Matt Dobson of the Vinyl Siding Institute joins the Green Gab today. Matt and Matt work together on the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) subcommittee on Sustainability and Green Building which Matt recently chaired.
There’s always a trade-off to doing drywall during the wintertime. I want to be able to finish off the taping process quickly, but it needs to be warm enough inside my house for the installation to go smoothly.
Today commercial buildings use between 33-50% of all AC electricity produced and distributed by public utilities in the United States. These same buildings also use a majority of digital electronic devices that are inherently DC powered.
During these unpredictable winter months, consumers can run some of their highest energy bills. A Tiny House – designed and built by Zack Giffin, co-host of Tiny House Nation – used innovative plastic materials and multi-purpose décor to offer a...
Many schools are looking to close the achievement gap and foster learning among all students. Although processed foods, socio-economic conditions, ADHD, and learning disabilities are common culprits, environmental factors are often overlooked. Is indoor air quality a missing ingredient in promoting learning?
VRFs have been the system of choice in Europe, Japan, China and other parts of the world for quite some time.
There's no better way for me to kick off this new year than with a home that's getting to be almost ready to move into.
A new home could offer flexibility and foresight into multi-generational living for little to no extra cost.
Looking not-so-far-back a couple of generations when indoor toilets were replacing outhouses, we see quite a quantum leap in technological advances for our home comforts. Electric, tankless water heaters now provide endless hot water on demand without the 24/7/365 waste of energy used by the dinosaur tank heaters found in our basements.
Many wood-burning appliances do not use wood efficiently and aren’t well suited for a high-performance house. When Chip Wick was envisioning his new home in Northport, Maine, he was inspired by using solar energy and locally-grown wood for power and heat.
Domaine de la Cressonnière in Pignans, France enlisted the consistent, self-regulating heat provided by STEP Heater to heat individual vats of wine by wrapping them with the thin, strong and flexible Nano Polycarbon membrane.
As far as winters go, we’ve been pretty lucky over these past several years with fewer snowstorms and milder temperatures overall. But it looks like this winter could be a colder one, and I need to get the insulation on my new home buttoned up before the snow arrives.
Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is sweeping the commercial building industry. BIM is a 3-D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the tools to plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure more efficiently. Fox Blocks...
Electric, tankless water heaters have come a long way, providing endless hot water for all demands in your home and business.
Your HVAC system isn't necessarily something you spend time thinking about, yet that's the feature most people are dissatisfied with after they've settled into their home. It's important to find the right heating and cooling system, and that includes finding one you can afford.
An electric, tankless water heater is a wonderful booster to compliment your existing tank heater.
In addition to energy savings and quiet comfort, another reason to build insulated concrete forms is resistance to fire.
Before Lonnie C. of Loudonville, NY had a STEP Warmfloor radiant heating system installed in 2006 he researched it thoroughly.
The United States ranks eighth out of the world's top energy-consuming countries in efficiency. How can we make homes and buildings more energy-efficient? Combine a geothermal heating, cooling, and hot water system with a solar energy system.
Winter’s around the corner, and we’re on a race against the clock to get most or all of my siding system installed around the outside of the house.