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How to Insulate an Attic Door

Unless you have a walk-in attic, chances are that your attic access is some sort of trap door in the ceiling, likely fitted with a set of fold-down stairs. And even if your attic is insulated (and it should be), chances are that the trap door itself is not. That’s a problem. There’s nothing to stop that expensive climate-controlled air—heated in the winter, cooled in the summer—from escaping through the trap door. It’s like having a slow leak in your bank account. The good news is that it’s a relatively easy fix. Fiberglass Insulation The easiest hedge against a thermal…


Home Data Logging

This is the first post in a four-part series covering the topic of data logging in terms of Types of Monitoring, Products and Performance, and Indoor Air Quality. “Data logging” is a term used to describe the recording of information about a home’s interior conditions—such as temperature and humidity—using a little device designed for this purpose. (I am partial to Onset Hobo loggers.) Logging allows us to solve several types of problems that are hard to analyze. We can see things that happen only late in the evening or early in the morning—the times when heating and air conditioning systems…


10 Easy Pieces: Freestanding Bathtub Faucets

Whether claw-footed or modern and clean-lined, freestanding bathtubs with no faucet holes require a floor- or wall-mounted tub filler. We like the flexibility of floor-mounted models. Here are 10 to consider. N.B.: The bathtub comes first. Variations in shape, height, style, and placement in your bathroom will drive faucet-buying considerations. And, as with all faucets, quality counts. This is a fitting that warrants an investment; look for faucets constructed of brass. Above: The A&E Bath & Shower Milan Round Spout Freestanding Tub Faucet (FSTF-01-R-CR) is $956 at Vintage Tub & Bath. Above: The Bond Floor Mounted Tub Filler (BXT37A) is $3,105…


Behind the Build | 2021 Cottage Community Idea House

Builder Jerry Effren had originally planned on a nine-month build-out that was shortened to just five months thanks to delays at the Planning and Zoning and Permitting offices. Adding fuel to the fire, he launched construction on each of the other four duplexes in the pocket neighborhood in one month intervals to achieve economies of scale and keep his team of subcontractors on the job. Shown: The TOH 2021 Idea House in the upper right-hand corner is one of 5 duplexes being built concurrently in this Norwalk, CT pocket neighborhood. Proper Basement Drainage Courtesy Greyrock Homes An excavator drops gravel…


Steal This Look: A Neutral Kitchen in Brooklyn with Lasting Style

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What Corporate Net-Zero Pledges Really Mean

You’ll probably hear the term “net-zero emissions” a lot over the coming weeks as government leaders and CEOs, under pressure, talk about how they’ll reduce their countries’ or businesses’ impact on climate change. Amazon, for example, just announced that more than 200 companies have now joined its Climate Pledge, committing to reach net-zero emissions by 2040. But what does net-zero emissions actually mean? “Zero emissions”—without the “net” caveat—means emitting no greenhouse gases. “Net-zero emissions” has more wiggle room. It’s like balancing a checkbook. The country or company cuts most of its emissions through efficiency and clean energy, then offsets the…

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