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Solar Raises Its Voice in the Job Market

Solar Raises Its Voice in the Job Market

Despite competitive pressures and the failure of Solyndra, the solar-industry workforce has more than doubled since 2009, the Solar Foundation says in a report titled "U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2nd Quarter 2011," which can be viewed here: http://www.seia.org/galleries/pdf/SMI-Q2-2011-ES.pdf

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Summer is the Time to Head Off Ice Dams

Summer is the Time to Head Off Ice Dams

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Corrective action now will prevent ice dams and water intrusion when winter rolls around again

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PODCAST: Air-Tight Window Installation

PODCAST: Air-Tight Window Installation

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Windows represent the biggest potential holes in the building envelope. Think about it: the rough openings are just big holes — until you actually plug the opening with a window.

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Remodelings Brightening Prospects, Part 5 of 5

Remodeling's Brightening Prospects, Part 5 of 5

Compared to the 2000s, the coming decade for remodelers is expected to feature more stability, and more spending in two key emerging markets, the Joint Center for Housing Studies says

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Choosing a Chimney Flue-Top Damper

Choosing a Chimney Flue-Top Damper

Pop-up dampers and hinged dampers install and operate similarly.

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Remodelings Brightening Prospects, Part 3 of 5

Remodeling's Brightening Prospects, Part 3 of 5

Although the remodeling industry is still highly fragmented, larger firms have continued consolidate and attract a growing share of jobs

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Remodelings Brightening Prospects, Part 2 of 5

Remodeling's Brightening Prospects, Part 2 of 5

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The Joint Center for Housing Studies takes a closer look at how remodeling’s ups and downs over the past decade reshaped the industry for the decade to come

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Framing with Energy in Mind - Were Still Missing the Boat!

Framing with Energy in Mind - We're Still Missing the Boat!

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There's a raised ranch house going up next door to my house in Plainville, CT. The 7-man framing crew finished their work today, so I snuck over after work to peek at the quality of their work. I...

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Lead Paint: The Fines Are Real

Lead Paint: The Fines Are Real

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An Oregon painting contractor shells out over $32K for failing to comply with lead-paint regulations.

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How to Keep Dangerous Garage Fumes Out of the House

How to Keep Dangerous Garage Fumes Out of the House

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An attached garage saves money and materials during construction, but it also makes it tougher to maintain high indoor air quality. Are there solutions to the problem?

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A Building Debate That Just Wont Go Away

A Building Debate That Just Won't Go Away

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It's been more than 70 years since someone first recommended the use of a vapor barrier to reduce the risk of condensation inside wall cavities. The recommendation can still spark a debate.

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How to Calculate Savings from Energy Improvements

How to Calculate Savings from Energy Improvements

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Is there a reliable way of estimating lower energy costs, or are there too many variables?

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Will Passivhaus or passive solar be the best fit for this project?

Will Passivhaus or passive solar be the best fit for this project?

A Pennsylvania homeowner is planning to downsize into a smaller house and looks for a prescription for energy efficiency on a small budget.

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Creating an Urban Oasis: A Green Live-Work Space Blooms on a Gritty City Lot

Creating an Urban Oasis: A Green Live-Work Space Blooms on a Gritty City Lot

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Recycled shipping containers, energy-scrimping details and a sophisticated design sense create a handsome urban compound in a transitional neighborhood.

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Flashing for Hose Bibs - QuickFlash Review

Flashing for Hose Bibs - QuickFlash Review

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We as builders are so diligent about using flashing boots on our roofs but when it comes to wall penetrations we're so lax about holes! In this video we'll show you how we use QuickFlash boots to correctly seal the water out of our walls. -Matt Risinger

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Ice Dams, Can Lights, Wet Walls, and Water Damage

Ice Dams, Can Lights, Wet Walls, and Water Damage

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It's the time of year that I watch my neighbor across the street pulls out her roof rake and begin raking her roof. Now it you all knew my neighbor, you might think nothing of it. This is the lady...

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Keeping an Eye on Capitol Hills Spending-Cuts Big Talk

Keeping an Eye on Capitol Hill's Spending-Cuts Big Talk

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It’s in the very early going, but all corners of the homebuilding and remodeling industries seem unlikely to escape completely unscathed

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Bunkhouse in the Woods!

Bunkhouse in the Woods!

Here is what kept me sane a few years ago!  Decided that we needed more space for my kids and their cousins at the shared family cottage.  Set out to build a bunkie that would give them a...

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Whats Worse: Air Leaks or Not Enough Insulation

What's Worse: Air Leaks or Not Enough Insulation

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Al Cobb's goal is simple: Build better houses and help consumers make better choices. To do that more effectively, he wants to understand the root causes of heat loss a little better. Are air leaks or low insulation levels the real culprit?

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A Week of Mixed Signals, with a Lift in Hiring

A Week of Mixed Signals, with a Lift in Hiring

Remodeling Market Index stays put as NAHB reminds consumers tax credits are about to expire for energy-efficiency improvements; meanwhile, Meritage reports a third-quarter profit and the Labor Department reports an employment jump for October

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