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Creating a Building Envelope That Beats Code

In order to build a high performance home, builders need to embrace new technologies and techniques. The results can be greatly improved over traditional approaches. This white paper takes a look at some of the top things homebuilders should consider in choosing a wall system for the best building envelope.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks





High Performance Homes, No More Cost

This Best Practices document will provide many new real-world strategies and approaches to building a better high performance home without additional cost.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: EEBA


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ICFs Chosen for Luxury Beach House

The architects were given a brief to create a large residence with discrete bedroom and living circulation.

Minnesota Net Zero Home Relies on Geothermal for Comfortable Living (Video)

Because the goals for the house focused on reducing electrical usage, the Hansons call the project "Ohm Sweet Ohm."

Colorado Production Builder Builds Two LEED Silver Single Family Homes

There are very few single-family homes that currently obtain a LEED v4 certification.

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.

ICFs Build Resilient Custom Home

Insulated concrete forms provided a reinforced concrete structure with stay-in-place insulation to achieve a very strong structural quality and an insulating envelope in one process.

New Resources for Modular Building Code Compliance

Off-site construction can provide real solutions to many challenges facing the construction industry today.

First Zero Energy Home in Detroit Under Construction

Phoenix Haus advertises the system as saving owners 90 percent on utilities over the home's lifetime.

Watch out Passive House and Net Zero, Active House is on the Scene (Video)

The goal is to create healthier and more comfortable living spaces without negatively impacting the environment or the climate.

Solar Screens Beautify Homes as Well as Save Energy (Video)

The new screen utilizes custom printed graphics and gives the visual appearance of Plantation Shutters from the outside,

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.

Trendy Black Finish Redefines Window Style

Many homeowners today seek to coordinate finishes and hardware in matching colors to create a streamlined look in kitchens, baths and throughout the home.

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.

Affordable Passive House Model Uses Prefab Insulated Walls

Providing housing quickly, cost-effectively and sustainably is a global challenge.

1st Certified Passive House PLUS to Start Construction in Vancouver

The two story residence uses up to 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling than a code-built home.

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.

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