Due to the self-regulating properties of the STEP system, the molecular structure of the heating elements only allow the consumption of energy that is needed to maintain the heat at a given location.
Clogged spray nozzles shouldn’t mean you throw out the can; this creates waste and costs more. There are a number of quick fix solutions you can try to get your nozzles back in action in no time at all.
Builders know that squeaky floors are on of the most common reasons for call backs. And they can be real pain to fix. The best approach is to avoid squeaks in the first place by using a few subflooring secrets of the best pro builders. Here are a few qualities you should look for in subflooring to help ensure quiet, stiff floors.
Industry experts tell me it won't be long until energy use for a home will be part of the mortgage approval process.
Doing your part to help Mother Nature while reducing two of your biggest monthly costs – energy and food – provides instant gratification. Consider some of these ways to go green this summer.
An interview with Carl Seville of SKCollaborative, a green home rater and experienced green building trainer and consultant about his perspective on the importance of continuous insulation and managing moisture in the walls of high performance homes.
It’s easy to identify the differences between millennials and baby boomers in many ways, but it might be surprising to learn that there are also many similarities when it comes to these groups’ buying habits.
Ventilation is part of a strategy to maintain a high quality indoor living environment. Your high end home should be adding to your quality of life, not increasing your chances of poor health. There are three elements to a good indoor air quality strategy: ventilate, eliminate and filtrate.
If you're looking for a energy-efficient water heater option, check out the gas condensing units available in tank and tankless models.
Electro Plastics, Inc. (EPI) (dba STEP Warmfloor) invented the only low-voltage, flat, homogeneous self-regulating Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heater in the world, but that is just the beginning: it still needs a stronger government and industry recognition.
When you combine advanced framing techniques with fiberglass batt insulation, you can get better thermal performance that saves you money. Here are some tips to getting the most out of your insulation.
As we toured homes in search of ours, many of the sales people would proudly point out the HERS rating for the home, yet did not know how to explain how that would affect our living experience in that home.
As severe weather events seem to become more common, homeowners are becoming more interested in storm resilient homes.
No matter the architectural style of your home, you can add your own personal touch with a relatively easy change. If you’re an advanced DIY-er, this one’s for you!
Often times, the early use of an invention is far different than what the future holds for it. Such is the case for nano particles and their Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) properties.
To understand the concept of heat pump (HPWH) or hybrid water heater, imagine a refrigerator working in reverse.
For builders looking for a way to keep water from entering a home, flexible flashing tape can seal problem areas like windows.
As building codes become stricter in many states, building pros can take advantage of free educational opportunities to keep pace.
Appliances help us do so many things in our homes from food prep and storage to all sorts of cleaning tasks in our households. It’s an added benefit when these appliances do even more than just their job by doing it with less energy, water and/or resources.
If you’ve been following this blog you know I’m a big fan of good project management. My wife and I know what we want the home we’re building to feel like to live in, but with all the new technology, building products and techniques available, we have really focused on the results we want and sought out experts to guide us.