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What is a Deep Energy Retrofit?

Model ReModel 2022 will undergo a deep energy retrofit—here's how.




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Cross-Linking: A New Glue

'Hyper glue' formula may increase the strength and corrosion resistance in materials typically held together by adhesives

How to Make Sure Flashing Tape Sticks

A look at what makes flashing tape so sticky and why the way you install it determines how well it stays stuck

Understanding Relative Humidity

How much moisture air can hold depends on the temperature, which is why they call it “relative humidity.” Here’s how it works and why it matters.

How and Where Radiant Barriers Work

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

Framing With Thick ZIPs

This cold-climate wall system allows for smooth old-to-new transitions and incorporates a flush-framed deck ledger detail

Making Room for Roof Insulation

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

Airtight Deck Framing

Tightening this complex intersection of framing materials

Look Up

It's rare to find lighting guidelines backed up by documented field testing

Balanced Ventilation

In a tightly air-sealed house, a mechanical ventilation system ensures a healthy exchange of fresh air

Lighting: Theory Meets Practice

Real-world footcandle readings shine a light on the importance of recessed fixture size, lamp type, and fixture location

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