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How to Build a Concrete Paver Walkway

Project details Skill 1 out of 5 Easy Cost $$ for materials and tool rentals Estimated Time Depending on the size of the job, a small walkway (like the one featured) can be completed in a day, while a larger walkway or patio will require a couple of days for prep and installation. Watch as This Old House Host Kevin O’Connor and Roger Cook, landscape contractor, build and install a new walkway with concrete pavers. What is a Concrete Paver? Concrete pavers can mimic the look of brick but are manufactured and produced in molds, resulting in a uniform look…

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New Job Corps Centers on HPIP’s Map

New Job Corps Centers on HPIP's Map | 2020-07-28 | Walls & CeilingsWalls & Ceilings logoWalls & Ceilings logo 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…

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We Need Zero Energy Communities

An artist's rendering of the National Western Center, a net-zero campus under construction in Denver to house multiple activities. Illustration courtesy City and County of Denver / Mayor's Office of the National Western Center. Although the coronavirus pandemic has dominated recent headlines, climate change hasn’t gone away. Many experts are calling for a “green” economic recovery that directs investments into low-carbon energy sources and technologies. Buildings account for 40% of total energy consumption in the U.S., compared to 32% for industry and 28% for transportation. States and cities with ambitious climate action plans are working to reduce emissions from the…

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Ban On New Gas Connections in Massachusetts Town Fizzles

The Massachusetts attorney general has overturned an attempt to prohibit gas connections in new construction. The bylaw was passed in Brooikline, Massachusetts, last November, but it interferes with existing state law. Photo courtesy Sam Chua / CC BY-NC-ND / Flickr. An attempt to bring a ban on natural gas connections in new construction from California to Massachusetts has collided head-on with state law. Last November, the Boston-area town of Brookline adopted a bylaw that would prohibit most new gas connections in an effort to lower carbon emissions. The town meeting vote—to which only three town residents objected—aligned Brookline with dozens…

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Collective Composition: A Historic Villa Renovation in Auckland by Katie Lockhart and Jack McKinney Architects

We’ve long admired the work of New Zealand interior designer Katie Lockhart whose distinctive style crosses the boundaries between midcentury and contemporary while pulling from European, New Zealand, and Southeast Asian design. Lockhart recently completed the renovation of a traditional New Zealand villa in Ponsonby, Auckland, working with Jack McKinney Architects. The clients both work in creative fields, and took inspiration from a recent trip to Sri Lanka, where they encountered the work of architect Geoffrey Bawa. Working with a relatively small site constrained by houses on all sides, McKinney was limited by the heritage rules surrounding the original dwelling,…

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5 Types of Plumbing Pipes

The plumbing pipes that carry water to your kitchen faucet or drain waste to your sewage system have evolved over time. The galvanized iron or steel pipes that were a staple to in-home plumbing during the early 1900s gave way to more advanced plumbing solutions, such as polyvinyl chloride piping (PVC) and polyethylene cross-linked (PEX) piping. Keep reading to learn about the most common plumbing pipes you can find in your home. 1. PVC Pipes PVC is a plumbing pipe known for its versatility, lightweight, and blockage resistance. PVC piping is generally used as part of a sink, toilet, or…

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