You can replace your bathroom fan

Like all mechanical things, bathrooms fans wear out eventually. When the motor bearings start wear, an aging bath fan can sound like you're being invaded by screeching ghosts. And nobody wants to hear that.

InVision Zero Home proves energy efficiency is affordable

The InVision Zero Home project is about “envisioning” net-zero homes "in” neighborhoods across around the country.

Using Point-of-Use Heaters in House Expansions

When adding to your property, you may run into issues like building restrictions or design flaws. A well designed water system can help save money during construction and use energy efficiently.

Use a layered approach to waterproofing block foundations

For many years, it was thought a simple layer of spray-on or roll-on membrane was enough to make a masonry block foundation waterproof. We've learned over the years that that's simply not the case.

Roll on unexpected property value

Residential property value can be a fairly dry subject, but a little wet paint can put more green in your pockets.

Win the war against water in your walls

Experienced builders will remember the days when we didn't worry so much about mold and rot caused by water. That's because the homes had so much air leakage that the water could dry up before it caused damage.

Range hoods with style

Sure, a range hood is an important part of your home's ventilation system. It keeps kitchen odors, moisture and smoke under control to let you enjoy cooking without regrets. But a range hood may also be the centerpiece of your kitchen.

Revitalize Home serves as benchmark for retrofitting and energy efficiency

Dow Building Solutions and Cobblestone Homes constructed the Revitalize Home as a means for builders, contractors, remodelers and homeowners alike to better understand the opportunities for retrofitting homes for energy efficiency.

Home of the future, today

Confession of a girl geek at heart - I grew up watching the Jetsons and loved it. Guess what? That “home of the future,” the home of the Jetsons, is here now.

Preventing Mold: A home inspector's perspective

Once you get mold in your home, it can cause cosmetic damage, stains to furniture and drywall and reduce the quality of indoor air. Worse still, it can cause rot in wood and this may compromise the structure of the home. As with all things, prevention is the best cure, so here are some ways to stop moisture from collecting in the first place.

How to spot ventilation problems in your home

Do you have fog or condensation in your bathroom windows and mirrors, even when the fan is running? It may be sign that the air in the room is cold, or you don't have enough airflow in the bathroom.

Moisture management and mold resistance

Mold in a home can make its inhabitants uncomfortable and increases the risk of respiratory illness. Aside from its health effects, mold can severely damage structures if allowed to multiply unabated. The key to controlling mold starts with prevention

How to manage moisture for a long-lasting home

Controlling moisture can make your home more energy-efficient, less costly to heat and cool, more comfortable, and prevent mold growth, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Plug gaps and holes to stop energy, money loss

Unsealed cracks and crevices in a home can be detrimental to its efficiency and durability, adding to unnecessary energy expenses. That’s why plugging gaps and holes throughout the home is so important.

Window Installation: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Replacing your windows is an investment so it’s important to know all you can about it.

People love basements until they have to live with one

I've heard many people say, if you have a basement it's not a matter of if it will flood, but only when.

Investing in indoor air quality as a marketing tool

In today’s eco-conscious world, every “healthy” or “low-impact” credential is a marketing tool for homeowners and property managers.

Solar sweet spot – the benefits of solar power on real estate

Almost daily, people ask me about solar and how it interacts with residential and commercial real estate.

Every wall will get wet, here's what you can do about it

Controlling rainwater is the single most important factor in the design and construction of durable wall assemblies. Unfortunately, all exterior claddings will allow some level of water to pass through. That means, at some point, siding, brick, stucco, and stone installation will get water behind them.

Building codes should push the (building) envelope

While building codes represent the lowest-level of requirements, builders and buyers alike should push for homes that go beyond the standard, experts say.

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