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What Does the Term ‘Resilience’ Really Mean?

This post originally appeared at Ensia. The term “resilience” is everywhere. And everywhere, it seems, it means something a little different. Resilience has been used to describe people and systems that bounce back from negative experiences and disturbances. It has also been used to refer to systems that survive being jostled around — whether or not they go back to where they were before, or to any stable state, for that matter. While some have argued that resilience is an empty concept, the widespread use of the idea of resilience across disciplines, sectors, and professions suggests it is a necessary…

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Top 20 Best New Home Products | Building Materials

Top 20 Best New Home Products | Building Materials 2 × 1. PERENNIAL ROOF TILE 1. PERENNIAL ROOF TILE DaltilePorcelain, known for its great durability and resistance to fading and moisture, is now going on roofs. The 9mm- and 12mm-thick tiles, which resemble slate, clay, or wood-shingle roofing, can be used anywhere in the country, have a lifetime warranty, and should last for at least 75 years.From $3 per square foot; Daltile 3 × 2. PHYN PLUS SMART WATER ASSISTANT + SHUTOFF 2. PHYN PLUS SMART WATER ASSISTANT + SHUTOFF PhynUnlike less sophisticated whole-house shutoff valves, this one utilizes an…

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Saving Sustainably: Air Sealing and Insulation

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of blogs detailing the construction of a net-zero energy house in Point Roberts, Washington, by an owner-builder with relatively little building experience. A list of Matt Bath’s GBA articles can be found at the bottom of this page. You’ll find Matt Bath’s full blog, Saving Sustainably, here. If you want to follow project costs, you can keep an eye on a budget worksheet here. After passing the HVAC and rough framing inspection, I now had permission to close in the walls, and the first step was to make sure that I had minimal air…

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A Star Is Reborn: An Iconic Midcentury House in LA Renovated by Park McDonald

Founded by husband-and-wife team Alice Park and Michael McDonald, Los Angeles-based Park McDonald has a penchant for renovating, restoring, and reviving midcentury houses with great sensitivity and care (Frank Lloyd Wright fans, take note of the firm’s renovation of the Millard House). The firm feels fortunate to be living in a hotbed of notable modernist architecture. “Our clients are very passionate about design and appreciate what we have here in LA,” says McDonald. Among the firm’s historic remodels is: the Schaffer Residence, designed in 1948 by John Lautner, one of the most important and influential architects of the 20th century. The house, like many…

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Current Obsessions: June Forecast

Current Obsessions: June Forecast - RemodelistaIcon - Arrow LeftIcon - Arrow RightIcon - External LinkIcon - MessageIcon - Down ChevronIcon - CloseIcon - Dropdown ArrowIcon - Location PinIcon - Zoom OutIcon - Zoom InIcon - SearchIcon - EmailIcon - FacebookflipboardIcon - InstagramIcon - PinterestIcon - TwitterIcon - Check Mark An icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. An icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. An icon we use to indicate a button link is external. The icon we use to represent an email action. Used to indicate a dropdown. Used to indicate a close action. Used to…

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