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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Well before you begin thinking about turning on the heater, here are some tips to save energy this fall.
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.
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.
Many are saving money and space by switching to highly efficient, compact, electric tankless water heaters.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
What do summer blockbuster movies, boxed chocolates and skyscrapers have in common?
Fifty years ago radiant heating might have sounded like science fiction. Today there’s a saying about concrete and underfloor heating systems that goes, “friends don’t let friends pour concrete without PEX in it”.