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  • Green Building Blog

    Keeping Ducts Where They Belong

    Ducts running through unconditioned attics or crawlspaces can create problems in all climates. Undesirable positive or negative pressurization, moisture and mold issues, and increased energy costs are often the result.…

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    Sizing Up the Carbon Problem

    These are troubling times for conscientious architects and builders. A 2019 report from the U.N. Environment Programme offers a “bleak” outlook in progress toward controlling greenhouse gas emissions and holding…

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    Air-to-Water Heat Pump Retrofit

    Air-to-water heat pumps generate a lot of buzz, but is anyone installing them? When we purchased our hydronics-based home in 2015, I was intrigued by the prospect of replacing the…

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    Air Sealed and On Piers

    As a remodeling contractor, I often find myself with unique projects that take some outside-the-box thinking, and this job was no different. My customers wanted to add a 12-ft. by…

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    Another Take on a Concrete-Free Slab

    Randy Williams of Willcon Inc. recently contacted me regarding a project he is wrapping up in northern Minnesota. I was intrigued because he has eliminated the concrete slab foundation altogether,…

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    Installing Flangeless Windows

    Some of you may have taken the time to watch my video series with Fine Homebuilding about properly installing flanged windows in multiple assemblies. Those methods apply to most windows…

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    Five Walls that Work

    The subhead to this article—Whether you follow your local building code or shoot for high performance, use this guide to make sure your walls won't fail—makes a promise it can…

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    Makeup Air for Kitchen Exhaust

    Building codes are chock full of instances in which requirements for a certain assembly or feature are laid out in great detail, but the thing itself isn’t actually required. It’s…

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    Living Building Challenge Met

    The Living Building Challenge (LBC)— designed by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI)—is considered to be the world’s most rigorous green-building standard. The LBC is organized into seven performance areas…

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    A Case for Double-Stud Walls

    As a small-volume builder who mostly does renovations, I have not built that many new houses in my career. But those I have built, have all been thoughtfully designed and…