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Grace Construction Now GCP Applied Technologies Inc.

Grace Construction Now GCP Applied Technologies Inc.

Grace Construction, best known for their waterproofing membranes, is now known as GCP Applied Technologies Inc, which is a publically-traded company. GCP Applied technologies Inc. states that it is a...

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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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Windows and Winter Weather

Windows and Winter Weather

Other than to open them on pleasent days, during the warmer months of the year, we tend to think of our windows a bit less than when it gets cold. And, with winter right around the proverbial corner...

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Staying Cool

Staying Cool

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While summer might be coming to a close--the last day of summer is September 22--we all know we can still be subjected to some seriously hot days. Check out these articles that show how you can keep...

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4 Tips to Building an Efficient House in a Hot Climate

4 Tips to Building an Efficient House in a Hot Climate

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The Texas Sun is blazing where I build in Austin Texas. Let me give you four tips for building an efficient home that will stay cool even during the hottest summer.

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House Wrap for Modern Architecture

House Wrap for Modern Architecture

Choosing the correct weather resistant barrier (or house wrap) it's important to take into account the amount of exposure your walls are getting. Houses with more exposure will require a more robust waterproofing strategy. Read on for more information and my tips for choosing the right house wrap for your project.

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The Best Roof for Hot & Humid Climates

The Best Roof for Hot & Humid Climates

Working in Texas for over 10 years, I've learned how important it is to select materials that work well with the climate. In this video, I review the benefits of using a metal roof when you're working with in the hot and humid southern states of the US.

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The Beach House

The Beach House

This beachfront home is designed with a strong impact window that accentuates the stunning views with the beauty of a wood interior finish.

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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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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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The Beach House

The Beach House

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This beachfront home is designed with a strong impact window that accentuates the stunning views with the beauty of a wood interior finish.

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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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Cheap Housewrap Challenge - Should I pay for a premium product?

Cheap Housewrap Challenge - Should I pay for a premium product?

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We've all been in this situation... two identical looking products on the shelf, but different prices. Which should I choose? Well, when it comes to housewraps not all are alike, nor will they perform the same. Have a look at this test that will give you an idea how these two white rolls will perform on YOUR house.

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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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Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review

Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review

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Sticky House Wrap? Yes, that makes perfect sense. I just completed my first job with Delta Vent SA a house wrap from German company Cosella-Dorken. Here's my impressions.

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Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review

Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review

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There are 4 things every house must control (in order of importance). 1. Water 2. Air 3. Vapor 4. Thermal Codes have only started to address air control and I think many builders in the US are behind in this area.

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How to Staple Housewrap Tight to Sheathing on Inside Corners

How to Staple Housewrap Tight to Sheathing on Inside Corners

Don't trip up your siding installers by not doing a good job when hanging your weather-resistant barrier

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How to Install Housewrap Solo

How to Install Housewrap Solo

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If you've got to install housewrap on a house and your helpers didn't show up, you could bag it for the day, but there's a better way.

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How to Patch Holes in Housewrap

How to Patch Holes in Housewrap

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If your housewrap has holes or tears in it, you might be tempted to put on a tape Bandaid and hope it doesn't leak, but there's a better way.

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What Makes the Best Air Barrier?

What Makes the 'Best' Air Barrier?

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Planning a high-performance house in Massachusetts, Bill L asks the Green Building Advisor's Q&A Forum how to build in an air barrier that will stand the test of time. He's not sure that specialized construction tapes are the way to go.

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