A Balanced Approach to Eco-Friendly Construction

A Balanced Approach to Eco-Friendly Construction

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.

Green Gab Podcast | The Home Detective – Finding How to Get a Home to Perform Well

Green Gab Podcast | The Home Detective – Finding How to Get a Home to Perform Well

Gabbing with Kellye Markowski with Energy Smart Homes - a residential and commercial energy audit provider and project management.

Cold Weather Construction with ICFs

Cold Weather Construction with ICFs

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.

Benefits of a Continuously Ventilated Bathroom

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.

Balance, Learning, and Clarity Yield Results

Balance, Learning, and Clarity Yield Results

Our eco-friendly home project is a balance using building practices and materials that maximize energy efficiency without sacrificing comfort.

Green Gab Podcast | The 3rd R – Recycling

Green Gab Podcast | The 3rd R – Recycling

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?”

Collaboration, Planning, and Professionals

Collaboration, Planning, and Professionals

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.

Green Gab Podcast | The Stuff our Homes Are Made of – Resources and Materials

Green Gab Podcast | The Stuff our Homes Are Made of – Resources 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.

Green Gab Podcast | Dreaming Your Home – How to Dream It, Plan It and Pay for It

Green Gab Podcast | Dreaming Your Home – How to Dream It, Plan It and Pay for It

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.

Understanding Structured Plumbing®

Understanding Structured Plumbing®

ACT, Inc. has developed a one-hour online free course through a Green CE Continuing Education Program.

Common Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

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.

Two Green Thumbs Up For Massachusetts

Two Green Thumbs Up For Massachusetts

I knew I was in for a treat when I signed up for a weekend in Western Massachusetts.

Green Gab Podcast | Breathe Well – A Conversation About the Air You Breathe in Your Home

Green Gab Podcast | Breathe Well – A Conversation About the Air You Breathe in Your Home

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.

Green Gab Podcast | Energy Independence with Brilliance

Green Gab Podcast | Energy Independence with Brilliance

Gabbing about lighting and how it is brilliant – both in beauty and practicality.

Are There Home Plans for ICF Houses?

Are There Home Plans for ICF Houses?

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

Green Gab Podcast | Zip the Coat for Your Home - Energy Efficiency Basics

Green Gab Podcast | Zip the Coat for Your Home - Energy Efficiency Basics

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.

New Online Course Teaches How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

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 Beware When Choosing a Heating and Cooling Contractor

Homeowners Beware When Choosing a Heating and Cooling Contractor

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.

Is an ICF Home the Right Choice for My Climate Zone?

Is an ICF Home the Right Choice for My Climate Zone?

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.

Green Gab Podcast | Affordable Does Not Mean Cheap

Green Gab Podcast | Affordable Does Not Mean Cheap

Habitat for Humanity helps many people have a home of their own.  Gabbing with Michelle Woods with Habitat for Humanity- St. Charles.

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