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Save Spray Foam

Save Spray Foam

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Don't throw away half-full cans of spay foam. Save them for later use with this tip.

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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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Understanding R-Value

Understanding R-Value

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R-value measures heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation.

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Lunch Pail Podcast - March 26, 2010

Lunch Pail Podcast - March 26, 2010

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Learn how to find and use mineral wool in our weekly podcast. Plus, when do architectural aesthetics trump energy efficient building practices?

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Updated: Fine Homebuildings Official Lunch Pail Podcast

Updated: Fine Homebuilding's Official Lunch Pail Podcast

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Tune in as we tackle insulation myths, timber-frame tech and some really, really big tools!

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Flashing Windows in Walls with Exterior XPS Insulating Sheathing

Flashing Windows in Walls with Exterior XPS Insulating Sheathing

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The exterior insulation adds thermal efficiency.  Perhaps even more important, in our marine climate, our code (Portland, OR) then allows us to omit the interior vapor barrier, and we can build...

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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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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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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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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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Green Tax Credit Guide

Green Tax Credit Guide

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Who says it' not easy being green? These energy efficient systems and upgrades save clients money now and in the long run.

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Cash For Caulk?

Cash For Caulk?

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"Cash For Clunkers" was one of the few successful strategies of the economic stimulus plan, now "Cash for Caulkers" aims to follow suit.

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Border French Necaise Woodworking & Carpentry

Border French Necaise Woodworking & Carpentry

Border French Necaise Woodworking & Carpentry was founded upon the dreams and experience of do it yourself home Craftmans, creating, designing. building their own kitchen and bathroom...

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New Attic Insulation Pays Its Own Way

New Attic Insulation Pays Its Own Way

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In preparation for the winter season, read about one energy efficiency upgrade that will pay for itself, according to our new Insulation Upgrade Payback Estimator

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Payback Estimator: Insulation Upgrade

Payback Estimator: Insulation Upgrade

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Do you have a quote for an insulation upgrade? Use our calculator to estimate how long it will take to payback your investment based on savings in energy costs.

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Who Do You Blame for Your Energy Lemon?

Who Do You Blame for Your Energy Lemon?

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So I was talking to Tucker Windover, a carpenter who writes for this magazine, and he said that every new house should have a sticker on the front door, just like the ones they put on appliances...

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Why I Dont Use Cellulose or Blue-Jean Insulation

Why I Don't Use Cellulose or Blue-Jean Insulation

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Just because it’s recycled doesn’t mean it’s green. Let me explain why I won't use cellulose or blue-jean insulation. . .

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Which Rigid Insulation Should I Choose?

Which Rigid Insulation Should I Choose?

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Not all rigid foam performs the same. Learn the differences between EPS, XPS, and ISO.

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Restoration Project in Tiverton, Rhode Island

Restoration Project in Tiverton, Rhode Island

A full restoration of a late 1800's home in Tiverton, RI.  The house had been abandoned for 3 years and should have been torn down, but due to my budget restraints and thick, rosecolored...

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1950s Makeover,. in and out,.

1950's Makeover,. in and out,.

This was a 1950's house we purchased alittle over a year ago. My wife looked at this house due to its location(nice compromise of space and proximity to city) She visited it 3 times before i saw it...

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