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Earth Bound
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Earth Bound

The 2005 New Urban Challenge show home project, co-sponsored by Home and BUILDER... More

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Concrete High

Builders and contractors are paying upwards of 20 percent more for concrete than they did last year as robust housing demand and China's building boom hinder supply. Projects in Southern California, Florida, and more than two dozen other states have been delayed as a result. The shortage eventually could put a damper on the national economy. More

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Freeze Out

Frost-protected shallow foundations can be incorporated into slab-on-ground construction, but it can also be used for stem wall, floating slab, and unvented crawl space foundations. More

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The Hole Story

Constructing the three-story, six-condo structure on its postage-stamp–sized lot proved surprisingly straightforward, says Jim Miller, who served as site superintendent for the builder, Leo Moore & Associates of Formosa Beach, Calif. The underground parking garages posed the only real challenge. More

Stone Work
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Stone Work

Manufactured stone has been around for several decades now, but in recent years,... More

Narrow Wall Face-Off
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Narrow Wall Face-Off

Requirements for a 48-inch-wide bracing wall next to garage doors can be reduced... More

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Measuring Moisture

Over the past year, the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB), part of the DOE's Building America Program, teamed up with Steven Winter Associates, a Norwalk, Conn.-based consulting firm, to look at moisture movement inside insulating wall systems, as well as water buildup on the inside of concrete walls in an insulated, dehumidified basement. More

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New Landscaping Wall System Faster, Cheaper Than Block

Wondertec International, based in Newberry, S.C., says that its new cement-based landscaping and subdivision wall system is faster to build than concrete block and is as much as 40 percent cheaper. Moreover, with recent Dade County Miami approval, the wall can be built up to 15 feet tall in high-wind zones up to 150 miles per hour, the company adds. More

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Greening Concrete

Environmental impact of above-grade block and poured concrete. More

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How-To: Minimize to Maximize

Frost-protected shallow foundations. In-line framing. Single-layer subfloors. These techniques can save on your hard costs, at the same time benefiting generations of homeowners. Here's how to shave costs without sacrificing quality or energy efficiency. More

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