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Guides for designing and building various types of construction

Advanced Wall Framing: Build efficiently, use less material, and save energy!
Builders' Steel Stud Guide
Building a Better House with Concrete - A Concrete Homes Technology Brief
CCA-Treated Wood for Residential Use
Comfort and Quiet with Concrete Homes - Concrete Homes Technology Brief
Concrete Homes Save Energy - A Concrete Homes Technology Brief
Designing Walls with Insulating Concrete Forms
Durability by Design: A Guide for Residential Builders and Designers
Fasteners for Residential Steel Framing
Flitch Plate and Steel I-Beams
How to Choose Weather-Resistive Barriers
Hybrid Wood and Steel Details–Builder's Guide
Improving Drainage and Drying Features in Certain Conditions: Rain Screen Designs for Absorptive Claddings
Installing Vinyl Siding Over Existing Wood Cladding
Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) - ToolBase TechSpecs
L-Shaped Header Field Guide
Model Guidelines for Design, Fabrication, and Installation of Engineered Panelized Walls
Moisture Protection of Exterior Walls - An Installer's Guide
Moisture Protection of Wood Sheathing
Paint, Stain, Varnish or Preservative? It’s Your Choice.
Plastic Foams for Concrete Homes - A Concrete Homes Technology Brief
Prescriptive Method for Connecting Cold-Formed Steel Framing to Insulating Concrete Form Walls in Residential Construction
Residential Steel Beam and Column Load/Span Tables
Selection and Application of Exterior Stains for Wood
Shear Wall Design Guide
Staining Western Redcedar and Redwood Siding
Stripping Paint from Exterior Wood Surfaces
Tech Set 2: Durable Building Envelope
The Quality of Concrete Costs a Little More - A Concrete Homes Technology Brief
The Rehab Guide, Volume 2: Exterior Walls
Thermal Design Guide for Exterior Walls
Universal Designator System for Light Gauge Steel Framing Members, NB5-98
Water Intrusion and Remediation for Wood Frame Homes with Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)
Weather-Resistive Barriers - How to Select and Install Housewrap and Other Types of Weather-Resistive Barriers