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Construction Instruction App

I’ve teamed up with my colleagues Justin Wilson and Gord Cooke to close the gap between manufacturers’ innovative products and their implementation in the field.


Building Science Builds Award Winning Business

Each year LBM Journal recognizes three companies of different sizes to acknowledge outstanding performance with their annual entrepreneur of the year awards. This year one of Mark’s clients, Parr Lumber of Oregon, has won that honor.

HVAC: Why Tight is Right

The goal of heating, cooling and ventilating systems is to provide an environment that supports our narrow band of comfort expectations: a conditioned air space with temperatures somewhere between 70 + 71 degrees F and a relative humidity of about 40%.

Weather Barriers, HVAC and Energy Use VIDEO

Building a weather tight home helps to ensure the durability and longevity of the structure. It also creates an opportunity for significant energy savings. But does a tight house compromise indoor air quality by restricting fresh air and natural ventilation? In the following short video, I explain how to avoid this predicament.

What’s Old is New Again

This past May I took a break and traveled for a month through Europe. Though my intent was to NOT think about building science for awhile, I found my eyes were drawn to construction details in every city and village I visited.

Market Slowdown Sharpens the Focus on Quality

What interesting times we are living in right now. The housing market is in upheaval and the building industry is wondering how to respond.

Production Builders Can Still Be Innovative

DR Horton is one of the largest builders in the country. I’ve been working with their Sacramento Division for over 5 years and they are building some of the most innovative housing available.

A Better Way to Vent Siding

Moisture-related problems are appearing more and more frequently in both commercial and residential buildings. It is now being strongly recommended that all exterior claddings be vented off the building to create a better opportunity for drainage and drying to occur.

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