Benefits of drinking citrus water

Drinking citrus water such as with lemon has many positive health benefits. It doesn’t require a lot of time, energy or expense, and the results are astounding!

Controlling against moisture damage for wall sheathing

Moisture can cause many structural problems and create a very unhealthy home for your family when mold and mildew begin to form. Building a home that deals effectively with moisture requires...

Beware of backdrafting

Typically, supply and exhaust ventilation systems can pressurize or de-pressurize the home. A house under enough negative pressure can pull air down the chimney...

Couple uses geothermal to stay within budget and build dream home

David and Laura Grisar had big visions and a big budget for their dream home, but the anticipated hefty price tag for heating and cooling the 6,500-square-foot structure derailed their dream. Their architect and general contractor had a solution...

Lindal Cedar Home’s use of premium materials

There are many reasons why Lindal Cedar Homes has been the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of custom cedar homes, but one main reason is...

S.O.S. - Save Our Septic® Volume 14: Fear the FOG (Part 2)

He continued, “Then just add one FOGHog® tablet per five hundred gallons of water that you use per week. You can also put the tablet directly into...

One solution for six green-building standards and ratings

If you want the home you’re building to meet one of the six major rating systems or standards for green building, there is one product that will help you make the grade.

ICFs are ideal for FEMA storm shelters and safe rooms

Not everyone can build their entire house of insulated concrete forms (ICFs), so instead adding a storm shelter to the existing house or structure can be the difference between...

Environmental considerations for each building site

Long before “organic” was vogue, famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright said, “Let nature be part of your home and work with local materials to form...

2014 Hurricane Season forecast sheds light on possible activity

Expert predictions are suggesting a below average hurricane season for the Atlantic Coast this year and a recent forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting...

Tankless water heating technologies in Habitat for Humanity homes

There are many advantages of having a tankless water heater in a home. Besides the money savings, endless hot water and smaller impact on the environment, a tankless water heater is...

New roofing technologies

Man has always sought better methods of protecting himself from the elements of the weather. Shelter is a basic necessity. Early shelter included caves and...

What is causing the chain in my toilet tank to catch?

One of the most common problems with a toilet is the chain catching under the toilet flapper. As a result, the water continually leaks out of the tank, and therefore the tank continually attempts to fill...

Remote Montana ranch installs geothermal system, minimizes disturbance to landscape

When Energy 1, a build and design firm, looked to bring energy efficiency to a remote Montana ranch, the company had to do so in such a way as not to disturb the pristine landscape and environmental richness of the area.

What is a sone?

When you start researching ventilation fans, you'll find the noise level is rated in sones. Most of us are more familiar with decibels. Decibels and sones use a different scale, but both start at zero.

Is bottled water the right choice?

The multi-billion-dollar bottled water industry thrives on two consumer mindsets: convenience and the belief that bottled water is more pure than...

S.O.S. - Save Our Septic® Volume 14: Fear the FOG (Part 1)

Savannah Mitchell felt her heels sink into the moist, mushy ground and was glad she’d changed into her serviceable, waterproof wellies. Overflow from the zoo’s pumping station...

Is your indoor air going to the cats?

Thinking of allergens, there are a few stars that get most of the attention. There’s pollen, of course, as well as mold and dust. Right up there with them is the felis catus, a.k.a. the domesticated housecat.

Welcome to ozone season

Just as we’ve wrapped up spring allergy season comes the annual summer onset of ozone warnings. Weather announcers in many cities provide daily updates this time of year, categorizing the levels anywhere from safe to...

Century old home in North Carolina retrofitted with geothermal

ClimateMaster units have played a key role in transforming a century old home in Raleigh, N.C., into an example of inefficiency turnaround.

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