The Perfect Wall and the Building Science Blues

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The Perfect Wall and the Building Science Blues

What is the Perfect Wall? And, why does it give me the building science blues? This article answers both of those questions, and it tells how some of the best building scientists on the continent, ...

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Serious Materials Rocks

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Managing Moisture

May 06, 2007

Q I enjoyed reading your article on the home you recently built in Ohio (“Design, Construction, and Performance in Ohio,” Jan/Feb ’07, p. 36). I am an architect practicing in the Pacific Northwest (... [continue reading]


Greening Your Siding

Author: Jim La Rue
March 02, 2006

        When the siding/cladding decisions emerge in a green residential building project, we are all reminded that green building is a work in progress, and that it has a ... [continue reading]


Greening The Exterior Walls

Author: Jim LaRue
January 01, 2006

        Greening the exterior wall systems of residential structures is a complicated process, and it hasn’t been made any easier by the emergence of alternative wall systems. Of ... [continue reading]


Use Foil in Walls?

March 01, 2005

Q. I’m desperate for some balanced information. I’m putting new cement-based clapboard siding on my house on top of a plywood shell. The siding contractor said that he typically wraps the ... [continue reading]


The Latest on Steel Stud Walls

Author: Jan Kosny
September 01, 2004

      Q.We are interested in building our own home in Northern California, just east of Sacramento. It is our understanding that steelframed homes are considered more energy efficient than wood-framed homes.... [continue reading]


Natural Insulation Products

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Soft on the environment - and sometimes even soft to the touch - natural insulation products are filling a growing market niche. [continue reading]

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