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Sheathing System Cuts Home Building Time and Boosts Building Envelope Sealing

On a residential or commercial building site, time equals money, so building professionals are interested in shortening the process while maintaining quality.

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Green Gab Podcast | Zip the Coat for Your Home - Energy Efficiency Basics

A basic understanding of the energy efficient practices and features in a home and the anatomy of a typical green home provides a starting place for understanding the terminology used when building an energy efficient home.

New Online Course Teaches How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

To educate anyone involved in the building design or construction industry about the importance of indoor air quality and ways to improve it using balanced ventilation systems, Zehnder America is offering an online continuing education course through AEC Daily.


SIPs "Go Gray": Graphite Polystyrene Insulating Cores

Building professionals typically use SIPs for more energy efficient construction, whether required by stringent energy codes or homeowners’ desire to reduce energy costs.

Homeowners Beware When Choosing a Heating and Cooling Contractor

Homeowners should be very careful before choosing a heating and cooling contractor for their home. There are huge differences in quality and professionalism throughout the industry. The "best" contractors will typically be members of one or more professional contractor associations.

Winter Home Maintenance: Get Set for Snow

For many homeowners, winter warming costs are the biggest utility expense. When a home is functioning optimally, you can drastically reduce your winter heating costs and mitigate the damaging effects of ice and snow.

Iconic Modern Fireplaces Now Available in North American Market

Focus Fires’ quintessential fireplace, the Gyrofocus, was born in the late 1960s but feels as contemporary and cutting edge as ever.

New Home Inspired by 19th Century Farmhouse

A plan to recreate the dilapidated farmhouse as part of a cluster development was preferable to replacing it with a contemporary home.

Is an ICF Home the Right Choice for My Climate Zone?

We get homeowners and builders asking whether insulated concrete forms are a good choice for their home. The short answer is almost always, "Yes!" People typically think of ICFs for colder climates, where the value of insulation is understood. But the same principles of insulation and air sealing hold true in warmer climates, too.

Prefab Wood Elements Speed Up Construction Times And Cuts Risks

Using wood elements allows faster building turnaround, leading to more profitable construction projects and shorter investment payback times.

NYC Targets Energy Efficiency for Apartment Buildings

The new program offers a no-cost, 30-hour training program for small, multifamily building maintenance staff.

Bayti Townhomes Are First UAE Residential Project to Earn LEED for Homes Status

Bayti, which translates from Arabic as ‘my home,’ is inspired by Mediterranean architecture.

Manufacturer Ramps Up Production for Heat Mirror Windows

Heat Mirror technology suspends one or more lightweight films inside the airspace of an insulating glass unit to create multiple “super-insulating” chambers.

Green Gab Podcast | Affordable Does Not Mean Cheap

Habitat for Humanity helps many people have a home of their own.  Gabbing with Michelle Woods with Habitat for Humanity- St. Charles.

Prefabricated Passive House Hits the Production Line

Elizabeth’s Passive House will be assembled on an 8.7 acre lot adjacent to the 23 acre lot where her parent’s Post and Beam Passive Solar Home sits.

Avoid Fall Cleaning with Add-on Blinds

You can take doors and windows off the Fall to-do list with this product.

'Shadow' Named 2017 Color of the Year

It is a color that calls to mind a 'past', yet it can also make a contemporary, color-confident statement.

STEP Warmfloor’s AC/DC Radiant Heating System Included in Proud Green Home of Louisville

The Italian-inspired, energy-efficient Proud Green Home of Louisville includes several energy efficient attributes included in its captivating Italian-inspired architecture by Clive Pohl of Lexington, Kentucky-based Pohl Rosa Pohl.

IAQ and Back-To-School Success

You may be surprised to learn that many U.S. homes are not as healthy for learning and growing as you might have thought. In fact, the EPA has ranked indoor air quality among the top five environmental dangers.

Is Your Home in Trouble?

Paying attention to warning signs in your home can help you to prevent potential disasters.

LEED Platinum Prefab Model Rated for Hurricane Zones (video)

Construction crews can install the modular home in one day because it is 90 percent built in a Central Florida manufacturing plant.

First All CLT Building Rises in New York (video)

CLTs have proved to perform as well, and at times better than, carbon heavy steel and concrete.

4 Tips to Prevent a Thanksgiving Energy Bill Spike

The holiday contributes to an annual increase in energy use due to a usual drop in temperatures, lights staying on longer, and appliances operating more frequently.

Bringing the Crisp Fall Air Indoors

Houses need a breath of fresh air from time to time, even on a crisp fall day.

Manufactured Home Builder Highlights Energy Efficiency Features

Affordable, manufactured housing can be as energy efficient as a super green custom built home for a lot less money.

Managing Building Envelope Moisture with ICFs

One of the benefits of an insulated concrete form wall is that the concrete and foam are not affected by water. However, the foam insulation can create conditions that lead to formation of moisture that could lead to mold, mildew or rot in other components such as wood framing and drywall.

Most HVAC Installations Leak; Energy Star Has a Fix

The new program, called ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation (ESVI), was designed to place new emphasis on the importance of duct sealing and other best practices .

Prefab Homes and Small Homes Trends Combine in New Book

The latest book from author Sheri Koones explores the beauty, variety, design, and positive benefits of small-scale, prefab construction.

Green Gab Podcast | Where a Home Lives

Good old common sense is really the foundation for the basic principles of green home. It does seem that sometimes common sense is not so common. One of the basic premises of green design is lot and site or rather...

Log Home manufacturer Gears Up To Meet Demand For Second Homes, Big and Small (video)

What the guest houses sacrifice in space is made up for in quality of materials.

Ply Gem, Darius Rucker Team Up for Habitat For Humanity

The Ply Gem Home for Good project is a multi-year initiative that includes a donation of over $1 million of exterior building products and funds for Habitat for Humanity.

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What Every Homeowner Should Know About Entry Door Replacement

A homeowner’s entry door is the portal to the family’s daily life, used throughout every day by family and friends. It’s no wonder that when it comes to replacing an entry door several important aspects need to be considered and researched before the purchase.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: ProVia




The Future of Water Conservation

Conserving water means using what is necessary and no more .Waiting for tap water to become hot is not only a waste of water but an inconvenience as well. However, there are products available that provide homeowners with hot water on demand. This white paper looks at some of the ways homeowners can conserve water and save money.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ACT D'MAND Systems




Coastal Builder Uses Next Generation Roof Decks to Help Fortify Homes Against Storms

When General Contractor John Price moved to Gulfport, Mississippi, he noticed significant rainfall as a crucial jobsite variable year-round. To provide added protection beyond that of traditional oriented strand board (OSB) and felt roof deck assemblies, he uses ZIP System® roof sheathing and tape to build a more resilient sealed roof deck.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Huber Engineered Woods




DC Current Applications Emerging in an AC Environment as Renewable Energies Grow

Most of us don’t realize that the majority of our energy-efficient equipment we use daily in our homes and businesses runs on direct current. But, the power coming in to our buildings is alternating current. This conversion results in lost energy. A solution to prevent this amount of lost energy is achieved by integrating dedicated DC systems.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


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