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ENERGY-CONSCIOUS CONSTRUCTION: Litigation Insurance?

Author: Stan Luhr
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November 01, 1997

The term "construction defect" was little known among builders just a few years ago. Today, cases are popping up all over the country, and class action lawsuits involving defective houses are becoming commonplace. [continue reading]

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Proof That Production Town Houses Can Perform

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September 01, 1997

The Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) is helping to make American housing stock more affordable and energy- and resource-efficient. [continue reading]

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What's Being Built Out There? Performance Tests on 100 New Homes

Author: Arnie Katz
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September 01, 1997

People who know building science often cringe when they see new construction with the same old problems. Leaky ducts, poor air sealing, improperly sized mechanical systems all seem too common. But visiting construction sites only shows part of the problem. [continue reading]

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Creating an Energy Efficient Habitat

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July 01, 1997

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) has helped over 50,000 families obtain affordable housing. Thanks to the commitment and partnership of thousands of volunteers and homeowners, Habitat has become one of the most respected humanitarian organizations and the 20th largest home builder in the United States. [continue reading]

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House Plans Maximize Performance per Dollar

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July 01, 1997

The National Affordable Housing Network has developed house plans that greatly reduce first costs while providing the greatest possible improvement in energy efficiency and comfort. [continue reading]

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Habitat's Environmental Initiative

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July 01, 1997

In 1994, HFHI launched an environmental initiative centered on the idea of sustainable construction--an idea that embraces resource- and energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive building techniques. [continue reading]

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Energy Conservation in Cohousing Communities

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July 01, 1997

Cohousing communities are neighborhoods designed and managed by residents seeking a cooperative living arrangement. These developments foster community, save money, and reduce environmental impacts--including residential energy use. [continue reading]

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Contractors Face Changing Marketplace

Author: Ann Kelly
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May 01, 1997

If a nationally known expert on building trends is correct, the home retrofit and remodeling marketplace will become dominated by corporate players who sell contracting services with their products. [continue reading]

Confessions of an Insulation Installer: What I Love About Wool

Travis Weeks

Confessions of an Insulation Installer: What I Love About Wool

Last month, we (the crew at Performance Insulation) completed a project on Bainbridge Island, about a 30-minute ferry ride from ...

RaterFest! Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Shawna Henderson

RaterFest! Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

The setting is stunning, 8,000 feet up in the Rockies. Colorado in September, aspen, screaming blue skies, bright clear nights. Who ...

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