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Dryvit Launches New-Look “Modulite” Panelization Program

Dryvit Launches New-Look “Modulite” Panelization Program | 2021-04-21 | 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 cookies to…

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Solar Decathlon Build Challenge Wraps Up a Difficult Year

The University of Colorado Boulder emerged as the top finisher among nine collegiate teams in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Build Challenge, wrapping up a competition delayed and complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Winners were announced over the weekend in a video presentation that included Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. The University of Waterloo was second and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was third in the overall judging. Teams were scored in a total of 10 categories, including energy performance, engineering, architecture, and market potential. Winners in individual categories can be viewed here. Separately, DOE announced winners in…

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Not All Share Equally in the Benefits of Urban Green Spaces

This post originally appeared at Ensia. With the arrival of spring, Platte Farm Open Space, located in the diverse, working-class neighborhood of Globeville in north Denver, comes alive with native grasses, pollinator gardens that attract bees and butterflies, and wildflowers, such as Mexican hat, asters, poppies, and Gaillardia. “This is a beautiful amenity—a beautiful piece of space that was previously being abused,” says Jan Ediger, a longtime resident of Globeville. A former brownfield site, Platte Farm is 5-1/2 acres of open green space in the heart of Globeville that, along with the wildflowers, grasses, and gardens, has walking trails, a…

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Steal This Look: An Interior Designer’s High/Low Scandi Living Room, Ikea Sofa included

Last month, Holly Marder, an interior designer and co-founder of Avenue Design Studio, shared her recently renovated home in Delft with our readers. (Missed the story? Go here.) We loved it so much, we’re revisiting one of our favorite moments from the house tour: the living room. “The goal in this extended space,” she wrote on her Instagram post, “was to create a luminous, light-filled living area that feels spacious despite its humble size, with plenty of contrast and materiality to counterbalance its pared-back sensibilities.” We think she nailed it. Photography by Holly Marder. Above: The dining room is open…

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10 Things Nobody Tells You About Painting Kitchen Cabinets

(Meredith painted her bathroom black, then back to white again; her tips apply to the kitchen as well. Read on in Back from Black: Repainting the Bath from Dark to Light.) 5. Use the hard stuff. For cabinets, forget matte and eggshell finishes, and opt for semigloss, gloss, or satin instead—hardy finishes that are easy to clean. “You want a surface that’s durable and wipeable, so you won’t be painting again for at least a few years,” says Ridge. 6. The magic number? 2 to 2.5. Above: An arsenal of tools and brushes in DIY Paint: Designer Michaela Scherrer Mixes Her Own…

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The BS* + Beer Show: Advancements in Framing

This episode of the BS* + Beer show features guests Andy Engel, Alexandra Baczek, and Mark Wille discussing “Advancements in Framing.” We look at the industry’s progression from timber framing to balloon framing to platform framing to advanced framing, and consider related materials including panel and board sheathing, LVLs, CLT, Larsen trusses, Tstuds, and SIPs.  Andy, the traditionalist among us, shares his perspective after four decades in the field. He describes his experience with balloon and timber frames, the challenges of working on homes with no sheathing, the changes he has seen in the quality of lumber, and the importance…

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