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Spotlight on the Summit: Avoiding Stucco Failures and Making High Performance Easier to Build

The first ever Fine Homebuilding Summit is less than 3 months away, and we’re getting more and more excited the closer we get. Why? Because planning the event means that we’ve had the pleasure of talking to each of our 12 expert presenters about the specifics of their classes. Let’s just say that holding the event from Wednesday evening through Friday afternoon is ideal, because attendees will need the rest of the weekend to recover from the amount of knowledge we are going to cram into this 2 day seminar. To give you a taste, here’s a look at just…


Current Obsessions: Marine Blue

Here’s what’s on our radar as we try to  keep our cool: Above: On view at The New Craftsmen in London: The Dining Collection, “encompassing serveware, glassware, furniture, and a new range of made to order dining sets, from the likes of John Wheeldon, Christine Milne and Matthew Cox.” Admiring the new Reed Candlestick line from Roman & Williams Guild (designed by Stephen for Robin); available in burnished or blackened brass and silver. Looking forward to the latest from one of our favorite UK cookbook writers, Diana Henry: From the Oven to the Table, full of dishes you can “bung in the oven,” as…


Another Take on Tstuds

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared under the headline “Breaking the Thermal Bridge With Tstuds” in Kiley Jacques’ Houses by Design blog over at  Finehomebuilding.com. Considering all of the discussion this new product has generated here on GBA, we thought it was worth sharing Kiley’s post which offers a few more expert opinions. “I believe in the idea of the thermally broken stud, as well as a future where the focus is on improving the performance of the first 6 in. of walls rather than simply making them thicker.”—Brad Stokes Brian Iverson, inventor of the Tstud, has stirred the pot.…


Bill to Cut New York City Carbon Emissions: $20 Billion

Legislation to lower greenhouse gas emissions from New York City's largest buildings could cost their owners as much as $24 billion over the next decade, according to a new analysis. Photo: Daniel Mennerick / CC BY-NC-ND / Flickr New York City’s plan to slash carbon emissions from large buildings over the next decade won’t be cheap. John Mandyck, board chairman of the Urban Green Council, said in a post on the nonprofit’s website that retrofitting nearly 50,000 buildings will cost building owners between $16.6 billion and $24.3 billion. But the effort also will bring new opportunities and thousands of new…


Current Obsessions: Porch Camp

Current Obsessions: Porch Camp - RemodelistaIcon - Arrow LeftIcon - Arrow RightIcon - External LinkIcon - MessageIcon - Down ChevronIcon - CloseIcon - Dropdown ArrowIcon - Location PinIcon - Zoom OutIcon - Zoom InIcon - SearchIcon - EmailIcon - FacebookflipboardIcon - InstagramIcon - PinterestIcon - TwitterIcon - Check Mark An icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. An icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. An icon we use to indicate a button link is external. The icon we use to represent an email action. Used to indicate a dropdown. Used to indicate a close action. Used to…


Bans on Plastic Bags Can Backfire

Bans on single-use plastic bags can have unintended consequences. Redesigned carryout bags or bag fees might be more successful at reducing plastic use. Photo: Peteruetz / Wikimedia Governments are increasingly banning the use of plastic products, such as carryout bags, straws, utensils, and microbeads. The goal is to reduce the amount of plastic going into landfills and waterways. And the logic is that banning something should make it less abundant. However, this logic falls short if people actually reuse those items instead of buying new ones. For example, so-called “single-use” plastic carryout bags can have a multitude of unseen second…

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