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Going After the Global Warming Potential of Ready-Mixed Concrete

The absolute bad boy of CO2 emissions in the building industry is the approximately 17% dry weight of Portland cement in a standard ready-mix concrete. Somewhere between 5% and 8% of global CO2 emissions are the result of Portland cement production. It’s not just that the Portland cement process is energy intensive, it’s also the fuels used. Producing one ton of Portland cement generates nearly a ton of CO2! Portland cement production process image from The Constructor. Can we reduce the amount of Portland cement used to make concrete? Yes, we can. There are a number of supplementary cementitious materials…

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Windows: No Pane, No Gain | Clearstory Ep. 3

Subscribe to Clearstory on or, wherever you get your podcasts. Caséta by Lutron, pioneers in smart home technology, is the title sponsor of Clearstory, and The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, is a presenting sponsor. https://www.thisoldhouse.com/article/windows-no-pane-no-gain-clearstory-ep-3

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A Soulful, Monastic House in New Zealand, Japanese-Shaker Style Included

The Rawene House, a mindfulness compound designed for a sound healer by Stevens Lawson Architects and Katie Lockhart Studio, is located in the Auckland suburb of Westmere. The architects built the steel-free timber house with a cast concrete wall, a cedar shingle steep angled roof, and passive design techniques in order to minimize toxins and electromagnetic radiation. As the build was under way, Stevens Lawson brought on designer Katie Lockhart to develop a “soulful, monastic house with a sense of serenity,” she says. Lockhart was inspired by the “reduced elegance” of Shaker furniture and the George Nakashima House in New…

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Design for Cold Weather in Rich Hues and Lush Textures, from Toast

From our perch here in the US, we’ve long coveted the simple but thoughtful collections of UK-based lifestyle company Toast. First launched out of a barn in Wales, Toast began as a loungewear company before expanding into goods for the home and well-made women’s clothing—now available stateside, too. Their vision is one of simpler but richer living: Each piece in their House & Home shop is borne out of collaborations with artisans around the world; a cultivation of traditional, age-old techniques, from indigo dyeing to basket-weaving; and a belief in the beauty of the handmade. A Toast piece is made…

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Critics Claim Agreement Helps Home-Building Industry Block Tougher Energy Codes

An undisclosed pact between the nation’s most powerful home builders’ lobby and the organization that writes model building codes has slowed the adoption of energy-saving requirements for new homes, critics have claimed. The arrangement is between the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), which represents some 140,000 U.S. builders, and the International Code Council (ICC), which publishes the International Residential Code, an influential model building code that has been adopted in many states. In a published report last week, The New York Times said a deal first signed in 2002 guaranteed NAHB four of 11 voting seats on the committee…

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North Carolina Tudor | Save This Old House

Price: $70,000Location: Washington, NCContact: Maggie Gregg, Preservation North Carolina, 252-689-6678The History: Just two blocks from the Pamlico River, this Tudor-style cottage was built in 1930 by Henry Clay Carter III, son of a physician, and his wife, Marjorie Hoyt Carter, daughter of the city’s leading clothier. This seaport’s bustling maritime activity may have been what attracted the Carters, who moved from New York in the early 1900s. While the river still draws residents, visitors, and business owners alike, the house, located downtown, has fallen into disrepair. Shown: A short walk to the riverbank, the three-bedroom, two-bath Tudor-style cottage has 1,852…

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