An overview of the materials and systems that will lead to big energy savings and comfort.
Indoor fireplaces don't work well in superinsulated houses, so these California homeowners decided to meet their nostalgic need for a wood burner by putting it on the covered patio.
The Fine Homebuilding staff gives their best advice for improving leaky board-and-batten walls, buying old houses, keeping HVAC systems within conditioned space, and safely venting gas appliances.
Verifying high-performance house metrics under California's Title 24 earns some rebates from the utility company.
Delta air barriers and tapes and Rockwool insulation on the interior and exterior of the building envelope are key components of this high-performance house.
Clever flashing, thoroughly sealed downspouts, and custom channels behind the siding make the rain-management details all but disappear on the California FHB House.
The air-sealing efforts pay off with Passive House–level airtightness
Finding high-performance windows that look good, work well, and fit the budget can be a challenge
The standing-seam metal and the tilt-turn windows contribute to the aesthetic and to the performance of the house
To build this resilient, durable, high-performance house, the team began with a unique foundation and a framing plan optimized for insulation.
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