Bale Bedroom

A storage wall in a straw bale house.

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New U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center outside of Las Vegas

New U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center outside of Las Vegas

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The new visitor center on Mt Charleston provides an opportunity people to expand their idea of Las Vegas.

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Soudal Genius Gun Expanding Foam

Soudal Genius Gun Expanding Foam

Soudal has a new twist on the can of expanding foam. The Genius Gun, a patented design, is engineered to be more comfortable, allow for inverted use and make dispensing the desired amount of product...

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5 Reasons for being Passionate about Wood Burning Stoves

5 Reasons for being Passionate about Wood Burning Stoves

Nothing creates the perfect ambiance on a cold winter days than the warmth from a wood burner. Whether you are building a new house or trying to improve on the efficiency of your current heating...

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Insulation and Attics

Insulation and Attics

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Potential Air Leaks in the Attic In a conventional attic, insulation typically placed between the ceiling joists of the rooms below can be only partially effective if air leaks aren'tproperly sealed...

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Whats the best attic insulation?

What's the best attic insulation?

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The answer to the question of which attic insulation is best is, of course, entirely circumstantial. When the design of your attic allows, the best attic insulation is inexpensive, easy to install and will yield the performance you're looking for.

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Anatomy of a Net-Zero Home

Anatomy of a Net-Zero Home

Here are the construction details that New Town Builders uses to build net-zero-ready homes

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CEO Charts His Companys Path to Net-Zero Homes

CEO Charts His Company's Path to Net-Zero Homes

Two years running Gene Myers has guided his Denver-based home building company to DOE's grand award for housing innovation. What's his secret?

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Insulating above grade basement wall

Insulating above grade basement wall

2 year old home with rear basement wall partially above grade 2x4 framed wall with exterior brick veneer. Builder placed kraft faced insulation batts with kraft vapor barrier facing exterior sheathed...

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Quiet Plumbing Pipes

Quiet Plumbing Pipes

Have you ever heard the embarrassing sound of a toilet fish in the middle of a dinner party? Here's the way to eliminate that!

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Joe Lstibureks Perfect Wall explained - The 500 Year House

Joe Lstiburek's "Perfect Wall" explained - The 500 Year House

I'm a huge fan of Building Science teacher Joe Lstiburek and I'm finally building my first house with his "Perfect Wall" concept. Join me as I explain this theory for extreme durability and efficiency (and show off a house I'm building in Austin).

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APA Reports on Installation of Raised-Heel Trusses

APA Reports on Installation of Raised-Heel Trusses

Free download describes the use of structural paneling instead of 2x blocking when installing these increasingly common roof trusses.

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How to Insulate an Exposed Floor

How to Insulate an Exposed Floor

A homeowner in central New York discovers some condensation in the floor of an addition that is 5 ft. off the ground. He wonders about the source of the moisture, and what to do about it.

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Infrared Cameras for Building Science and Home Performance

Infrared Cameras for Building Science and Home Performance

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Building-science consultant Flemming Lund explains how to use IR cameras to identify missing insulation, air leaks, water leaks, and more

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Revolutionary New HVAC Equipment - A Split Dehumidifier!

Revolutionary New HVAC Equipment - A Split Dehumidifier!

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I'd venture to guess that most houses in the Southern US aren't very comfortable. They are either too cold or too hot! The missing component in HVAC is Dehumidification. Ultra-Aire has a new Dehum that I think is a game changer.

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Demystifying Window Labels - SHGC? U-Factor?

Demystifying Window Labels - SHGC? U-Factor?

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Learn to decipher the codes on the window labels, and know what stats to look for in a good window (and what meets current building codes). In this video I'll explain in plain english what U-Factor means (and how to relate it to R-value), as well as the meaning to SHGC.

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