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You Wood Never Believe This

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 02/20/2013 5:00PM

Accoya is nearly too good to be true but our research shows it is a revolutionary wood.

Woodworkers: Regain Your Independence From LEED

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 02/13/2013 5:00PM

Don't follow the LEED: the design community should regain its independence and not be beholden to a process that is tantamount to a 12-step program for responsible construction.

Woodworkers: Don't Follow the LEED

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 02/07/2013 9:48AM

LEED, originally drafted as a format to realign priorities towards energy efficiency and environmental stewardship has morphed into a strict guideline, limiting creativity and compromising common sense in construction.

Architectural Felonies

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 11/08/2012 12:48PM

One would think that the restoration of a building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places would respect the integrity of the design and the existing materials. Instead, the request for proposals was asking for the original wood double hung windows that span 14 feet tall to be replaced.

Let's Not Get Too Testy Over Historic Window Performance

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 10/11/2012 8:00PM

There are situations where testing of historic windows makes sense. We have found testing to be very valuable when you have a situation where the entire window system must be replicated.

Scantily Clad Wood Windows: Something's Rotten

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 07/25/2012 6:00PM

There is a serious problem with using aluminum clad wood window replacements in historic applications. Once water breaches window seals, it will be containedin a built-in sarcophagus, accelerating wood rot.

FSC Wood Certification: Can't See the Forest for the Trees

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 07/18/2012 10:57AM

My take is that FSC has failed to add value to our window projects and has only succeeded in adding cost to the procurement of wood products.

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