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Martin’s Ten Rules of Roof Design

For the best performance, build a simple roof shape over a vented unconditioned attic

Posted on Dec 9 2011 by Martin Holladay

Lots of things can go wrong with roofs: bad flashing can cause leaks, a poorly designed valley can turn into a slow-moving glacier, and misplaced gutters can do more harm than good. Experienced roofers see a lot of stupid roofs.


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  1. Image #1: Top: Ezioman; bottom: Geoffrey Wheeler
  2. Image #2: DB King
  3. Image #3: Martin Holladay
  4. Image #4: Jon Christman
  5. Image #5: Trulia Inc.
  6. Image #7: Trulia Inc.
  7. Image #8: J.P. Bush Homes
  8. Image #9: Martin Holladay
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  10. Image #11: Allison Bailes
  11. Image #12: Fine Homebuilding

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Tax Credits for Energy Upgrades

Benefiting from the 30% federal tax credit for energy improvements

Posted on Jan 26 2010 by Alex Wilson

There are some great opportunities right now to upgrade your home energy performance with support from federal tax credits. These tax credits, created as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 greatly expanded tax credits that had been put in place through the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct). Over the next few weeks I’ll describe these tax credits--addressing what they cover and how you can benefit--but also editorializing a bit about some of the poorly thought-out features.


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Roofing Material Choices

There Are Many, Many Green Roofing Choices

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Image Credits:

  1. Krysta S. Doerfler/Fine Homebuilding #185
  2. Daniel S. Morrison/Fine Homebuilding #177
  3. Roe A. Osborn/Fine Homebuilding #134
  4. Charles Miller/Fine Homebuilding #179
  5. Dan Morrison/Fine Homebuilding #185
  6. Courtesy of Tile Roofing Institute/Fine Homebuilding #185
  7. John Mahan/Fine Homebuilding #185
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