I’ve often talked about planning ahead as we’ve been building our eco-friendly home in Connecticut. Planning isn’t all looking at the future, though.
Gabbing with Kellye Markowski with Energy Smart Homes - a residential and commercial energy audit provider and project management.
In many climate zones, cold weather can delay construction with concrete. When the temperature drops, it's often best to delay a pour. But insulated concrete forms solve most if not all the problems of cold weather construction.
Does your bathroom have mold growth around the shower, cabinets, and fixtures? Does your bathroom have stale air, excessive odors, or a musty smell? Common problems like these may be affecting your bathroom without you even realizing. Here are the facts about these issues and how to fix them before they start harming your indoor air quality.
Our eco-friendly home project is a balance using building practices and materials that maximize energy efficiency without sacrificing comfort.
Recycling is a first step or gateway to greener living and often the first action that leads to others. As recycling has become more a part of our daily habits, we can now ask “What next?”
When our foundation was being poured I was already talking to people about how I could save energy and money using new framing techniques and materials.
Using resources – materials and products - wisely is a key practice of green building and includes practices ranging from optimizing use of resources to choosing durable materials that will stand the test of time and offer lower maintenance.
Building or finding your dream home is a goal for many of us. For me it is building or renovating the green home of my dreams. So, it is important to understand not only how to pay for our dream home, yet also how to plan for it.
ACT, Inc. has developed a one-hour online free course through a Green CE Continuing Education Program.
Mold, pet dander, viruses, bacteria, dust mites, and pollen are all common indoor air pollutants. Many of these are also common asthma and allergy triggers. Adequate ventilation and filtration of incoming air are essential in mitigating exposure.
I knew I was in for a treat when I signed up for a weekend in Western Massachusetts.
All of us want to breathe well in our homes. Yet often, the indoor air quality or the indoor environment, may not be allowing us to breathe as well as we want. There are immediate actions all of us can take to breathe well in our homes.
Gabbing about lighting and how it is brilliant – both in beauty and practicality.
Sometimes people simply fall in love with a floor plan or a home design. They can see themselves living and loving, turning a house plan into their own family refuge. An insulated concrete form home can make that refuge safer, more comfortable and more energy efficient than your standard stick built home
A basic understanding of the energy efficient practices and features in a home and the anatomy of a typical green home provides a starting place for understanding the terminology used when building an energy efficient home.
To educate anyone involved in the building design or construction industry about the importance of indoor air quality and ways to improve it using balanced ventilation systems, Zehnder America is offering an online continuing education course through AEC Daily.
Homeowners should be very careful before choosing a heating and cooling contractor for their home. There are huge differences in quality and professionalism throughout the industry. The "best" contractors will typically be members of one or more professional contractor associations.
We get homeowners and builders asking whether insulated concrete forms are a good choice for their home. The short answer is almost always, "Yes!" People typically think of ICFs for colder climates, where the value of insulation is understood. But the same principles of insulation and air sealing hold true in warmer climates, too.
Habitat for Humanity helps many people have a home of their own. Gabbing with Michelle Woods with Habitat for Humanity- St. Charles.