Gary Parsons
Gary Parsons is the Lead Building Scientist in Dow Building Solutions Research and Development. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a licensed residential contractor in the state of Michigan, a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and a member of ASHRAE. wwwView Gary Parsons's profile on LinkedIn

InVision Zero Home proves energy efficiency is affordable

InVision Zero Home proves energy efficiency is affordable

The InVision Zero Home project is about “envisioning” net-zero homes "in” neighborhoods across around the country.

Revitalize Home serves as benchmark for retrofitting and energy efficiency

Revitalize Home serves as benchmark for retrofitting and energy efficiency

Dow Building Solutions and Cobblestone Homes constructed the Revitalize Home as a means for builders, contractors, remodelers and homeowners alike to better understand the opportunities for retrofitting homes for energy efficiency.

Plug gaps and holes to stop energy, money loss

Plug gaps and holes to stop energy, money loss

Unsealed cracks and crevices in a home can be detrimental to its efficiency and durability, adding to unnecessary energy expenses. That’s why plugging gaps and holes throughout the home is so important.

Building codes should push the (building) envelope

Building codes should push the (building) envelope

While building codes represent the lowest-level of requirements, builders and buyers alike should push for homes that go beyond the standard, experts say.

Introducing the low pressure foam that thinks it's high pressure

Introducing the low pressure foam that thinks it's high pressure

With the introduction of FROTH-PAK™ ULTRA Premium Foam Insulation, builders can get the same performance attributes as high-pressure foam in a low-pressure spray foam system, without the expense of a rig.

A checklist for keeping your home cool in the summer

A checklist for keeping your home cool in the summer

With summer and hotter temperatures upon us, a home’s attic is often a prime source for rising energy expenses during June, July and August as your HVAC system works to try to keep your home cool.

Five facts you should know about insulation and air sealing

Five facts you should know about insulation and air sealing

Insulation and air sealing play a key role in your home, helping keep them cool in summer and warm in winter. Here are five facts about both – and reasons why neither should be overlooked.

Insulation products help home achieve recognition from U.S. Department of Energy

Insulation products help home achieve recognition from U.S. Department of Energy

The combination of products from several companies focused on efficiency – Dow Building Solutions among them – has helped a Michigan builder earn a prestigious award.

Spray sealant creates a complete barrier against the elements

Spray sealant creates a complete barrier against the elements

The shell of a building is its protective shield, or armor, if you will. Sometimes, that armor develops chinks that can leave the interior vulnerable to air leaks and moisture.

Turning a home inside out may expose the benefits of insulation

Turning a home inside out may expose the benefits of insulation

American builders have long insulated homes by stuffing the walls with fiberglass or foam. In recent years, building science experts have debated the merits of turning the home inside out by placing a barrier of insulation on the exterior instead....

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The "art" of conditioned air

Conditioned air is critical in locations like art galleries, museums and other specialized buildings where the lack of elevated levels of humidity can wreak havoc on commodities inside. The concept of protecting valuables through building design is one building science...

Avoid unwanted surprises behind your walls

Avoid unwanted surprises behind your walls

If you’re like me, you likely watch a lot of reality home improvement shows. Have you noticed that during the renovation process homeowners are almost always confronted with nasty surprises behind their walls—rot, decay, mold, pests, no insulation, etc.? These...

Outperform the ordinary and discover an extraordinary home experience

Outperform the ordinary and discover an extraordinary home experience

If you’re planning to run a marathon, would you ask your athletic shoe salesperson to equip you with the most basic pair of sneakers they have? Would you be satisfied wearing shoes made without consideration for your comfort, support and...

Real-world tests provide peace of mind for homeowner investments

Real-world tests provide peace of mind for homeowner investments

When it comes to homebuilding, you’re not the only one who wants to be 100 percent sure that the systems and products you select are increasing your home’s comfort, durability, quality and value. Part of my job at Dow Building...

Homeowners cannot afford to NOT build high-performance homes

Homeowners cannot afford to NOT build high-performance homes

New home construction hit a three year high in March, with 153,000 new houses on the market.[1] If you’re in the process of or are thinking about building a new home, it is vital that you choose a builder who...

Move-in to long-term savings and comfort

Move-in to long-term savings and comfort

Data is showing that the residential real estate market is heating up as an increasing number of homebuyers enter the marketplace. In a fast paced market where properties are selling quickly (median time on the market for homes was 46...

DIY tips to keep your homes cool & pest-free this summer

DIY tips to keep your homes cool & pest-free this summer

As temperatures are starting to rise, now is the perfect time to “summer proof” your home. Just as important as winter-proofing, there are several straight forward DIY projects that will quickly provide a tangible return on investment and help keep...

Be green and save green all year long

Be green and save green all year long

Each year on April 22 the world pauses to recognize environmental protection as part of International Mother Earth Day. However, the principles of Earth Day shouldn’t be limited to one day. We can all take simple steps to help make...

How to take advantage of tax credits and improve your home

How to take advantage of tax credits and improve your home

With April 15th quickly approaching, the topic of deductions, credits and exemptions take center stage as homeowners prepare their 2013 tax returns with the hope of receiving a tax refund this year. As one tax year closes, another begins, making...

Enhancing energy efficiency from the ground up

Enhancing energy efficiency from the ground up

There's no doubt about it in the northern half of America, winter is here. Water freezes, the ground hardens, and homeowners' foundations will feel the effects.

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