Sustainable siding offers durable options for exterior style and durability

Sustainable siding offers durable options for exterior style and durability

Fiber cement siding has been recognized as a sustainable building product in a survey of green building professionals.

Installer-friendly ICFs are strong and cut down on waste and labor time

Installer-friendly ICFs are strong and cut down on waste and labor time

As insulated concrete forms gain ground in the residential marketplace, contractors and installers are learning about the benefits of this building system.

New home plans position ICF for affordable, efficient, storm resistant housing

New home plans position ICF for affordable, efficient, storm resistant housing

Four insulated concrete form houses in a low-income housing project in Louisville are among the first built with home plans for affordable housing that could be game changer for residential construction.

Engineered slate roof offers performance and sustainable production

Engineered slate roof offers performance and sustainable production

With a spike in consumer awareness about green construction materials, using engineered roofing and accessories made from recycled materials can set up a builder for success.

New exterior products inspire and educate homeowners

New exterior products inspire and educate homeowners

When it comes to improving the outside of the home, personalizing with color and design tops the charts on buyers’ most-wanted lists.

Air sealing is easier with upgraded spray sealant

Air sealing is easier with upgraded spray sealant

While green building has long emphasized insulation, recent research by Building Science Corporation showed that air sealing is at least as important as the R-value of the insulation in a building envelope.

Foam window bucks deliver ICF construction for the whole wall

Foam window bucks deliver ICF construction for the whole wall

An ICF building project that uses traditional lumber for door and window openings won't deliver all the benefits that it could.

Innovative clips ensure ICF wall integrity

Innovative clips ensure ICF wall integrity

One of the keys to a successful insulated concrete form project is to end up with straight and true walls, and one manufacturer has addressed that problem.

Prepare for bad weather with a concrete form storm shelter kit

Prepare for bad weather with a concrete form storm shelter kit

With severe storms becoming more common in many parts of the country, an easy-to-build concrete form storm shelter can provide peace of mind - and safety.

Sliding doors blend indoor and outdoor living without compromise

Sliding doors blend indoor and outdoor living without compromise

Homeowners want to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living, but large sliding doors have not always been the most energy-efficient option.

Residential housing market gains driving HVAC market growth

Residential housing market gains driving HVAC market growth

The economic downturn has changed the nature of residential building and the market for residential and commercial HVAC systems.

Insulated house wrap tackles continuous insulation requirements

Insulated house wrap tackles continuous insulation requirements

Continuous insulation and tougher wall insulation requirements are part of the new building codes, and building professionals are looking for ways to meet the challenge.

Fiberglass windows deliver energy savings for Proud Green Home of St Louis

Fiberglass windows deliver energy savings for Proud Green Home of St Louis

As part of the building strategy to a tight building envelope, high performance windows play a key role in the Proud Green Home of St. Louis.

Sustainable timber product used to create carbon negative window frames

Sustainable timber product used to create carbon negative window frames

Made with Accsys Technologies’ proprietary acetylation process, Accoya wood has Class 1 durability, is guaranteed for 25 years and has dimensional stability that sees swelling and shrinkage reduced by 75%.

Innovative brick uses recycled material and much less energy in manufacturing process

Innovative brick uses recycled material and much less energy in manufacturing process

For building professionals concerned about embedded carbon in building products like brick and concrete, there are green alternatives that provide the same performance.

Energy efficient window uses recycled wood material as alternative to vinyl

Energy efficient window uses recycled wood material as alternative to vinyl

Windows are a big part of a home's performance, but the materials they're made of matter, too.

Flexible flashing tape stops moisture and air loss

Flexible flashing tape stops moisture and air loss

For builders looking for a way to keep water from entering a home the new flexible flashing tape can seal problem areas.

Gypsum manufacturer uses excess heat from electrical plant to fire kilns

Gypsum manufacturer uses excess heat from electrical plant to fire kilns

For building professionals concerned about embedded carbon footprint, gypsum board made at the mine site could be an answer.

Engineered wood subfloor supports the Proud Green Home of St Louis

Engineered wood subfloor supports the Proud Green Home of St Louis

A durable home starts from the bottom up, and engineered wood flooring panels help create a home that can weather the perils of construction. Fortunately, the Proud Green Home of St. Louis was in the framing stages during the summer months so it didn't have to suffer through winter.

Floor protection ensures indoor air quality for the Proud Green Home of St Louis

Floor protection ensures indoor air quality for the Proud Green Home of St Louis

Because indoor air quality is one of the top goals of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis, the builder used a polyethylene wrap to protect the subfloor during construction.

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