Issue 230 – Oct/Nov 2012
Air Leaks: How They Rot Houses and Waste Energy
One third of the energy you buy probably leaks through holes in your house.
Install a Replacement Window in a Brick House
Redundant flashings and attention to detail keep out air and water.
Pick the Perfect Patio Door
Check the hardware, and consider the energy-performance rating for a smart purchase.
Traditional Design, Modern Construction
A new farmhouse features historically inspired details executed with low-maintenance materials.
A Better Wall with Exterior Foam
Why a longtime SIP builder turned to rigid polyiso for insulation.
Choosing the Right Framing Nailer
Narrowing this broad market starts with a decision about which nails you'll be shooting.
Low-emissivity glass is the go-to choice for energy-efficient windows.
From Below, Upward
With its parquet floor, walnut-paneled walls, and coffered and domed ceiling, this dining room is the work of two talented men.
What's the Difference: Fasteners for Pressure-Treated Lumber
For decks or other outdoor projects made from pressure-treated lumber, code requires the use of fasteners that offer good corrosion resistance.
What is the Difference
Air-Seal Windows and Doors
Follow these steps to stop leaks around windows and doors from the inside.
Make a Prefab Fireplace Look Like it Belongs
Factory-made fireplaces are energy efficient and easy to install, but architect Paul DeGroot says that they are frequently installed with nothing to connect them to the style of the house…
Two Ways to Insulate Attic Kneewalls
Kneewalls are commonly found in attics, especially in attics that have been converted to living space, but they can be difficult to insulate properly. In this "Energy-Smart Details" article, senior…
Energy Smart Details
Tailgate: Rocio Romero, Architect-Designer
What led you to prefab design? The bottom-line reason was my frustration that as an architectural designer, I could only control the design. I wanted to control how my designs…