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Plumbing & Electrical

navien at their blue man group party at IBS 2020

The NPN formally launched late last year with a party in January to celebrate.

Navien’s non-condensing water heater is a first in the market

the new american remodeled home sponsored by national association of home builders and professional remodeler magazine

Like most homes based on modern design, this one has a lot of glass. But by combining better-performing glazing, good insulation and air sealing, and efficient HVAC, the project team was able to meet energy-use targets.

The New American Remodel team relied on lessons from a decade of technology improvements to create a winner in the race to zero. Here’s how they did it.

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The crew sheathed the walls with ZIP System panels from Huber Engineered Woods. ZIP System panels have an air- and moisture-resistive barrier that, when used with ZIP System Flashing Tape, protects against air and water intrusion. Theflashing tape is very sticky, and technique matters. Tape in a sequence that creates overlaps that promote moisture drainage: lowest horizontal seams first; then vertical seams immediately above, overlapping at the intersections; then the next course of horizontal seams; and so on.

This retirement home packs a lot of quality construction into a small space

Products from Weil-McLain, Johnson Controls, Geberit North America, Noon Home, Flo, Hubbell TayMac, Overhead Door, Panasonic, SharkBite Plumbing Solutions, and Madison Electric Products

quick drains are becoming popular remodel with homeowners

A drain for creating seamless, single-slope shower designs

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

The result is a clean cutout that will be easily concealed by a standard coverplate

Tools and techniques for making perfect electrical box cutouts every time

The result of an electrician being on the mend for six weeks 

making sure flashing tape stick pro remodeler

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

LeakSmart took its existing system and turned it into a product any remodeler can install

kohler continousclean is a favorite among remodelers

A hands-free, worry-free system for keeping toilet bowls cleaner

Products from A.O. Smith, Bosch, Broan, Panasonic, Belkin International, Garaventa Lift, Omega Flex, SharkBite Plumbing Solutions, Air King America, Schlage, and Rheem

The kind of outlets and switches designers get excited about

A single device to bring water monitoring into the smart home technology mix

Shower curbs create several corners close to the floor of the shower, where they get wet from splashing water. Even a small leak can be disastrous because over time it creates an ever-increasing vulnerable area that takes on more and more water. 

Most shower leaks occur at curbs, corners and drains. Building redundancy into the system reduces the risk.

These metal plates restore strength to joists that have encountered an overzealous plumber

These metal plates restore strength to joists that have encountered an overzealous plumber

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