Issue 299 – June 2021
Choosing heating, cooling, and ventilation systems can be complicated. Here's an overview of common options and things you need to consider to make smart selections.
To avoid moisture problems, either seal and condition your crawlspace or isolate the space from the rest of the house.
Learn how a massive concrete wall collects and stores solar energy through a bank of specially placed windows to help heat this Michigan home.
This forensic building scientist demystifies her discipline for architects and construction professionals.
To control indoor humidity, consider a stand-alone system separate from your HVAC system.
Portland, Ore., provides a model for deconstructing houses that is better for people, the planet, and profit.
Know the Code
Energy Codes as Clear as Glass
The building codes for windows address both thermal and air transmission—here's what you need to know to select windows using the prescriptive path.
Energy Smart Details
Three Ways to Insulate Basement Walls
For interior insulation, you'll need to use either rigid-foam boards or spray polyurethane foam.
Tools & Gear
The Diagnostic Benefits of Smart Thermostats
More than just convenient home tech, these devices also provide invaluable troubleshooting data for HVAC installers and servicepeople.
Manometers: Essential Home-Energy Testing Equipment
Digital air-pressure measuring devices are the primary tools used by energy raters to test home airtightness, duct leakage, and other important building diagnostics.
HOUSES by Design
Fire-Ready and Nontoxic Modern Ranch
This solar-powered ranch was designed to meet local fire-resistance requirements, including noncombustible roofs and siding with reduced flammability.
Retrofitting One Wall at a Time
A retrofit to meet the Passive House standard means upgrading windows, walls, and insulation.
Flood-Ready Passive House
This deep-energy retrofit is the first certified Passive House and net-positive residence in Cold Spring, N.Y.
Vapor-Permeable Flashing Tape
New water-resistive ZIP System Flashing Tape from Huber ups the ante for moisture control.
Sized-Up Electric Heat Pump
The Mitsubuishi SUZ Universal Outdoor Unit with Hyper-Heating INVERTER technology (H2i) comes in three new capacities to meet the need for larger spaces.
Site-Built Portal Frame Solution
The Strong-Wall Site-Built Portal Frame System from Simpson allows framers to build their own portal frame to code in as little as 9-1⁄4 in. of wall width.
Airy and Bright Skylights
Awaken Skylight Windows from Marvin offer comfort, ease, and energy efficiency.
XPS Insulation With a Lower Climate Impact
Owens Corning introduces Foamular NGX—an updated rigid-foam option with reduced contribution to global warming.
Managing Water When Insulating Old Walls
Water is the enemy, so keep it away and ensure the house's drying potential.
Keep Craft Alive
Anna Heath, Lead Carpenter
This project manager is commited to shifting the building landscape by constructing quality homes and creating a more inclusive environment for builders.
Fine Homebuilding Issue #299 Online Highlights
Find online articles and videos on insulation, roofs, and more.