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Urban Rustic: The Blower Door Test

A blower door test is the culmination of a lot of hard work to cut off as many air leaks as possible in the building shell. Results in this case were about one-third of the allowable Passive House limit. [All photos by Eric Whetzel] When it was time to schedule our blower door test, I looked online and found Anthony from Building Energy Experts. He was able to come out and do a blower door test for us, helping me hunt down a couple of small leaks. We ended up at 0.34 ach50 for this initial test. This Hammer & Hand…

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Fiberboard Insulation Developer Takes a Step Forward

Fiberboard insulation, long popular in Europe, should have its first U.S. producer by early next year. A Maine-based company plans to overhaul a closed paper mill and ready a new production line for fiberboard. [Photo credit: 475 High Performance Building Supply] A Maine-based startup hoping to expand the wood fiber insulation market in the U.S. is in the process of buying a shuttered paper mill and hopes to start production of batt, board and blown in insulation next year. GO Lab, a spinoff of GO Logic in Belfast, Maine, is plunking down roughly $2.5 million for the Madison Paper Industries…

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Westerly Ranch Barbecue Insider Giveaway

OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN Sponsor: This Old House Westerly Ranch Barbecue Insider Giveaway ("Giveaway") is sponsored by This Old House Ventures, LLC, 262 Harbor Drive, Stamford, CT 06902 ("Sponsor"). Giveaway Entry Period:  The Giveaway starts at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Time (ET) on Monday, April 29, 2019 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 ("Giveaway Entry Period"). A Day starts at 12:00:01 AM ET and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET each calendar day of the Giveaway Entry Period. Eligibility:  Giveaway open only to legal residents of the 50 United States or the…

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Photoshop Redo: A Handsome Homestead

Photoshop Redo: A Handsome Homestead 4 × Finishing Touches: Stone Finishing Touches: Stone Illustration by Drawgate Inc. Striking accents and natural textures enhance the farmhouse’s simple Craftsman style. Limestone-look veneer—complete with embedded “fossils”—grounds the new patio walls. RoughCut in Moonlight, from $7 per square foot; Eldorado Stone 5 × Finishing Touches: Wall Light Finishing Touches: Wall Light Illustration by Drawgate Inc. A nautical-inspired lantern with a seeded-glass globe lights the way in just-right vintage style. Harwich Dualux 10" Outdoor Wall Light in Textured Black, $160; Houzz 6 × Finishing Touches: House Numbers Finishing Touches: House Numbers Illustration by Drawgate Inc.…

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The $15 DIY: The Hardware Store Clamp Light Improved

With a minor tweak, a lamp from the hardware store is personalized—by way of color choice—and elevated. Easy, quick, and useful in every rooms, it’s the DIY every house needs. Photography by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista. Materials One Incandescent Clamp Light with an aluminum shade—sourced from your local hardware store or online at Home Depot for $9.31. Rust-Oleum Gloss Protective Enamel Spray Paint; I used Smoke Gray; about $4.28 at Lowe’s. Instructions Above: Step 1: Remove all labels and clip off unwanted tags to prepare the light for painting. Above: Step 2: Remove the lampshade, paying close attention so that you can…

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Proposal to Cut Efficiency Budgets Makes No Sense

The Trump administration's new budget would affect a variety of energy efficiency and research programs at the Department of Energy. [Image credit: U.S. Department of Energy / CC BY-ND / Flickr] It’s not Groundhog Day, but it sure feels like it: the Trump administration rolled out its detailed Fiscal Year 2020 budget for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and once again, it contains enormous cuts for the federal energy efficiency and clean energy programs that affect the lives of and energy bills of all Americans — and at a time when we need these initiatives more than ever to clean our…

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