Doug's 40+ years in the forest products industry has provide a broad understanding of multiple aspects of the industry. He spent 7 years in national builder sales and industrial sales before joining Norbord Building Materials in 1980. His 7 years in Pro Dealers sales led to 8 years as branch manager in several distribution centers across the country, 1 year as National Account manager, and 2 years as operations manager before moving to Norbord Inc as Export OSB Sales Manager.
Providing quotes and estimates for clients is one of the most difficult construction jobs. Quote too much and you may price yourself out of the running, but quote too little and both you and your client will be unhappy.
While home builders are interested in green features, they may be unsure of those that give them the most bang for their energy-saving buck. If you are selling homes with energy-saving features that buyers don’t understand, you are missing a valuable opportunity.
OSB panels provide an excellent base for many types of finished flooring including ceramic tiles. Careful attention must be paid to the construction and preparation of the subfloor in order to avoid costly callbacks.
As energy codes become more stringent and homeowners demand higher performing homes, designers are looking at innovative ways to improve the efficacy of their building envelopes. Insulated headers can really help to improve the R-value and provide wall cavity space for insulation.
A lighting manufacturer recently took to the streets to ask homeowners what they really wanted.
Taking steps to properly maintain your home during the winter months will mean saving money on things like burst pipes and damaged roofs. Regular winter maintenance will also mean a more comfortable home and lower heating bills. Here are the eight most important winter maintenance tips.
Lighting manufacturer, Legrand, took to the streets to ask homeowners what they really wanted. The June poll was conducted by Harris Poll and surveyed 1,563 homeowners. What they found was that homeowners wanted energy efficiency, safety and smart technology in their lighting systems.
As the weather cools, you may notice that your windows ‘sweat’ whenever the temperature drops below 40 degrees F. Water condenses on the window and runs down to wet the frames and sills.
Housewrap should be an integral part of your home’s envelope—repelling water from outside and allowing water vapor from inside to escape. This only works if it’s properly installed and when it isn’t, it can cause serious damage to the home.
Programmable thermostats do have the potential to save the homeowner money, but they can also cost more. The secret to success is the way in which you use them.
As building codes and eco-savvy customers demand more energy efficiency from their homes, it has fallen to the construction professionals to create an effective building envelope. In this task, the blower door test plays a vital role in helping builders to find the gaps in the building envelope and seal them.
Knowing the climate zone your residential build will take place in will influence many of the decisions you will make as to construction methods and building materials.
Unventilated attics can help to mitigate energy loss through leaky ducts or ceiling fittings. The energy savings touted by unvented attics can be as high as 20%. However, if moisture is able to enter the unvented attic space, it may lead to roofing panel issues.
Moisture can cause many structural problems and create a very unhealthy home for your family when mold and mildew begin to form. Building a home that deals effectively with moisture requires due diligence from design to installation and on to maintenance.
What happens if I compress fiberglass batt insulation? It’s sometimes difficult to prevent during installation, especially around junction boxes
Knowing what R-value and U-values mean is key to following energy issues and to selecting products that best suit the climate zone you are building in.
Building envelopes that perform poorly reduce energy efficiency, increase ROI times, and increase carbon footprints and utility bills. A blower door test can help to establish the airtightness of small to medium buildings, measure the flow of air between different areas in a building and test the ductwork.
Your time is money, so knowing where to focus your air-sealing efforts will help you to achieve the desired results in a blower door test.
Clogged spray nozzles shouldn’t mean you throw out the can; this creates waste and costs more. There are a number of quick fix solutions you can try to get your nozzles back in action in no time at all.
When you combine advanced framing techniques with fiberglass batt insulation, you can get better thermal performance that saves you money. Here are some tips to getting the most out of your insulation.