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.
A high performance home starts with a tight building envelope, and that includes the foundation.
When a homeowner is dissatisfied with the home it can often lead to expensive litigation and insurance claims. Builders want to deliver a product that delight their customers, so learning how to reduce the risk of mold and other problems can help builders do just that.
Builder Kim Hibbs, president of Hibbs Homes, reviews the role that insulation from Dow Building Solutions will play in the energy-efficiency of the home.
Along with the walls and framing, a very important element in a high performance home is the subfloor system and the sheathing used.
As California, Colorado, Arizona and other western states approach the end of the 2014 wildfire season, higher fire risk looks to be a fact of life.
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.
Our homes need to be tougher. With severe weather events on the rise, including hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, wild fires and blizzards, homes can take a beating.
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.
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Recent studies indicate that buildings with a high level of wood content have a positive physiological impact on the human nervous system.
For homeowners that are concerned about whether or not their home is energy efficient, a new infographic can help them make an educated choice.
As the weather takes a turn for the worse, unprotected lumber on building sites is vulnerable to moisture-related problems.
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.
After suffering damage, homes are often rebuilt in the same way, still susceptible to the same problems. But that's changing with the growth of defensive 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.
Blocking water from the building envelope is an ongoing struggle for building professionals. But there's a new weapon in the battle against moisture, the Henry BlueskinVP 100 self-adhered, water-resistant air barrier membrane.
For building professionals faced with challenging environments, defensive building may the answer to fight decay, insects and mold.
As homebuilders are challenged to meet increasingly stringent energy codes imposed by cities and counties, they're turning to an alternative to conventional stick-built construction.
Reflecting the growing interest in insulated concrete form construction, Fox Blocks has expanded its manufacturing base to Texas and Missouri. Omaha-based Fox Blocks, the fastest growing manufacturer of insulated concrete forms (ICF) in North America, continues expansion of their added...
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...
Turn a nightmare project into a winner with the Worst Subfloor photo contest.
After three deadly tornadoes in less than 15 years, Moore, Oklahoma strengthened its building codes.
Air tightness is one of the most under appreciated factors behind energy efficient homes. Other aspects of green building like insulation, windows and solar power grab all the headlines. But Ben Adam-Smith, a film maker in Britain and a green...
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The ZIP System tape from Huber Engineered Woods LLC was the first flashing tape to receive recognition under the 2012 building codes. The tape, part of the Huber ZIP System of sheathing products, gained ICC-ES recognition to the 2012 International...