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  • Tristan Roberts | Apr 01,2009 12:30 PM EDT
    I think it's unfortunate that most citizens think of science as something that only people wearing lab coats can do. Yes, the scientific method is horribly misunderstood in large swaths of our ...
  • Coleen Chrencik | Apr 01,2009 09:27 AM EDT
    You could have enhanced the sustainability and increased wall R-Value to 30 or better if you had used Greenblock - Insulated Concrete forms. Reduced your HVAC requirements - our block is 4-hour ...
  • | Mar 31,2009 08:18 PM EDT
    Even if the "net zero" house generates more excess energy than it consumes from the grid, it has to generate that excess long enough to pay back the embodied energy costs not only in its ...
  • Martin Holladay | Mar 31,2009 01:16 PM EDT
    Tristan, You point out, "It'll take a long time to do the research needed to resolve the many questions out there." I agree. The necessary research is best done by public health professionals ...
  • Tristan Roberts | Mar 31,2009 01:03 PM EDT
    "If any builder has evidence that a specific building material is actually toxic, the solution is regulatory, not architectural. In other words, it’s time to write a letter to your representative, ...
  • Martin Holladay | Mar 31,2009 10:38 AM EDT
    John, Yes, the grid really does use any surplus electricity fed into the grid by a homeowner with a grid-connected PV or wind system. The electricity is not wasted. Off-grid homeowners, on the ...
  • Jon Vara, Editor, EDU | Mar 31,2009 09:46 AM EDT
    Excellent piece about toxics and one that will probably stir up a hornet's nest for you. When I worked at a builder's magazine, I regularly (and unsuccessfully) proposed that we do a story ...
  • jim blodgett | Mar 30,2009 10:30 PM EDT
    Well said, Mike, and right on time as we plan our next house. Thanks, and keep up the good work.
  • Christopher Vernott | Mar 30,2009 05:37 PM EDT
    COR-A-VENT http://www.cor-a-vent.com/siding-vent-sv-3.cfm
  • | Mar 29,2009 09:27 AM EDT
    Brice, The Headlock screws, which don't countersink, might be nice for preventing strapping from splitting, but how do you keep a uniform siding plane over all those screw heads? Also, ...
  • Peter Yost | Mar 29,2009 07:20 AM EDT
    Great to have folks poring over our details, particularly the window flashing ones. Two quick comments: 1. We tried to vary flashing details for the same or similar claddings for this very ...
  • tom barthelemy | Mar 28,2009 08:44 PM EDT
    What you need, in the language of architects, is a program. List your required spaces, look for ways to combine them, look for ways to link them. Work from diagrams at the beginning, not ...
  • John Brooks | Mar 28,2009 12:18 PM EDT
    Steve and Dan, I have attempted to draw part of your detail(3-00003) more "to scale" in order to see if it makes sense. http://www.flickr.com/photos/31591373@N07/3391792883/sizes/o/ Am I ...
  • Comrade Dictatrix | Mar 28,2009 11:06 AM EDT
    There is nothing wrong with the house. It's cute. It doesn't matter if the porch is regular size because most people have patios out back and can put up one of those nice gazebo's you can buy at ...
  • Brice Hereford | Mar 28,2009 07:23 AM EDT
    Jennifer, We are seeing increasing numbers of builders and architects designing both new and remodels with 2- 4 inches of rigid foam on the exterior of the envelope. Currently, they use HeadLok ...
  • Daniel Morrison | Mar 27,2009 09:23 PM EDT
    http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/homes/new-affordable-and-green-historic-neighborhood Dan
  • Brent Eubanks | Mar 27,2009 09:00 PM EDT
    The best solution is going to depend on your climate, particularly how much sun you see and how much heating you have to do over the course of the year. Heating with PV-produced electricity is ...
  • Carl Seville | Mar 27,2009 08:07 AM EDT
    try www.deltadry.com
  • Martin Holladay | Mar 27,2009 06:33 AM EDT
    Colin, I hope some Canadian readers will chime in with suggestions. One site to get you started is the Web site of the Canada Green Building Council: www.cagbc.org
  • Carl Seville | Mar 26,2009 10:54 PM EDT
    Pervious concrete works in cold climates as long as you have enough gravel below it to hold whatever rain falls before it freezes. This will vary based on your climate. There are installations ...
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