Moving to High Performance Home Building is Worth the Learning Curve

Moving to High Performance Home Building is Worth the Learning Curve

As home energy codes drive performance, builders will have to find ways to build homes that meet those codes.

ICFs Turning Up in Award Winning Homes

ICFs Turning Up in Award Winning Homes

For builders looking for ways to create high-performance homes efficiently, insulated concrete forms may be the answer. As the name implies, ICFs are EPS foam forms filled with concrete to form walls and foundations for home residential and commercial buildings....

High-performance products make builders' lives easier

High-performance products make builders' lives easier

Huber uses collaboration to increase relevancy in industry

Builder Steps Up for Zero Energy Ready Subdivision

Builder Steps Up for Zero Energy Ready Subdivision

The homes are pre-wired for solar so buyers can opt to go fully net-zero energy.

New Wall Assembly Uses Traditional Methods to Meet New Codes

New Wall Assembly Uses Traditional Methods to Meet New Codes

There are many paths to creating an energy-efficient all assembly, and a new approach that relies on traditional techniques is gaining ground. The Extended Plate and Beam Wall offers a way to incorporate continuous insulation on the exterior of the home using standard wood framing.

Insulated Wall Panel Eliminates Common Wall Assembly Components

Insulated Wall Panel Eliminates Common Wall Assembly Components

Technology offers a cost-effective alternative to site-built framing.

Magnets Could Power Future Refrigerators

Magnets Could Power Future Refrigerators

For the past 100 years, the way your fridge preserved your food has been rooted in technology dating back to the mid-1800s, but that is about to change.

High performance sheathing solves air sealing challenges

High performance sheathing solves air sealing challenges

ZIP System sheathing helps this home beat Passive House standards.

Spray foam industry focuses on training and quality

Spray foam industry focuses on training and quality

The spray foam industry is focusing on training and quality of installation as the industry grows.

Spray foam maker tackling environmental challenges

Spray foam maker tackling environmental challenges

Spray foam manufacturers are improving the environmental impact that was a part of the application process.

Net zero pod home uses spray foam insulation for the thermal envelope

Net zero pod home uses spray foam insulation for the thermal envelope

Boatbuilder and architect crafts unique wooden net-zero home.

Continuous wall insulation fights off moisture and energy loss

Continuous wall insulation fights off moisture and energy loss

By including continuous exterior insulation in a wall assembly, builders can deliver a better performing home.

Test homes reveal the secrets of high performance construction

Test homes reveal the secrets of high performance construction

12 test homes are revealing some of the secrets behind the best wall systems.

Wall assembly designed to boost insulation using traditional techniques

Wall assembly designed to boost insulation using traditional techniques

The Extended Plate and Beam design features innovative framing techniques, exterior rigid foam and weatherization products.

New wall assembly cuts building costs and boosts energy efficiency

New wall assembly cuts building costs and boosts energy efficiency

As building codes come to emphasize insulation and air sealing, home builders are looking for affordable wall systems.

Net zero energy demonstration house moving to net zero water operation

Net zero energy demonstration house moving to net zero water operation

While net zero energy for homes has been growing in popularity, net zero water use is the next frontier for high performance homes.

Spice up interior design and comfort with sustainable cork products

Spice up interior design and comfort with sustainable cork products

Cork left over from the wine bottling process is re-used for cork wall coverings that deliver acoustic and energy-efficiency benefits.

Closed cell spray foam delivers continuous insulation to meet building codes

Closed cell spray foam delivers continuous insulation to meet building codes

As building codes come to adopt exterior continuous insulation requirements, new options with familiar products are entering the marketplace.

Insulated sheathing fights thermal bridging in the building envelope

Insulated sheathing fights thermal bridging in the building envelope

As building codes incorporate continuous insulation, homebuilders are looking for techniques that won't add labor costs.

Spray foam has built-in ignition barrier to save installation time

Spray foam has built-in ignition barrier to save installation time

Spray foam insulation helps homebuilders tackle tough installation challenges and deliver better energy efficiency.

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