Tackling Continuous Insulation Mandates with ICFs

Tackling Continuous Insulation Mandates with ICFs

One of the toughest challenges in home energy efficiency is eliminating thermal bridging.

Homeowner Uses 24 Volt Radiant Heat System for Comfort and Savings

Homeowner Uses 24 Volt Radiant Heat System for Comfort and Savings

After studying electrical heat options and other radiant heat systems requiring maintenance, one homeowner decided to go with STEP Warmfloor.

Meeting Ventilation Demands for High-Performance Homes

High-performance, super-energy efficient homes are becoming more and more popular throughout North America. As demand from your customers grows, is your team equipped to meet the challenge?

Learning, Eco-Friendly Plumbing and Thinking on Your Feet

Learning, Eco-Friendly Plumbing and Thinking on Your Feet

For more than 30 years I've enjoyed keeping up with residential building trends and innovative materials and practices. Plumbing is obviously a major system, and you might be surprised at the variety of eco-friendly options available.

Five Ways to Improve Your Home for Earth Day

Five Ways to Improve Your Home for Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual reminder how our environment can be improved by collectively doing things to reduce pollution. Here are a few easy things to consider.

Green Gab Podcast | Sunsets and Changing Climate Zones

Green Gab Podcast | Sunsets and Changing Climate Zones

The sunsets in Oklahoma City are breath-taking and I’d forgotten how beautiful they are. The climate and the flat landscape are likely some of the reasons. Whatever the reasons, it is a lovely gift of being in a new place and it brings a smile to my heart each time.

Is ICF the Right Wall System for Your Project?

Is ICF the Right Wall System for Your Project?

There are many paths to reach a high performance home, and I want to take a look at two wall systems that are gaining in popularity.

Lessons from the Framing Stage - Details and Patience

Lessons from the Framing Stage - Details and Patience

We live in a colder region, so teaming up with my architect, the building inspector and others on details ordinary construction techniques miss was important.

ICFs Score Well in Life Cycle Analysis

ICFs Score Well in Life Cycle Analysis

Which do you think costs more: constructing a building or operating it? For both residential and commercial construction, the answer is operating the building. Research shows the larger environmental impacts in a life cycle assessment (LCA) are from the production...

Mold & Dust Mites: How Your Basement Impacts Home Air Quality

Posted by Sarah Lozanova Did you know that many of the indoor air quality issues in a home originate in the crawl space or basement? Unfortunately, basement air is frequently the most compromised air in the house, and contaminants commonly...

Balance, Systems, and Field Knowledge

Balance, Systems, and Field Knowledge

"Eco-friendly" simply means a home's design minimizes environmental impacts. Designs differ, such as whether materials are chosen based on how they're sourced or produced, and how they impact the home's carbon footprint. For our new home my wife and I looked for a balance between sustainability and a comfortable living space.

Easy Installation of Efficient Radiant Heat in Existing Homes without Remodeling

Easy Installation of Efficient Radiant Heat in Existing Homes without Remodeling

Oftentimes, radiant heating systems are installed with new construction or when replacing carpeting and other flooring material, or during a remodeling project. The thin, 1.2 mm, STEP Warmfloor heating membrane that utilizes low voltage energy, can be cut and easily...

The 2017 Theme for World Water Day is ‘Wastewater’

The 2017 Theme for World Water Day is ‘Wastewater’

The 2017 theme for World Water Day is ‘Wastewater’. The Bio-Microbics team created a video of people saying “Better Water.

Poor Indoor Air Quality Hurts Productivity

Poor Indoor Air Quality Hurts Productivity

Studies have linked worker productivity, mood, and cognitive function to indoor air quality, but ventilation solutions exist for healthier indoor air.

ICFs Create High Performance Schools

ICFs Create High Performance Schools

Kentucky is leading the nation in the construction of energy-saving public schools and insulated concrete form construction has been a big part of that push. Fox Blocks ICFs were used in the award-winning Glasgow High School that opened in 2012, and now the Kingsolver-Pierce Elementary School, at Ft.

Engineering, Coordination, and a Solid Foundation

Engineering, Coordination, and a Solid Foundation

I'd like to claim that successes I've had while designing and building our new eco-friendly home are due to my own expertise... but that wouldn't be true! I've built many homes of this type, and three requirements come to mind.

Effective Radiant Heating with Solar Panels

Effective Radiant Heating with Solar Panels

In their infancy, solar panels and radiant heating systems were great concepts waiting for a marriage of the two. Their respective technologies were efficient enough but consumer costs were prohibitive. Today, demand for both has created vast efficiency improvements by...

Visions Guide Planning, Construction Process Follows

Visions Guide Planning, Construction Process Follows

Before my wife and I started building our own eco-friendly home we knew what we wanted it to feel like to live in. Our vision guided the planning process and affected every decision along the way.

ICFs Deliver a Good Foundation

ICFs Deliver a Good Foundation

If you'd like to build an energy-efficient home, start with a good foundation -- an ICF foundation.

See the Story Behind EWS and Our Passion for Clean Water

See the Story Behind EWS and Our Passion for Clean Water

Everyone wants to drink healthy water in their homes. But it's not always easy to know the best way to provide it for your family.

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