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Fine Homebuilding Magazine September 2019

Fine Homebuilding Experts Weigh In on ThermalBuck

Fine Homebuilding (FHB) magazine has been one of the most widely recognized voices in the building industry since it’s first printing in 1981, nearly 40 years ago.

What makes Fine Homebuilding such a valuable resource to builders is the quality of the content. Written by builders who are considered experts in the field of homebuilding, the articles focus heavily on the details of homebuilding that most builders will encounter on the job site.

Much has changed about the way we build over the years, and the content is now both a combination of best real-world practices for building, and new technology and building materials.


Windows in Thick Walls

In his article entitled Windows in Thick Walls”, September 2019, FHB, Maine residential design/build contractor Michael Maines explains the challenges of installing windows in thick, highly-insulated walls. He presents detailed illustrations that review 5 typical situations:

 

 

    • One: Recessed windows with extension jambs as exterior trim
    • Two: Recessed windows with traditional casing
    • Three: Recessed windows with shingled returns
    • Four: Windows curbed to the exterior
  • Five: Curbed windows installed with ThermalBuck

 

Maines utilizes his experience building many different types of wall assemblies in the article. His solutions address not only moderately high-performance envelopes in climates 3 and up, they can also be modified to suite warmer climate zones, and the highest performance levels of Passive House building.

 

“Thick, highly insulated walls . . . present some challenges for builders when it comes to installing windows and doors . . . (ThermalBuck) is a great, problem-solving product line.”

 —- Michael Maines, Michael Maines Residential Design + Build, Contributing Editor, Fine Homebuilding

 

Read more at finehomebuilding.com.

 


 

Bucks for Outsulation

Also in the September 2019 issue of FHB was a feature by Senior Editor Patrick McCombe, in the SPEC section, which covers new building materials on the market.

 

“The best solution I’ve seen is ThermalBuck.”

 —- Patrick McCombes, Senior Editor, Fine Homebuilding

 

When it comes to challenge of properly installing and flashing windows and doors in walls with exterior insulation, most experts don’t recommend installation directly over foam. Not only does it compress the foam and leave air gaps, but it also introduces some potential issues for the window. The most commonly known way to address this is to build a wood buck to extend the mounting point for the window. However, adding wood works against the goal of creating a continuous insulation layer on the building envelope.

See why Fine Homebuilding Senior Editor Patrick McCombes says “The best solution I’ve seen is (the) ThermalBuck,” and learn more about its features and benefits at  finehomebuilding.com.


 

For detailed coverage of real-world ThermalBuck installations, visit Installation Stories at thermalbuck.com. For more ThermalBuck coverage in the media, review Media Coverage at thermalbuck.com

 

 

Fine Homebuilding Summit

Fine Homebuilding Summit the “TED Talk” of the Construction Industry

Fine Homebuilding has a a long history as one of the most respected resources for residential builders. The reason why? The content. It’s sourced directly from the job sites and offices of the most talented builders and designers in the US, so it’s real – and readers know the difference.

The 2019 Fine Homebuilding Summit offers an opportunity to take that learning to a whole new level, by bringing together an impressive lineup of top architects, builders, and building science experts in the US to meet and train building professionals in person. Described as the “TED Talk of the Construction Industry”, the two day event in Southbridge, Mass., is a great opportunity for builders to focus on advancing their knowledge – and their business.

 

“With the Summit, we are inviting all the key players to the table … to share hours of insight with each other, to network, and to advance craftsmanship industry-wide, which is critical for long-term success …”

 – —Justin Fink, Editorial Director, Fine Homebuilding

 


 

Event Details & Sessions

This year’s summit will be held October 2nd – 4th, in Southbridge, Massachusetts, and features over 50 hours of collaborative learning, along with plenty of opportunities for networking – and the latest in building material technology. Presentations include:

Design with a Builder in Mind

The Future is Prefab

Building Science Puzzles

Why Buildings Fail

Fine Homebuilding Summit Presenters
Photo from finehomebuilding.com

 

Presenters include Steven Baczek – architect;  Michael Maines – Designer/Builder; Martin Holladay – Editor, Green Building Advisor; Christine Williamson, Building Science Expert;  Mike Guertin, Builder/Remodeler; and many more industry leaders.

To view the complete list of sessions and speaker lineup, visit finehomebuilding.com.

 


Event Sponsors

We’re proud to join a distinguished list of event sponsors working to advance the standards of the building industry. BRINC BP will exhibit ThermalBuck, and joins 475 Performance Supply, Benjamin Obdyke, FastenMaster, Minotaur, Rockwool, Schluter Systems, and more.

Register for Fine Homebuilding Summit

 

Join Us October 2nd-4th to invest in your own building knowledge, grow your building network, and see why ThermalBuck is a game-changer in energy-efficient homebuilding. It’s not easy to find time to leave the job site and focus on training, but it’s always time well-spent. Invest some time in advancing your craftsmanship, and become a part of the future of building. REGISTER NOW at the link above. We’ll see  you in Southbridge – 

 

Two Premier Building Publications Take Notice of ThermalBuck

It’s a great day when the largest residential construction magazine finds your product, and writes about it.

ThermalBuck had that good fortune on April 1st when Scott Gibson, former editor at Fine Homebuilding, wrote “An Alternative to Wood Bucks, which was also featured as “Green Building News” at greenbuildingadvisor.com on April 4th.

Scott covered the basics of using bucks, and compared the benefits and features of ThermalBuck with the drawbacks of using wood, which had really been the only material choice until now.  He also reviewed the product components, dimensions, and purchasing information.  The piece finished with a mention of ThermalBuck receiving recognition at Greenbuild 2015 as one of the “Top Ten Greenest of the Green.”

Fine Homebuilding has been a sought-after resource for over 30 years for individuals focused on residential homebuilding, remodeling, and design.  It’s content includes in-depth best practices, along with industry trends, tool and material reviews, and interviews with key figures in the  building industry. Nearly 20,000 paid subscribers look to finehomebuilding.com for information, and circulation for the print edition tops 160,000.

Green Building Advisor is for the reader more focused on building science expertise. Designing, building and remodeling high-performance, energy-efficient homes is a niche that continues to explode, and this digital-only publication provides easy access to the latest advancements. With a highly active social media platform, and a number of blogs with dedicated followers such as “Musings of an Energy Nerd” , Green Building Advisor is an excellent resource, packed-full of accurate, reliable information.

Both sites offer unique conversational interaction with subscribers, allowing comments and Q&A’s at the end of each piece.  What a great way for ThermalBuck to answer readers questions and concerns on the spot, and it also provided us with some excellent feedback to consider as our product develops and evolves.


Fine Homebuilding and Green Building Advisor are both publications of Taunton Press. Their editors are former builders, remodelers, and designers, offering real experience and in-depth knowledge on a full complement of information. For subscription information for Fine Homebuilding, click here.  For a free trial membership to GBA, click here.