High-performance, super-energy efficient homes are becoming more and more popular throughout North America. As demand from your customers grows, is your team equipped to meet the challenge?
For more than 30 years I've enjoyed keeping up with residential building trends and innovative materials and practices. Plumbing is obviously a major system, and you might be surprised at the variety of eco-friendly options available.
Earth Day is an annual reminder how our environment can be improved by collectively doing things to reduce pollution. Here are a few easy things to consider.
There are many paths to reach a high performance home, and I want to take a look at two wall systems that are gaining in popularity.
The sunsets in Oklahoma City are breath-taking and I’d forgotten how beautiful they are. The climate and the flat landscape are likely some of the reasons. Whatever the reasons, it is a lovely gift of being in a new place and it brings a smile to my heart each time.
We live in a colder region, so teaming up with my architect, the building inspector and others on details ordinary construction techniques miss was important.
Which do you think costs more: constructing a building or operating it? For both residential and commercial construction, the answer is operating the building. Research shows the larger environmental impacts in a life cycle assessment (LCA) are from the production...
Posted by Sarah Lozanova Did you know that many of the indoor air quality issues in a home originate in the crawl space or basement? Unfortunately, basement air is frequently the most compromised air in the house, and contaminants commonly...
"Eco-friendly" simply means a home's design minimizes environmental impacts. Designs differ, such as whether materials are chosen based on how they're sourced or produced, and how they impact the home's carbon footprint. For our new home my wife and I looked for a balance between sustainability and a comfortable living space.
Oftentimes, radiant heating systems are installed with new construction or when replacing carpeting and other flooring material, or during a remodeling project. The thin, 1.2 mm, STEP Warmfloor heating membrane that utilizes low voltage energy, can be cut and easily...
The 2017 theme for World Water Day is ‘Wastewater’. The Bio-Microbics team created a video of people saying “Better Water.
Studies have linked worker productivity, mood, and cognitive function to indoor air quality, but ventilation solutions exist for healthier indoor air.
Kentucky is leading the nation in the construction of energy-saving public schools and insulated concrete form construction has been a big part of that push. Fox Blocks ICFs were used in the award-winning Glasgow High School that opened in 2012, and now the Kingsolver-Pierce Elementary School, at Ft.
I'd like to claim that successes I've had while designing and building our new eco-friendly home are due to my own expertise... but that wouldn't be true! I've built many homes of this type, and three requirements come to mind.
In their infancy, solar panels and radiant heating systems were great concepts waiting for a marriage of the two. Their respective technologies were efficient enough but consumer costs were prohibitive. Today, demand for both has created vast efficiency improvements by...
Before my wife and I started building our own eco-friendly home we knew what we wanted it to feel like to live in. Our vision guided the planning process and affected every decision along the way.
If you'd like to build an energy-efficient home, start with a good foundation -- an ICF foundation.
Everyone wants to drink healthy water in their homes. But it's not always easy to know the best way to provide it for your family.
I’ve often talked about planning ahead as we’ve been building our eco-friendly home in Connecticut. Planning isn’t all looking at the future, though.
Gabbing with Kellye Markowski with Energy Smart Homes - a residential and commercial energy audit provider and project management.