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Mold & Dust Mites: How Your Basement Impacts Home Air Quality

Posted by Sarah Lozanova Did you know that many of the indoor air quality issues in a home originate in the crawl space or basement? Unfortunately, basement air is frequently the most compromised air in the house, and contaminants commonly...

Decorative Doorglass Improves Your Home's Energy Efficiency, Curb Appeal

Whether you’re a homeowner looking to transform your curb appeal or one who’s looking to find new ways to help increase your energy efficiency, Decorative Doorglass is a beautiful option that satisfies both desires without sacrificing either.

ICFs Score Well in Life Cycle Analysis

Which do you think costs more: constructing a building or operating it? For both residential and commercial construction, the answer is operating the building. Research shows the larger environmental impacts in a life cycle assessment (LCA) are from the production...

Balance, Systems, and Field Knowledge

"Eco-friendly" simply means a home's design minimizes environmental impacts. Designs differ, such as whether materials are chosen based on how they're sourced or produced, and how they impact the home's carbon footprint. For our new home my wife and I looked for a balance between sustainability and a comfortable living space.

Tips to Make your Move Easier

No one likes moving—it’s a disruptive process that takes a huge investment of time and energy. While it’s never going to be fun, there are ways you can make your move easier for you and your family.

Easy Installation of Efficient Radiant Heat in Existing Homes without Remodeling

Oftentimes, radiant heating systems are installed with new construction or when replacing carpeting and other flooring material, or during a remodeling project. The thin, 1.2 mm, STEP Warmfloor heating membrane that utilizes low voltage energy, can be cut and easily...

The 2017 Theme for World Water Day is ‘Wastewater’

The 2017 theme for World Water Day is ‘Wastewater’. The Bio-Microbics team created a video of people saying “Better Water.

Poor Indoor Air Quality Hurts Productivity

Studies have linked worker productivity, mood, and cognitive function to indoor air quality, but ventilation solutions exist for healthier indoor air.

Should I Invest in an Energy Star Water Heater?

According to Energy Star, there are two reasons to consider high-efficiency water heaters: saving money and helping the environment.

Low-E Doorglass Reduces Heat Loss, Blocks UV Rays

Houses, especially older ones that are poorly insulated, are prone to letting in unwanted cold air. Add increased inefficiency when doorglass panels are installed incorrectly and heat escapes, and you might be a very unsatisfied homeowner during the cold winter months.

ICFs Create High Performance Schools

Kentucky is leading the nation in the construction of energy-saving public schools and insulated concrete form construction has been a big part of that push. Fox Blocks ICFs were used in the award-winning Glasgow High School that opened in 2012, and now the Kingsolver-Pierce Elementary School, at Ft.

Circular Saw Safety Tips

Whether you are a seasoned pro or a new-comer to the construction business, regularly reviewing the way you use equipment can help to reduce accidents.

Engineering, Coordination, and a Solid Foundation

I'd like to claim that successes I've had while designing and building our new eco-friendly home are due to my own expertise... but that wouldn't be true! I've built many homes of this type, and three requirements come to mind.

Effective Radiant Heating with Solar Panels

In their infancy, solar panels and radiant heating systems were great concepts waiting for a marriage of the two. Their respective technologies were efficient enough but consumer costs were prohibitive. Today, demand for both has created vast efficiency improvements by...

Visions Guide Planning, Construction Process Follows

Before my wife and I started building our own eco-friendly home we knew what we wanted it to feel like to live in. Our vision guided the planning process and affected every decision along the way.

ICFs Deliver a Good Foundation

If you'd like to build an energy-efficient home, start with a good foundation -- an ICF foundation.

Tips for Choosing a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are a great choice for a continuous, energy-efficient supply of hot water in your home. But keep in mind that not all water heaters are created equal.

See the Story Behind EWS and Our Passion for Clean Water

Everyone wants to drink healthy water in their homes. But it's not always easy to know the best way to provide it for your family.

A Balanced Approach to Eco-Friendly Construction

I’ve often talked about planning ahead as we’ve been building our eco-friendly home in Connecticut. Planning isn’t all looking at the future, though.

How to Pick the Right Ladder

When you are working at height, your ladder is your foundation. Selecting the right ladder for the job will ensure the safety of your crew on the jobsite. Height is your first consideration when selecting a ladder, but you must also pay attention to the kind of material it’s made of and its duty rating.

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