AEC Daily offers first LEED online course on radiant heating by STEP Warmfloor

STEP Warmfloor® has launched a free, online learning course through AEC Daily to provide architects and builders a better understanding of the radiant heat market, as well as...

Though I walk through the valley of roofing

Valleys are a critical area of any roof. A valley is created where two roof planes join at an inside corner. Everything that lands on the roof uphill from the valley will end up...

How do tankless water heaters work?

Most people in North America currently use a storage tank water heater to provide hot water in their homes. A tankless water heater, on the other hand, does not store hot water. It heats the water by...

Is carpet getting a bad rap?

When it comes to poor indoor air quality, carpets are often cited as one of the primary offenders. But new studies suggest that well-cleaned ones can actually...

Fluidmaster wins Business of the Year award

Fluidmaster was named 2014 Business of the Year by the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce at a special awards ceremony.

5 warning signs your solar panels are poorly installed

With a whiplash-inducing growth rate of over 400 percent since 2010, the U.S. solar industry is booming, and there’s no end in sight. This is great news for the environment and the economy, but there is a dark lining to the silver cloud of solar.

Amazing qualities of bamboo and natural bedding

Bamboo is a popular bedding material but not without good reason. There are a number of things about bamboo comforters that make them one of the most popular ones amongst the range of organic bedding available today.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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