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.
The envelope of the Proud Green Home St Louis is designed and constructed to guarantee that the home will not only resist weather but perform effectively and efficiently.
For builders looking for low-carbon footprint products, a new concrete block alternative could be the answer.
While system components such as the HVAC will likely be upgraded in the future with technology advances, it makes sense to invest in building a better thermal envelope.
Not everyone can build their entire house of insulated concrete forms (ICFs), so instead adding a storm shelter to the existing house or structure can be the difference between...
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.
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.
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.
Fox Blocks addresses many of the common inquiries of ICF professionals and put them in easy to use topics. Hopefully they can help to educate the ICF community on how to build with ICFs properly.
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What is thermal mass? Well, it’s basically a substance’s ability to resist fluctuations in temperature, which means it takes a lot of energy to heat a substance and a lot of energy to cool it. A good example of this is a concrete sidewalk in the summer.
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...
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...
A study of 58 new home construction projects in New Zealand found defects in batt insulation installation in every home. New Zealand’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority contracted Realsure LTD to conduct a survey of new homes to look at...
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...
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Building a home is not a one-size-fits-all undertaking, and some aspects have to be customized to the region of the country in which the home is located. That’s true for insulation, heating and cooling, and exterior siding, for example. To...