How to Choose a New Heating and Cooling System

How to Choose a New Heating and Cooling System

Spoiler alert: Buying a heating and cooling system is not a fun expense. However, it is an investment you need to carefully consider and research before making a purchase decision.

Heating season begins

Heating season begins

October is definitely here. I'm thinking more about what I need to do at the job site to prep for winter and meet a few key deadlines before the cold sets in.

Time for the first blower door test!

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

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.

Record Crowds at Solar Power International and Energy Storage International Expo

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...

Home Comforts That Provide Long-term Savings

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.

Three things to remember about home automation

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

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.

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

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.

ICFs Deliver a 5-in-1 Wall Assembly

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.

Tips for Saving Energy This Fall

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.

Builders: Listen to Your Buyers

Builders: Listen to Your Buyers

Many knowledgeable homebuyers would like to build an ICF home, but their favorite builder may not be familiar with the technology. Builders need listen to their educated buyers and get up to speed on ICF construction to provide a better product to their customers who want a better built home.

Greenbuild International Conference & Expo and ABX 2017 Together in Boston

Greenbuild International Conference & Expo and ABX 2017 Together in Boston

The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo November 8-9 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston MA is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.

Ways Your Life is Improving with Hi-Tech

Ways Your Life is Improving with Hi-Tech

Many are saving money and space by switching to highly efficient, compact, electric tankless water heaters.

Lower Your Cost of Living with an ICF Home

Lower Your Cost of Living with an ICF Home

Studies show that construction costs are relatively small compared to the operating cost of a home over a 30-year mortgage. Insulated concrete form (ICF) homes reduce those costs through energy efficiency and low maintenance living.

Underground and Other Unseen Things

Underground and Other Unseen Things

It occurs to me that some the most important things about building a home are either underground or otherwise unseen, from utilities to time and effort.

Solar Power International Annual Convention Returns to Las Vegas

Solar Power International Annual Convention Returns to Las Vegas

Over 18,000 attendees are expected to attend Solar Power International at Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas for the four day event September 10-13.

Ventilation for Better Buildings: Is My Home Too Tight?

Ventilation for Better Buildings: Is My Home Too Tight?

Say you’re building, or living in, a high-performance house with a well-sealed, well-insulated envelope. Sometime, somewhere, someone is going to ask the question, "Doesn't a house need to breathe?"

High Performance Homes Don't Have to Cost More

High Performance Homes Don't Have to Cost More

Smart builders can make trade offs to offer resilient, energy efficient ICF homes that don't have to cost more than a comparable stick built home.

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