If you are in an area with snow and ice, you will definitely want STEP Mat®

This falls in to the why-hasn’t-this-been-around-forever category.

One step you can take to have a quieter more comfortable home

Your home should be a refuge from the hustle of daily life – but a home without enough insulation may mean your home is noisier than it has to be.

Thinking about solar water heating?

Depending on where you live, you can heat water with the power of the sun. On average heating water accounts for about 20 percent of a home's energy costs. So solar power could help you save money each month.

Disadvantages of keeping an old water heater

Most people in the U.S. don’t pay attention to their old-fashioned water heaters even though they can have expensive costs. For the most part it is easier to just ignore the water heater and not worry until it breaks down and needs constant repairs.

Gutter problems

Problems with the gutters on a home can create major headaches for any homeowner. Taking proper care of the gutters from installation to seasonal cleanings is important in maintaining the integrity of your home against water damage.

Flat roof on a weeHouse

While it may appear flat, the hipped roof of the weeHouse contains a 1/4” per foot slope. Many weeHouses have been built in areas susceptible to high snow loads, however, in areas where the snow load is of crucial concern a pitched roof may be advised.

The trend toward healthy includes your home

Creating healthier living spaces is paramount for informed consumers.

Design and construction strategies for high performance homes

If you're looking for the best place to start to make a home high performance, it's before the first stake is planted at the site. Here are some tips to use to develop a holistic approach that takes into account the site, the sun, climate, and the lifestyle of the homeowners as well as the layout of the home.

Do programmable thermostats really save money?

Programmable thermostats do have the potential to save the homeowner money, but they can also cost more. The secret to success is the way in which you use them.

High performance home insights

I was recently interviewed by MoonworksHome as part of their Expert Interview program.

How to remodel your home for better energy efficiency

How would you like to remodel your home and save up to 25 percent on your heating and cooling costs with one step? It's not a trick question – it's entirely possible with continuous insulation.

Lighting, lighting on the wall – which is prettiest of them all?

Trying to find the right light bulb is a mind-bender on the order of finishing a Rubik’s cube.

Get in the zone with mini splits

A traditional HVAC system, like those found in many homes, often isn't the most efficient and comfortable way to heat your home.

Sammy the Star™ ENERGY STAR educational program introduces environmental stewardship to elementary students

Third graders at Centreville Elementary School, Fairfax, VA were introduced to “Sammy the Star™” in an informative presentation on renewable and non-renewable energy sources, and the importance of the ENERGY STAR logo.

Enjoy opening your vacation home with better air

Many homeowners looking forward to enjoying their vacation home also dread arriving. At first, the air will seem heavy and there might be an unpleasant odor.

3 things architects need to know about foundation waterproofing

When architects don't specify products, builders will use their favorite products and sub contractors to get the job done. For some aspects of the building, that's just fine. For other critical aspects it could lead to failures and client dissatisfaction.

Benefits of insulated house wraps vs. other insulation methods

Most builders are very familiar with the concept of a house wrap. It's a water-resistive barrier that goes on top of the sheathing in a wood-frame home. Then the exterior cladding goes on top of the house wrap.

Is it time to go tankless?

Traditional gas-powered tank water heaters continue to be one of the most popular options for home water heating. But today, there are other options available such as tankless water heaters.

How ductwork in attics costs you more

Are you building in a warm climate? If your residential build occurs in building science climate zones one, two or even three, you may want to reconsider placing the ductwork for your air conditioning units in the attic, even if the attic is ventilated.

Win the battle for a dry basement

Unfortunately, below-grade waterproofing is all too often a case of out of sight, out of mind. It's not something homeowners, or even building professionals spend much time thinking about. But a wet basement can lead to a whole host of problems.

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