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Green construction strategies for the best in building envelopes

When a homeowner or building professional searches for building products, there are many ways to go green. In addition to energy-saving options look for products with green attributes throughout the lifecycle of a product.

Prefab house book gives global perspective on green building phenomenon

For anyone considering a green home project, take time out to consider the fast-growing world of prefab and systems built homes. With her new book Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes around the Globe, author Sheri Koones opens the door on this global phenomenon.

Ply Gem launches first Designed Exterior showroom

To give homeowners and building professionals a single location to learn about and become inspired for exterior building products, Ply Gem opened its first Designed Exterior Showroom in Cincinnati, Ohio.

ABC Green Home 2.0 ready to break ground

Building on the success of the ABC Green Home 1.0, the 2.0 version of the green building demonstration home will be built and donated to a disabled veteran through Habitat for Humanity.

DOE recognizes Proud Green Home at Serenbe

The U.S. Department of Energy recognized the Proud Green Home at Serenbe as the first DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in the state of Georgia.

Which metal roof might be right for you?

With the rapid growth in popularity of metal roofing, there has been a rise in variety of styles and types. If you find yourself trying to figure your way through them all, here are some important basics to keep in mind.

Louisville home representing US in green building competition

Kentucky’s first LEED Platinum, net zero Energy and water-conserving home relies on sustainable design and products.

What should a roofing contract include?

If you’re purchasing a roof for a new or older home, you will be faced with many decisions. It’s easy unfortunately to make those decisions and then, when you get down to signing a contract with the roofing installer, just signing whatever they put in front of you.

How to select high performance windows for your home

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

Is it a roof or a chimney problem?

When you replace your home’s roof, you also want to pay close attention to any chimneys that your home has. Chimneys require periodic maintenance and performing that maintenance is often heavy, aggressive work.

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NEWS


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,...

Vinyl siding offers low maintenance, stylish exterior options

Vinyl siding continues to dominate the new construction and remodeling markets with a 33 percent market share and a 3-to-1 sales advantage over the next closest competitor, fiber cement. When it comes to selecting a siding product for new construction...

Boost your home's energy efficiency with insulated vinyl siding

If you're looking for an insulation strategy for a new or existing home, insulated vinyl siding just might be the answer. Vinyl siding is already one of the most popular exterior home claddings – in fact it's used on twice...

Proper framing leads to energy efficiencies for a green home

Contractors know that "Energy Savings Start with the Framing" and a home's energy efficiency is significantly dependent upon proper framing. Over the past several decades Norbord, a leader in OSB sub-floor, wall and roof sheathing has communicated with contractors across...

Choose the best window operating type for your home

Windows can be one of your home's most attractive features. Windows provide views, daylighting, ventilation, and heat from the sun in the winter.

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