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Green Design

National green building standard

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The 2020 National Green Building Standard’s new prescriptive path allows potential certification regardless of existing conditions

double stud walls are great for adding insulation in a remodel

How to lay out, align, and connect the inner and outer walls of a superinsulated double-wall house

An industry-first circuit breaker bringing smart tech to energy management

salvaging materials can be a good way for remodelers to save money and stay green

Home Front Build carpenters are seen here framing a new house using old-growth Douglas fir they recovered from a 1905 home that would have otherwise been leveled and carted to the dump. 

Remodeler Steve Pallrand imparts invaluable insights on salvaging materials and saving his clients thousands, while saving the planet  

the LG solar array on this year's new american remodel

Sunny Las Vegas is perfect for solar, and the home has a 7-kilowatt rooftop array from LG. The panels’ location makes them invisible from the ground.

The New American Remodel explores creative approaches to sustainable design

the new american remodel features an evaporative pool

The New American Remodel features an organic, contemporary aesthetic that’s warm and inviting

A look behind the walls of the New American Remodel 

carbon fiber straps used to repair wall cracks

Carbon fiber straps may be used to repair wall cracks or bowing that’s no more than 2 inches. Before applying carbon straps, remove all paint from the wall. 

Dos and don’ts for creating a structurally sound, finished basement that homeowners will love

The 2019 New American Remodel will blend modern design with a farm-to-table lifestyle

With over 110,000 visitors, Cersaie was reconfirmed this year as the world's biggest tile show

Six takeaways from the world’s largest tile show

A radiant barrier, such as that on foil-faced rigid insulation, can reduce heat transfer across the airspace between the strapping and metal roofing and siding. Image courtesy Matt Risinger 

 

Foil blocks heat transfer best if it stays clean, is adjacent to an airspace, and the delta is large enough. 

The best of the best are revealed. 

Large walk in showers are popular in remodeling

2017's No. 1 feature was No. 4 in 2016

professional remodeler adding a space between exterior wall and roof for efficiency

Whether you use trusses or rafters, creating space above exterior walls will improve energy performance

The New American Remodel is co-sponsored by Professional Remodeler and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The home will be open for tours during the International Builders’ Show in January 2018.

Transforming a 1930s Orlando home into a showcase of contemporary living

natural building materials

These innovative materials make use of stuff that would otherwise have been thrown away

model remodel

The second part of our two-part story focuses on the project’s finishes and strategic solutions to real-world construction challenges

For the first part of our two-part story, we focus on energy efficiency and practical solutions to everyday construction challenges 

An energy-minded carpenter’s take on when it makes sense to use less wood in a wall—and when it doesn’t

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