Brick Siding: Helping keep moisture out

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To better understand which wall assemblies perform best and remain dry in mixed-humid climates, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Products Laboratory and the Brick Industry Association to conduct a year-long field moisture study.

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Panelized wall construction reframes green home building science

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis utilized panelized wall construction as part of the building science that will result in a high performance home.

Weather resistant sheathing stands up to tough building codes

As new building codes call for continuous insulation and air sealing, building professionals are looking for ways to meet codes with fewer steps.

Sustainably produced membranes keep water out of the building envelope

A high performance home starts from the ground up. Keeping water and air out of the places it doesn't belong in the home's envelope goes a long way to make the home more durable and comfortable, not to mention more efficient.

Nature's Insulators: Benefits of brick exteriors

Let’s face it: green is the new black. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of their sustainable footprint, which requires product manufacturers to take the environmental impact of their products seriously.

1920s bungalow gets deep green retrofit for sustainability studies

The ReNEWW House is a multi-year research project in which a 1920s vintage home is retrofitted into a net-zero energy, water and zero-waste-to-landfill structure.

Open house for the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

Before the drywall goes up and this green home's high performance systems are hidden, go behind the scenes of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis.

Green builders collaborate to build high performance home

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis is under construction to deliver sustainable benefits to its owners and to educate and inspire building professionals and consumers about the benefits of building and living green.

How to choose energy efficient windows and doors

Take control of home energy costs by using high-performance, energy-efficient windows and doors in your home.

Brick: An old way to a better tomorrow

Since early mankind moved out of caves and into communities, brick was a desired construction material. With readily available materials, a simple manufacturing process and durable and sustainable results, brick prominence was easy to understand.

Deep green remodel will be a living laboratory for Purdue

A deep green rebuild of a 1920s vintage Craftsman home demonstrates that existing housing stock can be transformed into a net-zero energy, water and waste high performance home.

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Home makeover winners choosing Certainteed exterior products (video)

The Bielfelt family of Mentor, Ohio, is remodeling their 100-year-old home after winning the 2013 Living Spaces Facebook Home Makeover Video Contest from CertainTeed.

Cost effective green building starts with energy efficient windows

To understand much of what makes a green home so efficient, look no further than its windows.

Are you missing the connection between Shark Week and green building?

Shark Week, the long-running summer Discovery Channel event devoted to all things shark, may seem to have a tenuous connection to green building.

Boral low-maintenance siding offers the look of wood

New siding options offer the look of traditional wood without the headaches of high maintenance.

Hurricane-proof windows tested by a 2x4 shot out of a cannon (video)

If an object hits a window and shatters during a storm, wind and water get into the home causing further damage as well as potential harm to anyone inside.

4 reasons you're wrong for not considering vinyl siding for your green home

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, vinyl siding was used on nearly 30 percent of all new homes built in 2012, more than any other cladding material.

4 ways to stick it to your utility company

Rising temperatures bring rising energy bills so ways to save on utility bills become top of mind, and a home energy audit is a great way to reduce costs and realize energy savings.

Does your home measure up? Top characteristics that sell homes

Making the right home improvements can pay off when it comes time to sell, but which ones attract homebuyers? The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Characteristics of Homes Built in 2013 Report show that homeowners prefer the pleasure...

Demand growing for reclaimed timbers in green building projects

Building professionsals are looking to reclaimed wood from tear downs as a way to incorporate a rustic design texture as well as green building concepts into their new projects. One provider of reclaimed timbers, New Energy Works, has seen a...

Stronger building codes urged to help homes survive tornadoes

After three deadly tornadoes in less than 15 years, Moore, Oklahoma strengthened its building codes.

Add curb appeal and value during National Home Improvement Month

During National Home Improvement Month in May, professional contractor Mark Clement offers tips to upgrade a home's curb appeal, which will increase the value of a house and make a positive impact on visitors. "According to Remodeling magazine's 2014 Cost...

CertainTeed home makeover winner designs home exterior

The Bielfelt family of Mentor, Ohio, won an exterior makeover of their 100-year-old home, and now they're taking the first steps in bringing their vision to life. The Bielfelts won CertainTeed’s 2013 Living Spaces® Facebook® Home Makeover Video Contest, and...

Vinyl windows boost home performance and cut maintenance

When it comes to making a decision on the type of replacement window to select for the home, there are a multitude of options to consider. From glass packages to window styles, the choices can seem daunting. However, according to...

Tight building envelopes rely on site-formed flashing and trim

In the quest to maximize building science, durability and health benefits, building envelope integrity is assuming ever greater importance. Effective flashing and trim are critical in ensuring envelope performance, resistance to water infiltration and home integrity. "In many cases you...

Reclaimed wood siding uses zero-VOC paints

A new exterior cladding line uses reclaimed wood from the Pacific Northwest protected with zero-VOC paint for long-term sustainability. Drawing inspiration from the rhythms of nature and human spirit, Windfall Color Cladding combines premium, zero-VOC interior paint from YOLO Colorhouse,...

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