Evaluate your hot water distribution system's efficiency

If you have typical home plumbing you probably turn on the hot water and let it run until the water starts getting warm. That daily process multiplied by the number of people in your home times the number of homes in your community puts millions of gallons of unused water down the drain.

Fight mold with protected lumber

Severe weather, floods, leaks and substandard building practices can lead to mold growth in homes. In some cases, lumber stored outside may carry mold when it's used in the home. So a home could have mold inside the walls with no water leaks in the finished building.

Lakeside luxury home heats with geothermal

Builders of a custom home on the shore of a lake near Orono, Minnesota, were looking for an energy-efficient HVAC solution that also included heating for a pool. The homeowners were also concerned about keeping their utility bills in line. After all, winters in Minnesota are famously brutal. Geothermal was a good choice.

Boost your energy this holiday season

Now that it’s the holiday season again, you may be worrying about planning holiday dinners, mailing greeting cards, and buying the perfect presents—all while struggling to keep up with your normal busy routine.

Lindal’s “green package” has impressive specifications

The Lindal Cedar Homes "green package" includes advanced framing, Energy Star™ rated cedar-framed windows with energy-efficient glazing and other resource-efficient upgrades.

Don't leave your home ventilation to the weather

A home without a well-designed ventilation system is at the mercy of the weather. In such a building the air exchange or "breathing rate" through unplanned openings like cracks and windows is governed by the weather and the building's height.

Reviewing OSHA roof safety rules

For OSHA, fall prevention is a major priority because of the over 40 deaths and many more injuries that occur annually. Public safety is also a concern when construction job sites border busy roads.

Making more efficient homebuilding decisions with mobile applications

In the world of home building and design, efficiency is key – both in timing and cost. Advancements in building materials technology have worked to accelerate home construction, while computer programs have simplified blueprinting, planning and allocating job responsibilities.

How to keep your wood stove clean, efficient and safe

Even modern, high-efficiency wood stoves need to be cleaned and maintained before every use.

Build modular homes with defensive building technology

Modular and systems built homes are becoming a bigger part of the residential landscape. They can range from the traditional house trailer to a million dollar pre-fab home site with a breathtaking view.

What type of range hood fits your home?

A range hood can make or break your cooking experience. A well designed and installed cooking set up can manage heat and odors and make the experience a pleasant one for the cook and everyone else in the home.

Xmas trees can make your nose red, too

Fifty years ago, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” piloted his shiny schnoz through America’s televisions and into its hearts. Played every year, the show’s songs and story are as synonymous with Christmas as tinsel, candy canes and tipsy co-workers lurking around the mistletoe.

How can I stop a leak from a toilet tank bolt?

Have you noticed a leak around the bolts that protrude underneath the toilet tank? Here are a few steps you can take to make sure your toilet isn't wasting water.

Building terms explained: Compliant vs. Certified

When choosing your building material, ensure that you get products that are compliant. If products are not certified, this may just be the way the code is structured and is not a case of the manufacturer hiding something.

Use daylight to avoid getting SAD (seasonal affective disorder)

During winter, do you often feel sad, moody or anxious? Do you eat and sleep more? Do you lose interest in your normal activities or gain weight? If so, you may be suffering from...

ACT D'MAND Kontrols recirculating pump systems are backed with solid warranty

The ACT D’MAND Kontrols recirculating water pump that easily installs in new or existing homes to save over 10,000 gallons of water per home annually has over eight green and government certifications for its efficiency and savings.

Old and drafty houses are not good enough

Over the years, ventilation in houses and apartment buildings was thought to good enough when fresh air slipped in through windows and random cracks and holes unintentionally left in the building envelope during construction. But that meant ventilation design was essentially random.

Many siding options for a Lindal Cedar Homes

A home’s siding is the biggest decision to complement a Lindal Cedar Home’s distinctive architectural design.

How home automation technology can help small businesses

Like homeowners, people who own and operate small businesses are always looking for ways to boost productivity, save time, and cut costs.

ACT D'MANDS hot water recirculating pump provides instant gratification

If you are like most people you turn on the hot water faucet and wait…. and wait. In a minute or two you finally start to feel some warmth and eventually the hot water you ordered arrives.

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