Can you spell HEPA?

When researching ventilation and indoor air quality, you'll come across the HEPA filter. HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particle Air, which removes at least...

Old building habits die hard

A builder called today upset that he had been supplied OSB that was the wrong size. They measured 47 7/8” x 95 7/8” and should be 48”x96”. This “manufacturing defect” was going to cost him a lot of money to correct...

Designing and building sustainable homes for 69 years

Lindal Cedar Homes has built over 50,000 homes worldwide, including Europe, Japan, The Caribbean, and North America. As the company grew two things were never compromised...

STEP Warmfloor® installations go way beyond comfort

For most of us comfort is among the top reasons in determining a heating source for a home or business. There are other reason, of course, such as...

School indoor air quality pollution

Now that most U.S. elementary and secondary students are back in the books, it’s a good time for parents to ask not only what their children are reading and writing, but also what they’re breathing.

Keep your home pest free in the spring season

Pest control professionals believe that the spring season is the right time to start the pest cleaning process.

Brick: An old way to a better tomorrow

Since early mankind moved out of caves and into communities, brick was a desired construction material. With readily available materials, a simple manufacturing process and durable and sustainable results, brick prominence was easy to understand.

Spot ventilation standards

How much ventilation does your home need? There's no need to guess. Building professionals know the guiding standard for residential ventilation design is...

Geothermal helps Montana ranch go off the grid

ClimateMaster uses innovation to help consumers take their homes “off the grid,” a move that provides self-sufficiency that drives down energy costs.

Long term benefits of using green materials for deck building

Building an entirely green deck can be a challenge. We want our decks to last long, without frequent maintenance requirements.

Duct leakage costs you twice

Duct leaks are insidious and are one of the three biggest energy wasters in most homes.

How much water is used in a hotel shower? (Full disclosure: I had to waste water to answer this question)

I love taking long showers in hotels and using the sample bottles of soap and shampoo that come in them. It is the best way to unwind after exploring a city...

The metal of metal roofing

The long life, energy efficiency, and recycled content of metal roofing make it very attractive to homeowners who want to make a green decision about their home’s next roof. Like so many items today, though, there are numerous decisions to make even after the decision to buy a metal roof...

Earthquakes, man-made seismic events can release air pollutants

Wrecked buildings and damaged infrastructure aren’t the only worries for victims of the August 24 earthquake in the Napa Valley region of California. The quake, the strongest to hit the state in 25 years, also created the potential for a massive release of airborne pollutants.

Lindal's history of innovation

Success is often attributed to innovation. Lindal Cedar Homes founder, Sir Walter Lindal, was often considered beyond his years six decades ago as he methodically and creatively incorporated sustainable green initiatives with...

Take control of your fans

It seems simple to turn a fan on when you need it and off when you don't. But that's not always the case. Fortunately, there are some options if you're installing a new fan or simply want to upgrade what you have.

A pioneer for geothermal systems and heat pumps

Beginning in the 1970s, Daniel Ellis pioneered innovation for those using geothermal systems and heat pumps.

What's the most affordable type of skylight?

Skylights come in three types: fixed, ventilating and tubular. Of these three, tubular skylights are the most affordable. Here’s why...

Why consider STEP Warmfloor®?

STEP Warmfloor is based here, in the United States, where consumers can contact us with any questions before and after installation. Our engineers and designers are in-house, having extensive experience with radiant heating.

Creating a green outdoor space for your pets and other animals

Conscientious farmers and animal lovers are already on the right path to creating a green outdoor area for their pets and other animals. It begins with appreciation and respect. Animals provide us with so much...

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