Managing Building Envelope Moisture with ICFs

Managing Building Envelope Moisture with ICFs

One of the benefits of an insulated concrete form wall is that the concrete and foam are not affected by water. However, the foam insulation can create conditions that lead to formation of moisture that could lead to mold, mildew or rot in other components such as wood framing and drywall.

Green Gab Podcast | Where a Home Lives

Green Gab Podcast | Where a Home Lives

Good old common sense is really the foundation for the basic principles of green home. It does seem that sometimes common sense is not so common. One of the basic premises of green design is lot and site or rather...

STEP Warmfloor Participates in First-of-Its-Kind Live Microgrid at  Solar Power International Convention

STEP Warmfloor Participates in First-of-Its-Kind Live Microgrid at Solar Power International Convention

North America’s largest solar conference and exhibition, Solar Power International (SPI), held September 12-15 in Las Vegas, exceeded the anticipated attendance of 15,000 with over 18,000 attendees visiting 650 exhibitors. Powered by the Solar Power Industries Association (SEIA), SPI’s growth...

Steeple Chase Builders Retrofit: Homeowners Impact

Steeple Chase Builders Retrofit: Homeowners Impact

Steeplechase Builders recently retrofitted an expanded Cape home in southern New Hampshire with a Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) system.

A Well Performing Home is No Sweat

A Well Performing Home is No Sweat

So we all know how humidity impacts us when we are outside – but, did you ever consider what humidity levels are doing to your indoor living space?

What Homeowners Need to Know About Building With ICFs

What Homeowners Need to Know About Building With ICFs

If you're thinking about building a high performance home, you should strongly consider choosing insulated concrete forms for your wall system. Here are a few of the tops reasons that make ICF a good choice.

Green Gab Podcast | Green Living, Saving Ourselves

Green Gab Podcast | Green Living, Saving Ourselves

What does green living really entail and how can it help save ourselves? Join the gab about green living and consumer education for homeowners and residents to learn how to live greener. Green living can start with our buying choices...

Alta Lake Passive House Wins Wood Design Award

The impressive Alta Lake Passive House in Whistler, British Columbia won the Environmental Performance Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to boosting overall environmental performance of a building.

Getting to the Construction Phase with Your Action Plan

Getting to the Construction Phase with Your Action Plan

Actually building your new home will almost certainly present a few “rocks in the river”! I’ve compared the process to a well-planned rafting trip with a beginning and a one-way flow to completion. What gets us to our destination is a plan of action (or, in the rafting analogy, the raft!).

Use ICF Systems That Provide a Full Envelope

Use ICF Systems That Provide a Full Envelope

An insulated concrete form (ICF) system should wrap a home in a full thermal envelope of foam and concrete, but in some systems there are small but vital gaps.

Green Gab Podcast | 15 years of Green Buildings are Better

Green Gab Podcast | 15 years of Green Buildings are Better

15 years of Green Buildings Are Better in the St. Louis Metro brings Hope Gribble of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – Missouri Gateway Chapter to the studio to gab with us.

Why Get a Furnace Tune-Up Now?

Why Get a Furnace Tune-Up Now?

Chances are very good that your neighborhood HVAC professional receives dozens of calls each Fall from frantic homeowners dealing with a furnace breakdowns or other cold-weather emergency. And in most cases, these emergencies could have been easily avoided with a simple inspection and tune-up at the start of the cold season.

Plans and Planning; It’s All About Learning

Plans and Planning; It’s All About Learning

As you know, my wife and I are building an eco-friendly home. Our idea is to use the best materials and building techniques to get the right blend of cutting edge sustainability and “livability”! It has taken a lot of research, and more importantly a lot of expert advice, but we’ve learned what it takes to get the results we want.

What Builders Need to Know About ICFs

What Builders Need to Know About ICFs

For a general contractor or other building professional, insulated concrete forms can add another product to your portfolio and help you deliver better homes for your customers. If you're a homebuyer considering an ICF home, here are a few things to know.

Develop an Extended Team of Resources

Develop an Extended Team of Resources

Building an eco-friendly home means juggling options and educating yourself about materials and practices to make the best decisions. One of the most important things you can do early on is to call on resources that will guide you, save money, and make the process more of a journey than an ordeal.

Green Gab Podcast | Preserving a bit of History, the city’s or your own

Green Gab Podcast | Preserving a bit of History, the city’s or your own

Gabbing about green remodeling in historic homes and general remodeling projects with a green tint with Kate Ewing of Mosby Building Arts.

ENERGY STAR for Homes v2

ENERGY STAR for Homes v2

In the past, the ENERGY STAR program has focused almost exclusively on products alone, but installation – including duct sealing – is just as important to energy efficiency.

Lubberland's Edge: Net-Zero Home Focuses on Indoor Air Quality

Lubberland's Edge: Net-Zero Home Focuses on Indoor Air Quality

When Norbert and Robin were designing their retirement dream home in southeastern New Hampshire, they were inspired by the concept of dynamic energy efficiency. Four energy-efficient systems were used to ensure comfort throughout the year while promoting indoor air quality.

Attractive Panels Deliver Solar Flair

Attractive Panels Deliver Solar Flair

Not only was first-gen solar ugly, the real estate industry beat up homes that had it, actually dinging sale and appraisal values.

The Benefits of a Zehnder Fresh Air Machine in Your Home

Think for a moment about how the experience of breathing fresh air cleans your mind, calms your mood, and revitalizes your body. Now imagine that feeling every minute in your home, the temperature is comfortable, and that freshness is always there.

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