Oklahoma residential development will feature geothermal in every home

Oklahoma-based builder McAlister Construction Inc.'s residential development project will exclusively feature geothermal-based heating and cooling.

Fight indoor air pollutants with ventilation

The best way to find indoor air pollution is to keep contaminants from entering the home in the first place. That's called source control. But next best thing you can do is to have appropriate ventilation to exhaust the polluted...

Would you rather live in an active house?

There's another approach to high performance homes gaining ground called "Active House". This standard incorporates heating and cooling, and the standard makes it easier to incorporate larger windows and skylights into the design, and make up the loss of insulating power with larger heating and cooling capacity.

Avoiding roofing pitfalls

Whether you are a professional roofer or a DIY enthusiast building a garden shed, here are a few simple steps to reduce call backs and ensure a quality roof that will last for years.

How to maintain a green garden free of chemicals

Here are some things that you can do to keep your garden healthy, green and free of chemicals.

Spray sealant creates a complete barrier against the elements

The shell of a building is its protective shield, or armor, if you will. Sometimes, that armor develops chinks that can leave the interior vulnerable to air leaks and moisture.

Hi tech fan solutions

Like any thing else you buy for your kitchen, the more you pay the better performance and features you'll find. Your range hood is no different. We'll look at some of the latest innovations and gadgets in the market today.

Prepping a residential roof for solar PV

The roofing industry continues to see rooftops used as platforms for roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) systems and this is especially true in residential construction

Palm trees don't like cold temperatures

Sometimes it is assumed that there would be not damage to a palm tree unless there is a hard frost, but in actuality palm trees can sustain chilling damage with temperatures in the 50’s. This type of injury occurs when the weather changes rapidly.

New Year's resolutions for your home

Instead of promising yourself to cut back on the caffeine, eat better or exercise more, maybe this is the year to make a New Year’s resolution for your home rather than for yourself.

Steps to maintain your toilet's fill valve

Fluidmaster fill valves are made to deliver years of flawless flushes. Here are some simple steps you can perform to maintain your Fluidmaster toilet fill valve which will keep it in tip top working condition.

Geothermal systems heat pools, too

Homeowners in Orono, Minnesota, were searching for a way to heat the pool at their new lakeside home that wouldn't break the bank. Of course, energy efficiency, reliability and abundant heating and cooling were goals of the project as well.

As temperatures dip, homeowners with geothermal avoid utility spikes

As temperatures dip across the country, most homeowners are seeing their utility bills spike this winter. But not those who have homes outfitted with geothermal heating systems.

Ventilation fans and performance-based building codes

The 2013 version of ASHRAE 62.2 includes performance-based measurements, rather than relying on the tested performance of a fan. Under older versions you could rely on manufacturer's specifications and industry standards for duct runs.

Keep a roof stable with the right staples

I’m seeing more and more staples used to fasten roof sheathing and it is causing problems. Not because staples don’t work but because the wrong size staple is being used or the staple spacing in incorrect.

Don't make a mistake when specifying your geothermal system

Selecting the right heating and cooling equipment for your home can be confusing. Unfortunately, it's all too easy for contractors to specify a geothermal system with more capacity than your home requires.

Ever wonder why your hot water is never hot right away?

The typical hot water heater is constantly heating water at a determined temperature. It takes gas or electricity to accomplish this. The idea is when you want hot water, you got it. But, that’s not entirely true.

Does lumber get damaged during shipping and storage?

Mold is a big problem for builders and homeowners, and it can start before the wood is delivered the job site. Basically, mold – which is a type of fungus with thousands of different species – requires moisture to flourish.

Lindal's trim systems complement a modern aesthetic

Lindal’s proprietary trim systems allow you to personalize your Lindal home throughout its entirety or in individual rooms.

Turning a home inside out may expose the benefits of insulation

American builders have long insulated homes by stuffing the walls with fiberglass or foam. In recent years, building science experts have debated the merits of turning the home inside out by placing a barrier of insulation on the exterior instead....

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