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Pete’s Products: Tstuds

High performance exterior walls typically handle thermal bridging at framing members in one of two ways—either the building is wrapped in some thickness of continuous rigid insulation outside of the sheathing or the home is framed with staggered, double-stud walls. Each of these two approaches has drawbacks. Window installation is more complicated. There are new details for carpenters to master in terms of managing structural and hygrothermal loads. And these options are also more expensive than conventionally built and insulated walls. Enter inventor Brian Iverson and the Tstud. Tstuds are an alternative to solid 2×6 framing lumber. Tstuds can be…

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Steal This Look: A Summery Bellport, NY, Porch, by Elizabeth Roberts

Not too long ago we featured Brooklyn-based architect Elizabeth Roberts’ 1850s cedar-shingle cottage in Bellport, Long Island (the low-key Hamptons alternative where Anna Wintour and Isabella Rossellini spend their weekends). Our favorite feature? The breezy screened porch, overlooking the pool and outfitted with easy-to-replicate elements. Here’s a guide (and see the full house here): Above: At one end of the porch, Elizabeth has created an outdoor dining area. For a similar shade of gray for the flooring, consider Benjamin Moore’s Stormy Monday. The Knotty Bubble chandelier by Lindsey Adelman was inspired by Japanese packaging, buoys, and shibari. Above: Elizabeth bought the sun porch sofa…

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Energy Code Development Begins: Commercial Proposals

This article is the second of a two-part series. To read about residential code proposals, click here. With millions of commercial and apartment buildings in the United States, an improved model building energy code can make a significant difference when it comes to reducing energy waste, saving owners and tenants money on their utility bills, and avoiding power plant pollution. Updating the code also is a critical policy tool for states, counties, and cities working to stave off the worst impacts of the climate crisis. That’s why code officials, builders, energy efficiency advocates, and others met last month in Albuquerque…

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Minnesota Homestead: Why We Built an Energy Efficient Home

A desire for a more authentic American Dream prompted a family to leave New York and return to the Midwest where they could build an energy efficient home. [Photo credit: Tracee Vetting Wolf and Matt Vetting.] Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of posts describing the construction of a net-zero energy house in Rochester, Minnesota, by Tracee Vetting Wolf, Matt Vetting and their son Max. The family returned to the Midwest from New York and in December 2016 found a 27-acre parcel of rural land where they could build their new home. You can find their complete…

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A 1700s Stone Farmhouse in the Hudson Valley, Discovered via Google

Caroline Diani and Jeffrey Doornbos, Southern California transplants (she was born in Nairobi and grew up in the north of England, he’s from the Midwest), have an idyllic life in Santa Barbara. Yet something was geographically lacking: “A couple of years ago, we decided we wanted to be bicoastal; to have a base on the East Coast,” according to Caroline, the owner of Santa Barbara interiors shop Diani Living. “I grew up in the north of England, in an old stone farmhouse, with an Aga in the kitchen and winters spent indoors reading. And Jeffrey, who’s an actor and founding Blue Man Group…

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Not All Open Door Policies are Created Equal

Not All Open Door Policies are Created Equal | 2019-07-01 | Walls & Ceilings This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn More This website requires certain…

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