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Norbord Launches Onsite App to Educate and Inform Builders, Framers and Home Building Industry

Norbord, an international producer of wood-based panels, has just launched a free, user-friendly, in-field, educational app – Onsite - providing builders, framers and do-it-yourselfers with 21st century tips on how to best manage OSB products from storage through proper installation.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Norbord, Inc.




Residential Roofing Strategies Guide: A Comparison of Roofing Approaches for High-Performance Residential Construction

According to Energy Star, heating and cooling costs the average homeowner more than $1,000 per year, or about half the home's total energy bill. Investing in roofing that can lower those costs can pay off in lower utility bills and...

Type: Guide

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Measuring a Home's Efficiency: Case Studies Show Sealing the Building Envelope is Key to Success

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index rating has become for homes what the MPG rating has been for the auto industry in the past few decades. The HERS Index measures a home’s energy efficiency – including heating, cooling and...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Rhino Linings


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Effective Path to Passive House Standards

One of the key components of the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) standards is a tight building envelope. There are many paths to achieve the standard, confirmed with a blower door test to measure the air changes per hour that a home can acheive.

Utilizing Raised-Heel Trusses will Improve HERS Rating

We already know that raised-heel trusses save you time. But raised-heel trusses can also save you material and money.

Building Resilient Homes

With severe weather events on the rise, it makes sense to make sure your home is prepared for the worst that Mother Nature has to throw at it.

Ply Gem Supports Habitat for Humanity to Build Homes Across America

Homebuilders in more than 70 communities across the U.S. will volunteer to help build, rehab or repair more than 200 homes as part of the initiative.

The Importance of Attic Ventilation

While it may seem counterintuitive to insulate an attic for warmth and then install vents that allow outside air in, ventilating your attic is key to reducing moisture, avoiding mold and preventing the formation of ice dams.

Follow Proper Nailing Patterns on Roofing to Prevent Callbacks

When the sun is at a particular angle, you can see the outline of the OSB panels on my roof. This causes a ‘windowpane’ effect. Why is this happening and what can I do to prevent it?

Ply Gem Announces HGTV Smart Home 2017 Sponsorship

The luxury home located in Scottsdale, Arizona, will spotlight Simonton’s quality windows products.

Green Home Remodeling Still a Good Investment

Even without tax credits, there are still good investments to be made in remodeling a home to be more energy efficient.

2017 Shingle Color of the Year Reflects Home Color Trends

While a home’s roof typically represents 40% of the home’s exterior, homeowners often miss an opportunity to integrate the roof as part of a color-coordinated exterior.

New Ply Gem Architectural Toolbox Makes it Easier to Create Tailor-Made Designs

The concept of ‘live-work-play’ mixed-use developments is on the rise, with increased demand for walkable urban neighborhoods.

Windows, Siding and Roofing Designs Available in Bold Hues

Bold is beautiful when it comes to the exterior color palette of a home, and some new exterior products emphasize bright bold hues.

Which Home Remodeling Projects Pay Off?

Depending on the project, the average payback nationwide for remodeling projects ranges from as high as 107.7% to as low as 53.9%, depending on the type of project.

A Look Back: Top 10 2016 Green Home Features

From an innovative use of waste products from door manufacturing to new applications for radiant heating, green home inspiration was a major theme for 2016.

Ply Gem Engineered Cedar Shake Roofing Selected as 2016 Architectural Record Product of the Year [Video]

Ply Gem Roofing Engineered Cedar Shake, which launched in early 2016, is a superior new product in the composite roofing category.

Ply Gem, Darius Rucker Team Up for Habitat For Humanity

The Ply Gem Home for Good project is a multi-year initiative that includes a donation of over $1 million of exterior building products and funds for Habitat for Humanity.

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