Why square pencils are better than round ones, and a handful of trick-sharpening methods from a master carpenter
Meet code with the only deck tension tie engineered to adjust
Exterior insulation can create transition problems. Here are a few solutions
Equatorial sun changes the priorities in a construction sequence
Begin with the end in mind. And some construction materials, too.
3D Printing is hereby put on notice that it is not the disruptive sweetheart of the construction world anymore. ROBOTS are everywhere.
Here’s how to stiffen walls that are too narrow to resist the force exerted by high winds and earthquakes.
This Roomba-like device can navigate a room and print complicated layout on the floor.
Tie the walls to the foundation, the floor to the walls, and add shear strength for lateral support
A collection of five videos on a Passive House Retrofit in Sharon, CT (climate zone 5) executed by Ben Bogie, Built to Last, LLC
Keep mechanical equipment within the envelope to improve the quality of houses and homes
The most effective (and easiest) time to detail the air barrier is during the framing stage. If it isn't specified during design, ain't no way the framers are gonna get it right.
A collection of details that make sense for most framers to incorporate into their SOP—based on feedback from framers who do it a lot.
Six tips for clean and accurate cuts
18 Videos, articles, and animations showing you how to get through Section 1 of the Energy Star Thermal Bypass Checklist. It is about the continuity between various components of the air barrier system and the thermal envelope.
The non-structural requirements are pretty simple for guard rails: if there's a fall hazard, make a guard, and keep it such that it will actually stop people from falling.
Framing a roof with I-joists over the existing roof makes a ton of room for insulation and offers a short lesson in vapor movement through assemblies
Screwing I-joists to the outside of a wall—really—makes a lot more room for insulation on a deep energy retrofit in NW Connecticut