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  • Rain Screen Exterior Walls

    White Papers // Oct 2004 // provided by NAHB Research Center

    A successful method for deterring rainwater intrusion into walls is the rain screen approach. You have probably seen them before-even a rain fly over a tent is a simple example of rain screen. Rain screens shed most of the rain and manage the rest, preventing moisture intrusion and the resulting ...

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  • Composite Window Frames

    White Papers // Oct 2004 // provided by NAHB Research Center

    The paper the new window products available for homeowners who are looking for an energy-efficient, water and air tight window, that will not warp or have it's color fade. These windows have been developed to offer superior performance, ease of fabrication, and ease of installation. By combining newly developed resins, ...

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  • Electrochromic Windows

    White Papers // Oct 2004 // provided by NAHB Research Center

    This document discusses about Electrochromic windows, which can block the glare of the sun or provide instant privacy with the flip of a switch. Electrochromic windows are part of a new generation of technologies called switchable glazing-or "smart" windows-which change the light transmittance, transparency, or shading of windows in response ...

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  • Energy-Efficient Interior Storm Windows

    White Papers // Oct 2004 // provided by NAHB Research Center

    Homeowners are usually interested in lowering their energy expenses. However, they are not willing to pay large costs or sacrifice the appearance of their home to do so. Interior storm windows provide a compromise by effectively increasing the energy performance of a home by updating single-pane windows at significant cost ...

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  • Low-E Glass and Spectrally Selective Glazing

    White Papers // Oct 2004 // provided by NAHB Research Center

    Windows are no longer simple panes of glass, but have evolved into complex engineered systems. Recent innovations such as double-glazed, gas-filled windows provide greater insulating value and improved energy efficiency, a benefit for windows used in any climate. New and widely used low-emissivity (low-e) coatings may be applied to glass ...

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  • Shear Wall Panels

    White Papers // Oct 2004 // provided by NAHB Research Center

    In areas prone to earthquakes and high winds, codes for shear wall design now require builders to use let-in bracing or costly plywood site-built assemblies. Two manufacturers are now helping to streamline construction of shear walls by providing pre-manufactured modular products that are cost effective and easy to design, specify, ...

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  • Energy Efficiency in Remodeling: Windows

    White Papers // Oct 2004 // provided by NAHB Research Center

    This fact sheet is intended to provide you with information about windows -- the factors that affect their energy performance, available options, and potential savings and other benefits associated with better windows. In older homes, windows are often one of the largest sources of heat loss in winter due to ...

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  • Efficient Lighting Strategies: Wise Design Choices Can Meet Lighting Needs and Save Energy

    White Papers // Nov 2003 // provided by NAHB Research Center

    Convenient and effective artificial lighting is one of the important advances of the 20th century. Artificial lighting allows us to work and play inside and outside our homes independent of the time of day, and also often serves aesthetic purposes. Artificial lighting is generally employed for three types of uses: ...

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  • Paint, Stain, Varnish, or Preservative?: It's Your Choice

    White Papers // Feb 2002 // provided by NAHB Research Center

    If you've ever admired an old, unpainted barn that has survived 100 years or more of weather, it's easy to wonder why you should use a finish on your home. However, the cracks, fissures, and air spaces that give weathered barn siding its character wouldn't be acceptable on most houses. ...

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