Are You Green Enough?

Are You Green Enough?

Ever consider saving money, saving energy and saving space with an efficient, electric tankless water heater?  Maybe it’s time you did.

How Long Does It Take to Install an Energy Recovery Ventilator? 7 Points to Consider

How Long Does It Take to Install an Energy Recovery Ventilator? 7 Points to Consider

As the demand for high indoor air quality increases, builders and architects are interested in installing state-of-the-art ventilation systems in high-performance projects. This is an excellent opportunity to distinguish a contractor or design firm as a leader in innovative ventilation solutions.

Build with ICFs in Cold Climates

Build with ICFs in Cold Climates

Using insulated concrete forms for walls and/or foundations can help builders extend their building season, and deliver energy-efficient buildings as well.

Spa/Pool Room are Great Places for Tankless Water Heaters

Spa/Pool Room are Great Places for Tankless Water Heaters

Pre-spa or pre-pool showers remove make-up, body lotions and grime before entering the water, making a pleasant experience all the more pleasant. It also reduces build-up in the water filtration system. And a quick warm rinse afterwards gets chlorine and other chemicals off your skin and out of your hair.

Small to Medium Builders Adopt ICFs for Basements

Small to Medium Builders Adopt ICFs for Basements

We've been talking with builders who are moving toward ICFs for foundations and basements, away from poured concrete or block walls. There are a couple of reasons that builders are making the switch.

How to Fix Window Condensation

How to Fix Window Condensation

As the weather cools, you may notice that your windows ‘sweat’ whenever the temperature drops below 40 degrees F. Water condenses on the window and runs down to wet the frames and sills.

Choosing a solar thermal super feature

Choosing a solar thermal super feature

After some careful consideration, I’ve decided to install a solar thermal system onto the roof above my garage as part of my project!

Bring in the New Year with Hot Water

Bring in the New Year with Hot Water

Nothing better after romping in the ice and snow than a long hot shower.  Make sure you have enough hot water for everyone with a booster electric, tankless water heater or two.

Elevate Your Entryway with Style and Privacy

Elevate Your Entryway with Style and Privacy

Generally speaking, the front door takes up a small area of an exterior. However, it has a much greater impact on your home’s design and functionality.

The Energy Code Compliance Conundrum

The Energy Code Compliance Conundrum

Unlike most other building codes, the energy code has multiple compliance paths.

Demand for “Thermal Comfort” Grows: Solutions Constantly Expanding, Improving

Demand for “Thermal Comfort” Grows: Solutions Constantly Expanding, Improving

Several factors are contributing to the demand for better thermal comfort around the world:  perceptions/attitudes toward climate change, adoption of numerous energy-efficient codes and technologies at varying measures across the globe, and population expansion to name a few.

Dirty Hands Love Tankless Water Heaters

Dirty Hands Love Tankless Water Heaters

Garage and garden out-buildings are perfect places for instant hot water.

ICF Education & Training for Builders

ICF Education & Training for Builders

For many builders, building with insulated concrete forms (ICFs) is still a new technology. Builders can take advantage of free education and training programs that ICF manufacturers offer to the trades.

Housewrap Installation Tips

Housewrap Installation Tips

Housewrap should be an integral part of your home’s envelope—repelling water from outside and allowing water vapor from inside to escape. This only works if it’s properly installed and when it isn’t, it can cause serious damage to the home.

How to Heat Your Home Efficiently

How to Heat Your Home Efficiently

Warmer temperatures extending into November may have led you to believe winter isn't coming. Well, winter is still on its way, and according to weather predictions, it's going to come with a cold, snowy vengeance for many parts of the country. The good news is that if you heat your home efficiently, you can save on heating bills.

Annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo: Its Net Zero Zone a Highlighted Annual Focus

Annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo: Its Net Zero Zone a Highlighted Annual Focus

Exhibiting their exclusive radiant heating system, Electro Plastics, Inc. /STEP Warmfloor, is the inventor and manufacturer of the only low-voltage, flat, homogeneous self-regulating Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heater in the world.

Five Ways to Improve Curb Appeal During Fall and Winter

Five Ways to Improve Curb Appeal During Fall and Winter

As we approach the end of fall foliage in many parts of the country, the drab scenery associated with winter begins to set in. However, you don’t have to settle for that same dullness with your home’s exterior.

Holiday Guests Deserve Hot Water

Holiday Guests Deserve Hot Water

Having family or friends staying over during the holidays?  Get their bathroom ready to handle their hot waters needs with an easy-to-install electric, tankless water heater.

ICF Homes Stand the Test of Time

ICF Homes Stand the Test of Time

At nearly 2,000 years old, the Colosseum in Rome is one of the oldest standing structures in the world. What is it made of? Concrete.

Increasing efficiency with solar water heating

Increasing efficiency with solar water heating

You probably know by now that photo voltaic solar panels have been part of my master plan for this home since day one. Utilities are expensive, especially electricity. My wife and I are usually pretty good about turning the lights off when we leave a room, but the bills can still add up.

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