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How To Improve Energy Performance in Existing Attics

There’s more to insulating the attic than attic insulation; there’s venting, air sealing, and misery




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Preparing as a Remodeler for the Inflation Reduction Act

Since the recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the green building industry has been buzzing with enthusiasm for the more than $50…

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To Vent or Not to Vent, Part 2: The Decision

Symbi Homes, the Model ReModel 2022 contractor, has decided on whether or not to vent the 800 square foot in-law suite addition

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Achieving Net Zero Energy at Model ReModel

The 19th-century Victorian and new accessory dwelling unit boast impressive HERS measurements

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To Vent or Not to Vent a Home?

The Model ReModel 2022 remodeler must make a decision for the net-zero accessory dwelling unit

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What is a Deep Energy Retrofit?

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

Jobsite Know-How

How to Solve the Deck Ledger Problem in Fat Walls

Brick veneer and rigid exterior foam raise questions about deck ledger connections. We provide some answers.

How To Cut and Install Stair Stringers

Part 2 on the basics of building a straight run of stairs

3 Materials That May Forever Change the Home’s Makeup

With price spikes and shortages of traditional building materials, it may be time to start considering non-traditional ones

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

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