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Best Practices

  • Best Practices

    Materials Matter

    Ann here, asking: What’s the most efficient structure? A possible answer is that it’s the one that encloses the largest volume of space using the fewest materials. In that case,…

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    Simple Forms Are Key to High-Performance Homes

    If you want to build a high-performance home on a limited budget, and you want to do it right the first time, your best bet is to keep it simple.…

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    Why the Floor Plan Matters

    So now that you’ve been indoctrinated into the practice of launching a project by setting environmental-impact goals, including foreswearing fossil fuels, what happens next? For many, maybe even most of…

  • Best Practices

    Setting Priorities at the Start of a Project

    Editor's note: This is the first post in a new blog series by longtime GBA contributors, colleagues, and friends, Peter Yost and Ann Edminster. If you missed the introduction, you…

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    Establishing Best Practices

    What happens when two old friends and colleagues, living on opposite sides of the continent, in entirely different climates—not to mention having different occupations, backgrounds, and genders—try to agree on…