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Window Film Gets the Recognition It Deserves for Saving Energy

This window film meets California's energy standards

California now recognizes window film as an energy-efficient building material. Image: Solutia’s Performance Films division

You may not need to do that window retrofit. A new California building code underscores the benefits of using ever-so-humble window film. Read More

How’s My Garden in a Bag Doing?

Several types of vegetables grown from topsoil bags

Some veggies love growing in bags of topsoil, but the bag doesn't do much for a garden's beauty. Image: All images in this post by Lisa Kaplan Gordon for HouseLogic

I promised to give an update on my experiment with growing veggies in bags of soil. So here are some photos and tips I’ve learned. Read More

Refinancing Underwater Mortgages a Baby Step at a Time

Fannie- and Freddie-required fees hinder many home owners’ efforts to refinance. A new bill aims to give up-to-date but upside-down borrowers a fair shake. Read More

What Makes a House a Home? National Building Museum Attempts to Answer

Images from the National Building Museum's House and Home

Images (clockwise, from top left): Maynard L. Parker/The Huntington Library/San Marino; Jack E. Boucher/Library of Congress/Historic American Buildings Survey; FlatPak House/Film Still: Ariel Efron; Local Projects; William Henry Jackson/The National Anthropological Archives/Smithsonian Institution.

What makes a house a home? The National Building Museum examines that question in its exhibition “House & Home.” Turns out, home truly is where the heart is. Read More

How Much Did Our Drafty House Rehab Save Us?

See how Bruno Bornsztein ratcheted up his home's energy efficiency.

The energy audit results are in! Curbly’s Bruno Bornsztein scores a positive report after sealing up his 100-year-old house. Read More

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