Celebrating 115 Years of Air Conditioning

Celebrating 115 Years of Air Conditioning

What do summer blockbuster movies, boxed chocolates and skyscrapers have in common?

Past Predictions and Today’s Practices

Past Predictions and Today’s Practices

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”.

OA Showcase Home Creates Resilient Design with ZIP System® R-Sheathing

OA Showcase Home Creates Resilient Design with ZIP System® R-Sheathing

Custom builder Michael Anschel likes a challenge, and there is perhaps no greater challenge to a builder than taking a 1920s-era home and giving it new life while still respecting its original architecture.

Give Your Current Tank Water Heater a Low-Cost Boost

Give Your Current Tank Water Heater a Low-Cost Boost

When a hot water faucet is turned on we expect endless hot water, especially in the shower.  But we have all experienced the not-so-hot shower caused by other demands for hot water in the home.

The Many Angles of Eco-Friendly Building

The Many Angles of Eco-Friendly Building

There are many angles to building an eco-friendly home including advanced construction techniques, using recycled building materials, and for many people, growing food and recycling the waste. For my project I’ve tried to cover as many “eco-friendly umbrella” areas I can.

Comparative Analysis of Current State-of-the-Art Heating

Comparative Analysis of Current State-of-the-Art Heating

Comparing self-regulating radiant heating to traditional forced-air and renewable energy systems reveals impressive energy savings and performance using the radiant system.

Comfort and Savings from Point-of-Use to Whole-House Hot Water Enhancements

Comfort and Savings from Point-of-Use to Whole-House Hot Water Enhancements

Most families living in a large, single-family home experience a shortage of hot water when a high demand is present. An electric tankless water heater might be the perfect solution.

New Clip System for Easier HRV/ERV Installation

New Clip System for Easier HRV/ERV Installation

A new bayonet clip system for heat and energy recovery ventilators streamlines the installation process in single and multi-family homes.

Substantiated Success Backs Self-Regulating Radiant Heating System

Substantiated Success Backs Self-Regulating Radiant Heating System

Electro Plastics, Inc. (EPI) (dba STEP Warmfloor) inventor of the only low-voltage, flat, homogeneous self-regulating Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heater in the world, has many years of proven success.

Young Builders Deliver Personalized Attention

Young Builders Deliver Personalized Attention

Millennial buyers crave authenticity and quality, and a new generation of homebuilders is adopting the personalized approach that younger buyers crave.

High Performance Home Cost Shifting

High Performance Home Cost Shifting

Creating a high-performance building envelope with insulated concrete forms allows other costs to be shifted elsewhere.

Next Generation Roof Decks Help Fortify Homes Against Storms

On projects for Sapphire Homes in Gulfport, MS, general contractor John Price has to deal with a lot of rain. Rain is an almost daily reality on build sites in the coastal city, and that can spell trouble for roofs. Price relies on roof deck products that help achieve quick rough dry-in and ensure long-term durability under potential storm threats.

Gas Tankless Water Heaters Need Proper Venting

Gas Tankless Water Heaters Need Proper Venting

Tankless water heaters have come a long way, capable of suppling your entire home with hot water. However, if you purchase a gas model you need to provide a source of fresh air to your gas unit for combustion and an exhaust route for the carbon monoxide produced.

Self-Regulating Radiant Heating System’s Innovation Demonstrated

Self-Regulating Radiant Heating System’s Innovation Demonstrated

Due to the self-regulating properties of the STEP system, the molecular structure of the heating elements only allow the consumption of energy that is needed to maintain the heat at a given location.

Subflooring Secrets for Squeakless Floors

Subflooring Secrets for Squeakless Floors

Builders know that squeaky floors are on of the most common reasons for call backs. And they can be real pain to fix. The best approach is to avoid squeaks in the first place by using a few subflooring secrets of the best pro builders. Here are a few qualities you should look for in subflooring to help ensure quiet, stiff floors.

Home Energy Use Will Be Part of the Mortgage Process

Home Energy Use Will Be Part of the Mortgage Process

Industry experts tell me it won't be long until energy use for a home will be part of the mortgage approval process.

Seven Ways to Go Green This Summer

Seven Ways to Go Green This Summer

Doing your part to help Mother Nature while reducing two of your biggest monthly costs – energy and food – provides instant gratification. Consider some of these ways to go green this summer.

Q&A with Green Builder Carl Seville

Q&A with Green Builder Carl Seville

An interview with Carl Seville of SKCollaborative, a green home rater and experienced green building trainer and consultant about his perspective on the importance of continuous insulation and managing moisture in the walls of high performance homes.

Why High End Homes Need To Think Ventilation First

Why High End Homes Need To Think Ventilation First

Ventilation is part of a strategy to maintain a high quality indoor living environment. Your high end home should be adding to your quality of life, not increasing your chances of poor health. There are three elements to a good indoor air quality strategy: ventilate, eliminate and filtrate.

Invention of Self-Regulating, Low-Voltage Radiant Heating is Just the Beginning

Invention of Self-Regulating, Low-Voltage Radiant Heating is Just the Beginning

Electro Plastics, Inc. (EPI) (dba STEP Warmfloor) invented the only low-voltage, flat, homogeneous self-regulating Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heater in the world, but that is just the beginning: it still needs a stronger government and industry recognition.

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