3 things architects need to know about foundation waterproofing


When architects don't specify products, builders will use their favorite products and sub contractors to get the job done. For some aspects of the building, that's just fine. For other critical aspects it could lead to failures and client dissatisfaction.


Win the battle for a dry basement

Unfortunately, below-grade waterproofing is all too often a case of out of sight, out of mind. It's not something homeowners, or even building professionals spend much time thinking about. But a wet basement can lead to a whole host of problems.

Foundation waterproofing system battles basement water problems

For most homes with a basement or foundation, it's not a matter of if it will leak, but only when.

MID-MOD MESS – Energy (In)Efficiency in Mid-Century Modern

Mid 20th-century modern homes have some of the coolest design out there but they are a train wreck in terms of energy efficiency.

Active building products help manage indoor air quality

New active building materials can help make homes safer and more comfortable by directly affecting the environment.

Secrets behind the walls of 3 high performance green homes

It's easy being green; after all, there are many ways to design and build a high performance green home.

Engineered shake & shingle siding delivers the look of cedar without the upkeep

Everyone loves the natural beauty, warmth, and charm of real cedar siding on homes, but they don’t love the constant upkeep.

Insulated concrete forms are the foundation of the Proud Green Home of Cincinnati high performance strategy

High performance homes start long before the groundbreaking. That's why the Proud Green Home of Cincinnati, an aspiring LEED Platinum and Passive House certified home is starting with insulated concrete forms.

Durable sheathing resists weather for easier builds

Sheathing that can stand up to the weather helps builders deliver a better quality home.

Seal the building envelope with innovative products

Air sealing offers a proven and cost-effective solution for reducing energy expenses and increasing the energy efficiency of a home.

Understanding R-value and U-value

Knowing what R-value and U-values mean is key to following energy issues and to selecting products that best suit the climate zone you are building in.

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USDA grants to support wood multistory building projects

Innovative new technologies and building systems have enabled longer wood spans, taller walls, and higher buildings, and continue to expand the possibilities for wood use in construction.

Smart sensor spots water leaks quickly (video)

Unfortunately, all too often you discover a leaking sink, water heater or washing machine only after it's caused a lot of damage to your home.

SIPs pass tests for sound transmission and fire resistance

Structural insulated panels are known for providing a tight building envelope, and now one company's products also meet tough sound and fire resistance standards.

New wall system cuts lumber content and boosts performance

Builders can shift costs in a building design to where it delivers the most performance with a new wall system from BASF.

You'll never guess where this green home is being built

Here's a new take on a green home – the green is from the football field of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Marvin Windows honors Architects Challenge winners

Marvin Windows and Doors has announced the winners of its seventh annual Architects Challenge, the first year the company has honored projects in various segments.

5 things you didn't know about insulated concrete form construction

As building codes demand homes with tighter building envelopes and continuous insulation, home builders and consumers are looking for building strategies that deliver that performance without paying a premium.

Insulated sheathing helps seal building envelope

Composite insulated sheathing stops water and airflow in new or retrofitted homes and apartments.

Home products honored for innovations in high performance building

At the 2015 PCBC, the largest homebuilding trade show representing the west coast region 18 products were named to the Parade of Products Awards.

Cladding system creates air barrier for better energy efficiency

A new cladding panel installation system does more than hold panels – it also helps improve building performance.

Green building project uses humidity data loggers to train students

Students in a residential energy technology program are using temperature/humidity loggers to scientifically track green building practices.

Create a dramatic transition from indoors to outdoors

Sacrificing home aesthetics for storm safety is a thing of the past.

Composite SIPs provide air sealing and continuous insulation

Composite structural insulated panels uses a polymer skin bonded to rigid polyurethane foam for an airtight, continuously insulated wall system.

Foam-cement block wall system passes hurricane testing

There's a new option for building homes to stand up to the worst that Mother Nature has to offer.

Enter to win the $100,000 CertainTeed home makeover contest

Now accepting video entries, the hugely popular annual Living Spaces Home Makeover Contest encourages homeowners to creatively showcase their wish lists for a dream house exterior redesign.

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