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Information about residential landscaping, xeriscaping, decks, concrete patios, and fences.

Innovative Products & Processes - Technology Inventory [Back to Top]

Consider using the products below to take advantage of their potential to provide one or more of the following in the homes you build: Affordability, Energy Efficiency, Quality & Durability, Environmental Performance, and Safety.

Composite Decking
Concrete Floor Finishes
Irrigation Controllers
Modular Block Retaining Wall Systems
Prefabricated Exterior Stairs
Recycled Wood/Plastic Composite Lumber
Wood Preservatives - Low Toxicity

Design & Construction Guides [Back to Top]

Guides for designing and building various types of construction

CCA-Treated Wood for Residential Use
Climate Effect on Durability of Wood
Concrete Floor Finishes - ToolBase TechSpecs
Permeable Pavement - ToolBase TechSpecs
Selection and Application of Exterior Stains for Wood
Xeriscaping - ToolBase TechSpecs
Best Practices [Back to Top]

General recommendations and accepted practices

Wood Exposed Outdoors

Performance Reports & Case Studies [Back to Top]

Evaluation of how products and systems perform in real life applications

TechPractices: Bentley Residence, Steamboat Springs, CO This 3,000 sf custom home is for a client who desires to showcase resource efficiency and recycled materials.
TechPractices: Medallion Homes, San Antonio, TX Medallion Homes, a San Antonio home building company, is committed to constructing energy-efficient and environmentally friendly homes at an affordable price.
TechPractices: Medallion Homes, The Craftsman, San Antonio, TX Medallion Homes builds a low-energy, low-maintenance home through an environmentally-conscious design with a simple charm.

Field Evaluations [Back to Top]

Evaluation of how products and systems perform in real life applications

Brighton Construction - Liberty Village
Chapman Companies
Lancaster County Career & Technology Center (LCCTC)

Questions & Answers [Back to Top]

Frequently asked questions, answered by home building professionals

A new subdivision is going up next to my house. Why do they have to clear all the beautiful trees and meadows?
I have heard that pressure-treated lumber can corrode nails. How can I find adequate connectors for a new deck?
What are rain gardens?
What is Low Impact Development?
What kind of permits or inspections, if any, do I need if I'm interesting in building a free-standing deck on the rear of my property approximately 40 yards from my home? The deck will be approximately 120 sq. ft., single level, and 24 to 36 inches high. The property is in Wake County, NC, but outside any town or city limits.

Web Links [Back to Top]

Recommended Web resources for additional information