More stories about Exteriors

  • Managing Moisture

    Of the many principles incorporated into green building, moisture management is key to succeeding in at least two: health (in terms of avoiding mold) and durability (in terms of avoiding premature deterioration of materials). And while the business of building homes gets more difficult and more...

  • Green R&D: Hunter Douglas Warm Light Wall

    Installed on the MIT competition house during October’s Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., Hunter Douglas’ Warm Light Wall System was as eye-catching as it was functional. Based on a Trombe wall, Warm Light passive solar heating technology is made up of acrylic building blocks with aerogel...

  • Water Conservation Plays Key Green Role in New Mexico Condominiums

    In the dry climate of New Mexico, water conservation takes center stage in any discussion of green building. Bill Roth, president of Clear Creek Management Corp., is showing that efficient practices needn’t require special training or special orders.

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  • Managing Moisture Levels In Buildings

    Technology and Commonsense Design Are Your Dest Defenses Against Moisture

  • Native Landscaping Benefits Environment

    Drawn to the coast for its natural beauty and wildlife, yet increasingly confronted by red tides, fish kills, and contaminated beaches, many coastal residents are deeply concerned about the environment. While they cannot single-handedly save the coast, a growing number are seeking out builders and...

  • Green roofing

    The temperature atop Chicago's City Hall building on an average summer day is usually 14 degrees to 44 degrees cooler than the county office building across the street. The reason: the county building has a typical black-tar roof, while City Hall has a green roof planted with grass, plants, and...

  • Combining foam insulation and siding in a single product gives vinyl siding solidity, provides a vapor barrier and an energy-saving capability of around R-4

    Combining foam insulation and siding in a single product gives vinyl siding solidity, provides a vapor barrier and an energy-saving capability of around R-4, according to manufacturers.

  • Manufacturers introduce vinyl siding lines with traditional profiles and and performance improvements.

    Lately, manufacturers have been introducing vinyl siding lines with traditional profiles and with features that offer performance improvements over products of the past. Deeper, darker color palettes and insulated panels also continue to proliferate.

  • American architects are boldly specing ventilated façades.

    Any product junkie knows many innovative developments happen overseas. The international community's willingness to experiment with cutting-edge materials has yielded architectural favorites such as fiber-cement siding, wood-resin exterior panels, and cellulose-wood laminated cladding.