Green Dreamin'

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Green Dreamin'

What do you get when you cross a deep energy retrofit with an 1880s Victorian-style home?

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Serious Materials Rocks

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July 01, 2008

Gypsum. It’s not just for Twinkies. The mineral, a semi hydrous form of calcium sulfate, with many uses from Plaster of Paris to Chinese Medicine and even Twinkies, is mined all over the ... [continue reading]

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Managing Moisture

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May 06, 2007

Q I enjoyed reading your article on the home you recently built in Ohio (“Design, Construction, and Performance in Ohio,” Jan/Feb ’07, p. 36). I am an architect practicing in the Pacific Northwest (... [continue reading]

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Brainy Membrane

Author: Marc Zuluaga
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July 01, 2006

A vapor retarder that changes permeability with changing relative humidity provides added protection against moisture problems in exterior walls. [continue reading]

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Greening Your Siding

Author: Jim La Rue
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March 02, 2006

        When the siding/cladding decisions emerge in a green residential building project, we are all reminded that green building is a work in progress, and that it has a ... [continue reading]

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Greening The Exterior Walls

Author: Jim LaRue
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January 01, 2006

        Greening the exterior wall systems of residential structures is a complicated process, and it hasn’t been made any easier by the emergence of alternative wall systems. Of ... [continue reading]

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Use Foil in Walls?

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March 01, 2005

Q. I’m desperate for some balanced information. I’m putting new cement-based clapboard siding on my house on top of a plywood shell. The siding contractor said that he typically wraps the ... [continue reading]

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The Latest on Steel Stud Walls

Author: Jan Kosny
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September 01, 2004

      Q.We are interested in building our own home in Northern California, just east of Sacramento. It is our understanding that steelframed homes are considered more energy efficient than wood-framed homes.... [continue reading]

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Natural Insulation Products

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September 01, 2003

Soft on the environment - and sometimes even soft to the touch - natural insulation products are filling a growing market niche. [continue reading]

How your refrigerator has kept its cool over 40 years of efficiency improvements

Marianne DiMascio

How your refrigerator has kept its cool over 40 years of efficiency improvements

One of the great inventions of our time – the modern refrigerator – will get an efficiency makeover when new ...

Rob Nicely, Warrior for Sustainability

Tom White

Rob Nicely, Warrior for Sustainability

I was first impressed by Rob Nicely when I heard him speak these words to an audience of builders, designers, ...

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