Reviewing OSHA roof safety rules

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For OSHA, fall prevention is a major priority because of the over 40 deaths and many more injuries that occur annually. Public safety is also a concern when construction job sites border busy roads.

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Uses for vegetative roofs blooming

Green or vegetative roofs add a touch of nature to a building and reduce the environmental impact on the surrounding area.

Why you need an attic fan in winter

Most homeowners buy attic fans in the summer. That’s when they’re most concerned about venting hot air before it can build up and overheat their homes. But here’s a fact many people don’t know: attic fans are just as important, if not more so, in the winter.

Use daylighting in your home without the heat gain

Using daylight in your home is a great way to cut down on your electricity bill, but this can be offset by solar heat gain.

Roof de-icing saves northern homes from costly damage

If you live north of that intangible line where the winter months change from chilly to extremely cold you know what ice buildup on roofs is all about. Ice dams are formed by a couple of common elements in cold climates: snow and heat loss.

Winter home maintenance to get you set for snow

For many homeowners, winter warming costs are the biggest utility expense. When a home is functioning optimally, you can drastically reduce your winter heating costs and mitigate the damaging effects of ice and snow.

Go behind the walls of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis incorporates a wide variety of advanced building science techniques and products designed to deliver a high-performance home.

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.

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NEWS


2015 roofing trends gravitating to gray

Keep an eye out for gray taking the spotlight as the color of choice in 2015 as homeowners remodel and upgrade their homes.

Roofing contractors embrace solar installation opportunities

With solar energy becoming more mainstream in many parts of the U.S., roofing contractors who add photovoltaic (PV) installation to their services can greatly expand in their markets.

Study: Metal roofs can last 60 years or more

New research findings conclude that certain metal roof systems can last at least 60 years, meaning they do not require replacement during a building’s service life.

Are you ready for ice dam season?

Many homeowners think ice dams are a fact of life in a cold climate, but that's not the case.

Metal roof selected for LEED home for durability and style

A metal roof in a classic style is part of a new green home project in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Metal roofing delivers traditional looks with sustainability built in

For the look of traditional shingles with the durability of metal roofing, aluminum metal roofing is gaining in popularity among homeowners and builders.

Trim panels withstand hurricane force winds

For homes in hurricane-prone regions, roofing trim is often a weak spot. The Galvalock soffit/fascia panel withstood test winds up to 217 mph.

A simple solution for a hot home

In hot months, attic ventilation is important for two reasons: 1) it keeps your attic cool by eliminating heat buildup and 2) it prolongs the life of your roof by preventing early failure of roof materials.

Affordable green townhomes tap solar power to reduce costs

An 18-unit townhouse development provides green living in affordable housing for low-income residents of North Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Fairmount Avenue Townhomes were designed for the Chattanooga Housing Authority to provide low-income housing in the desirable North Chattanooga Neighborhood. HK Architects...

Ply Gem adds eastern distributor for roofing products

Ply Gem added engineered slate roofing to its product line earlier this year, and is expanding distribution to serve building professionals in the eastern U.S. Ply Gem will partner with distribution company Parksite, Inc. to supply Ply Gem’s new Engineered Slate Roofing.

Tax credits for home energy upgrades in force for 2014

Qualified U.S. homeowners can take advantage of tax incentives for adding energy efficient features to their homes in 2014. The good folks at RESNet offer a good overview of the federal tax incentives available for the 2014 tax season.

Cool roof technology boosts curb appeal and energy performance

Residential cool roofing technology has come a long way in recent years with the addition of darker, more dramatic colors and advanced reflective pigments that significantly reduce heat transferred into a house. According to the U.S. government’s Energy-Star program, Americans...

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...

BIPV market expected to reach 1,152.3 MW per year by 2019

The market for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), in which solar cells are integrated into roofing materials such as tile and shingles, is expected to boom along with the market for renewable energy. According to a new report from Transparency Market...

Choose a metal roof for your residential solar panel mounting system

More and more homeowners are choosing to add solar power to their high-performance homes, but they may overlook an important factor: the roof under the solar panels. U.S. homeowners are warming up to the value of solar or photovoltaic (PV) power.

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