Construction Best Practices Illustrated Online by High Performance Builder Hammer & Hand

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Recently published manual includes 180 step-by-step illustrations of building techniques drawn from the firm’s high performance projects in the Pacific Northwest.

Detail from Hammer & Hand's Best Practices Manual

Detail from Hammer & Hand's Best Practices Manual

"We’re launching this website in the spirit of collaboration,” said Hammer & Hand co-founder and president Sam Hagerman.

Hammer & Hand has announced the online publication of its new Best Practices Manual at http://hammerandhand.com/best-practices/manual/. The manual is a guidebook of field-tested construction details, many shaped by Hammer & Hand’s high performance building and Passive House construction experience. It is a resource referenced daily by the firm’s carpenters and is a key tool for sharing the cutting-edge of Hammer & Hand’s construction praxis throughout the company.

“We’re launching this website in the spirit of collaboration,” said Hammer & Hand co-founder and president Sam Hagerman. “The details contained within have been developed through extensive in-the-dirt experience and informed by our building science training and research. They’re details that we have found combine durability, performance, and constructability in our Pacific Northwest climate.”

This first edition’s nine chapters cover Hammer & Hand’s liquid applied window flashing technique, rain screen detailing, wall penetration guidelines, and more. Hagerman expects the manual to grow and evolve as Hammer & Hand continues to improve its practice in the field, and as it continues to learn from the design and construction professionals with whom it collaborates.

“If you see a detail that can be improved or know of a better approach to a given construction problem, please let us know,” said Hagerman. “It will inform the next edition!”

The Best Practices Manual website is free to the public and shared under a Creative Commons license. To view the manual and learn more, visit http://hammerandhand.com/best-practices/manual/

About Hammer & Hand

Hammer & Hand is dedicated to inciting evolution in building through service, craft, and science in everything from home remodeling to deep energy retrofits to modernist Passive House structures.

Hammer & Hand – Portland: 1020 Southeast Harrison Street, Portland, OR 97214-4709 | (503) 232-2447
Hammer & Hand – Seattle: 1501 E Madison St #250, Seattle, WA 98122 | (206) 397-0558

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