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Should a Roof Have a Rainscreen?

A vented rainscreen is an increasingly common exterior detail on exterior walls. Instead of attaching siding directly to the sheathing, builders add an air space behind the siding, which helps carry away moisture and prolongs the life of the siding. Builders typically use vertical furring strips to create the gap, but there also are commercial products like Home Slicker, a plastic mesh, that are designed to do the same thing. A rainscreen certainly is an extra step in construction, but many builders think it’s well worth the effort. So, Eric Mikkelsen asks, are vented rainscreens equally valuable on a roof?…

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Zac Brown’s Camp Southern Ground

Zac Brown's Camp Southern Ground | 2019-02-01 | 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 cookies to work…

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Take the Stucco Off: Exterior Stucco and EIFS Claddings

Take the Stucco Off: Exterior Stucco and EIFS Claddings | 2019-02-01 | 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…

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Why the Offshore Wind Industry Is About to Take Off

The Middelgruden wind farm in Denmark includes only 20 wind turbines. That's not many, but it's four four times the current total of U.S. offshore turbines. Offshore projects now in the works for the U.S. will substantially change the picture. (Image credit: United Nations / CC BY-NC-ND / Flickr) There are only five wind turbines operating in U.S. waters today. But that will likely soon change, partly because of states with ambitious offshore wind targets. Off the Massachusetts coastline, for example, Vineyard Wind aims to build one of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farms. This planned 800-megawatt offshore wind…

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Nitrate Taints Drinking Water of Millions, Study Finds

Levels of nitrate that could cause illness and birth defects are in the drinking water of 5.6 million Americans and is a particular problem for Hispanic communities. (Image credit: Kamil Kaczor / CC / Flickr) Drinking water for more than 5 million Americans contains nitrate levels that may be high enough to increase the risk of cancer and birth defects, a study published earlier this month said. The problem is especially acute with community water systems that serve Hispanic residents, the report in Environmental Health said. In the wake of the 2015 water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the authors said…

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New York City Bans Foam Food and Beverage Containers

New York City's ban on polystyrene coffee cups and clamshell food containers should reduce street litter and help clean up waterways. The new rule took effect on Jan. 1 but businesses have six months to comply. (Image credit: Janine / BY-NC-ND / Flickr) New York City’s streets will have less litter and its rivers and bays will be less polluted as the Big Apple becomes the largest jurisdiction in the country to ban polystyrene foam food and beverage containers. The new policy, effective January 1, 2019, caps an intense, five-year battle in which the plastics industry, led by the Dart…

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