Along with the walls and framing, a very important element in a high performance home is the subfloor system and the sheathing used.
Air and water will find their way into any building. But smart builders provide a path that reduces the opportunity for damage to the other parts of the structure.
Ideal for exterior trim and siding applications, the poly-ash structure consists of more than 70 percent recycled or rapidly renewable materials...
With the right windows, sunlight can be transformed from problem into an asset by designing windows to manage heat and light.
Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, will incorporate some of its green building products in the renovated corporate headquarters building it will lease.
With an emphasis on a durable building envelope, brick and stone will play a key role in the performance of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis.
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.
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.
As new building codes call for continuous insulation and air sealing, building professionals are looking for ways to meet codes with fewer steps.
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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.
The Appraisal Institute encourages homeowner to winterize their homes to potentially reduce energy costs, increase comfort in cold months and possibly improve resale value.
Building with composite structural insulated panels can replace six building products while delivering a continuously insulated building envelope.
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.
To understand much of what makes a green home so efficient, look no further than its windows.
Shark Week, the long-running summer Discovery Channel event devoted to all things shark, may seem to have a tenuous connection to green building.
New siding options offer the look of traditional wood without the headaches of high maintenance.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
After three deadly tornadoes in less than 15 years, Moore, Oklahoma strengthened its building codes.
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...
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...
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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...