How to Use a Thermal Camera with a Blower Door Test

As building codes and eco-savvy customers demand more energy efficiency from their homes, it has fallen to the construction professionals to create an effective building envelope. In this task, the blower door test plays a vital role in helping builders to find the gaps in the building envelope and seal them.

How to Read a Water Heater Energy Guide

When you're researching a new water heater, here are a few things to look for.

Time for the first blower door test!

I can’t believe that it’s already time for our first blower door test. It feels like yesterday that I was walking around on a piece of raw land and problem-solving with my wife over what we wanted our new home to look like. Now here we are - the lion’s share of construction has been completed and I’ve shifted my focus to the interior.

Training and Education Available for ICFs

For builders who want to know more about building with insulated concrete form construction, there are numerous resources -- often free -- available. They don't have to tackle it alone.

Ask A Pro for Water Heater Expertise

Sure, you might be able to install a water heater. But do you know how to make sure you choose the right size? Who will you call if it doesn't work right, or begins leaking?

Record Crowds at Solar Power International and Energy Storage International Expo

Over 20,000 attendees saw the latest solar power and energy storage innovations displayed by 700+ exhibitors at the annual Solar Power International (SPI) Expo September 10-13 in Las Vegas. The event, sponsored by SPI and Energy Storage International (ESI), attributed...

Add more sunlight to your home for a boost in energy savings

Solar panels aren’t the only vehicle to leverage the power of the sun to reduce energy costs in your home. Household items as simple as your doors and windows can also be used to help increase energy efficiency.

Know Your Building Science Climate Zone

Knowing the climate zone your residential build will take place in will influence many of the decisions you will make as to construction methods and building materials.

Home Comforts That Provide Long-term Savings

Whether you have blueprints on the table for a new home or want to improve your existing home, consider some innovative, highly-efficient amenities now to make life more comfortable and provide substantial energy savings in the years to come.

Save Big with A Heat Pump Water Heater

If you're in the market for a highly energy efficient electric water heater, take a look at the heat pump water heater, also known as a hybrid water heater.

Three things to remember about home automation

One thing that sticks out to me about building an eco-friendly home in 2017 is that from a technology standpoint, there’s never been a better time to build one. From appliances to lights to indoor comfort, nearly every facet of a home can be managed through a centralized control system connected to the internet.

Coastal Builders Looking for Resilient Homes

Home buyers in coastal areas are discovering the benefits of ICF construction on their own and want to work with contractors who can help them build their dream home.

Should I Replace my Water Heater with the Same Size?

One question we often hear is whether you have to replace a water heater with the same size unit.

The Pros and Cons of Unventilated Attics

Unventilated attics can help to mitigate energy loss through leaky ducts or ceiling fittings. The energy savings touted by unvented attics can be as high as 20%. However, if moisture is able to enter the unvented attic space, it may lead to roofing panel issues.

Create a Sanctuary Room for Clean Home Air

Boosting the air quality of an entire home can be a daunting task, especially if you live in a large home or there is an issue with toxic mold and other contaminants. How can you protect your family from indoor air pollution and allergy triggers?

Tankless vs. tank: Storing water

Warm comfort from your shower is a true gift when you are exhausted or cold, but your traditional tank water heater also gives you a silent gift you rarely notice until it is too late. The unwanted gift?  Sediment.

When Should I Replace My Water Heater?

Like any appliance, there comes a point where it makes sense to install a new unit rather than putting up with one that doesn't work when you need it.

ICFs Deliver a 5-in-1 Wall Assembly

An ICF walls delivers a continuous air and heat barrier with no cracks and crevices other than what's supposed to be there, such as utility penetrations.

Controlling Against Moisture Damage for Wall Sheathing

Moisture can cause many structural problems and create a very unhealthy home for your family when mold and mildew begin to form. Building a home that deals effectively with moisture requires due diligence from design to installation and on to maintenance.

Tips for Saving Energy This Fall

Well before you begin thinking about turning on the heater, here are some tips to save energy this fall.

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