Lakesideca News

Canadian Firm Develops a New Rainscreen Product

Posted on December 21, 2016 by Scott Gibson

Builders who like to include a vented rainscreenConstruction detail appropriate for all but the driest climates to prevent moisture entry and to extend the life of siding and sheathing materials; most commonly produced by installing thin strapping to hold the siding away from the sheathing by a quarter-inch to three-quarters of an inch. in exterior walls can nail up wood or plastic furring strips before installing the siding, or use a plastic mesh such as Benjamin Obdyke's Cedar Breather under wood shingles on walls or the roof.

Now they have another choice, a plastic grid called that can be used to create a gap under siding, roofing and flooring. First introduced in eastern Canada four years ago, it's become available in the U.S. within the last couple of months.

California Approves Efficiency Standards for Computers

Posted on December 20, 2016 by Scott Gibson

The California Energy Commission has approved the country's first energy-efficiency standards for computers and computer monitors, a move that will affect millions of devices and reduce utility bills collectively by $373 million a year.

Tiny Houses Join the Building Code

Posted on December 15, 2016 by Scott Gibson

The tiny house movement got an early Christmas present this year: a place in the country’s dominant model building code.

Members of the International Code Council, the group that publishes the International Residential Code, have approved a proposed standard written specifically for houses smaller than 400 square feet. It’s the first time these very small dwellings have been covered by the model building code, and a major boost for the loosely knit coalition of builders and homeowners advocating a lifestyle based on downsizing and simplifying.

An Architect Promotes High-Performance Siding

Posted on December 14, 2016 by Scott Gibson

Eric Nelson, an architect with ties to both the U.S. and Switzerland, is looking for someone in North America willing to take a leap of faith with his novel insulation and claddingMaterials used on the roof and walls to enclose a house, providing protection against weather. system. So far, there are no takers.

A New Timber Tower Opens in Minneapolis

Posted on December 9, 2016 by Scott Gibson

A seven-story office building constructed largely of heavy timber components has opened in Minneapolis. It’s the first major timber building in the U.S. in more than a century, according to the architect who designed it, and currently the largest in North American.

Millennial Renters Will Pay for Smart-Home Tech

Posted on December 6, 2016 by Scott Gibson

Millennials are more willing than baby boomers to pay higher rents for housing equipped with automated and remote-control devices, a recent study says.

According to a survey of 1,000 multifamily renters in the U.S. by Wakefield Research and Schlage, 86% of millennials said they'd pay higher rents for features like keyless entry doors, while only 65% of baby boomers agreed, reported.

Details on Tesla’s Solar Shingles Are Slow to Emerge

Posted on December 2, 2016 by Scott Gibson

It’s been about a month since Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk first announced the development of a solar roof tile unlike anything currently on the market, but it’s still anyone’s guess as to when they will actually be available, exactly how much they will cost, and how much electricity they will be able to produce.

World’s Tallest Modular Tower Opens

Posted on December 1, 2016 by Scott Gibson

The tallest modular building in the world, a 32-story residential tower, has opened its doors in New York City.

There are 363 apartments at 461 Dean, part of a 22-acre development called Pacific Park Brooklyn that ultimately will include 6 million square feet of residential space and 6,430 units of housing. It was constructed at the intersection of Dean Street and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn next to one of the city’s major transportation hubs.

Solar Ownership Is Gaining Ground

Posted on November 24, 2016 by Scott Gibson

Direct ownership of residential photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. (PVPhotovoltaics. Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic (PV) cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow.) systems in the U.S. is poised to overtake third-party ownership in 2017 for the first time since 2011, says.

A New App Creates 3-D Scans

Posted on November 22, 2016 by Scott Gibson

A spatial sensing device mounted on an iPad, coupled with new software, lets a user produce 3-D scans of a house interior quickly and accurately.

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