Homeowners Ronda and Nigel Farrar knew they wanted to build a high-performance green home that would showcase the best in building science. Their vision was a home that would respect its surroundings near Escondido, California, and serve as a model for green design. They achieved this dream of a Net-Zero energy design using a metal roof.
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.
When metal roofing was in its infancy its purpose was function. Image? Not so much. But todays metal roofing not only has improved function with great advances in energy efficiency, it has made extensive strides in curb appeal with many...
On projects for Sapphire Homes in Gulfport, MS, general contractor John Price has to deal with a lot of rain. Rain is an almost daily reality on build sites in the coastal city, and that can spell trouble for roofs. Price relies on roof deck products that help achieve quick rough dry-in and ensure long-term durability under potential storm threats.
An interview with Carl Seville of SKCollaborative, a green home rater and experienced green building trainer and consultant about his perspective on the importance of continuous insulation and managing moisture in the walls of high performance homes.
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.
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.