A Cool Metal Roof Helps Homeowners Realize Their Green Home Dream

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.

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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.

Metal Roofing Combines Impressive Curb Appeal with High Energy Efficiency

When metal roofing was in its infancy its purpose was function. Image? Not so much. But today’s metal roofing not only has improved function with great advances in energy efficiency, it has made extensive strides in curb appeal with many...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Classic Metal Roofing Systems

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New Colonial Home Wins Brick Architecture Award

Although appearing somewhat monumental when first encountered, the residence is actually of a quite intimate scale.

Here's How the Tesla Solar Roof Works

Two main factors have prevented solar roofs from becoming as mainstream as they ought to be.

New DIY Tool Changes the Way Homeowners Go Solar

The solar tool gives users a clear idea of what the home will look like with the panels installed.

EEBA takes summit to new level

Annual event revamped with stronger focus on high-performance building

Next Generation Roof Decks Help Fortify Homes Against Storms

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.

Q&A with Green Builder Carl Seville

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.

First Net Zero Energy Apartments Go Live in Los Angeles

It is the first project in Los Angeles where people can rent "eco-green" units.

Restored 1800s Dairy Barn Celebrates Timeless Style

Built a decade ago, the house sits ethereally on the edge of pond at the base of the Tetons.

How to Flash Windows to Avoid Leaks

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

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?

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