Infographic: Budgeting for home window replacement

Infographic: Budgeting for home window replacement

Windows play pivotal roles in the look and, perhaps more importantly, the efficiency of a home. When it comes to replacing those windows, the task isn’t always simple – or inexpensive. You want windows that not only provide great views,...

Precast concrete walls provide efficiency, durability to N.C. home

Precast concrete walls provide efficiency, durability to N.C. home

After living for three decades in New England, Cindy Moore decided her “last move” would be to western North Carolina and into an Irish farmhouse she designed. To help ensure structural efficiency and durability, those plans included erecting walls made...

3D-printed efficient homes could be 'milestone' in face of labor shortage

3D-printed efficient homes could be 'milestone' in face of labor shortage

Five houses of varying sizes going up in Netherlands

Michigan students getting lesson in sustainable home building

Michigan students getting lesson in sustainable home building

A group of University of Michigan students – and some prospective green builders – are erecting a sustainable home on the campus. The students are crafting the structure from straw bales and layers of adobe as part of a green...

Charred timber cladding, green roof connect Victorian-era home to nature

Charred timber cladding, green roof connect Victorian-era home to nature

To embrace indoor and outdoor living, a new Victorian-era house in London has been outfitted with a new extension wrapped in Shou Sugi Ban cladding. Designed by Neil Dusheiko Architects, Black Ridge House provides a modern contrast to the original...

3 best practices for constructing ICF buildings

3 best practices for constructing ICF buildings

Many companies and private residents are looking for more durable, storm-ready construction.

Concrete home uses mesh walls to connect with nature

Concrete home uses mesh walls to connect with nature

A concrete home on Japan’s Okinawa Island uses concrete to protect against and capitalize on nature. Using a passive design, Ma of Wind by Japanese firm Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects attempts to bring outdoor elements into the interior as much as...

Reflective technology designed to increase siding resilience

Ply Gem, a leading North American building products manufacturer, has unveiled new technology designed to boost siding performance. SolarDefense reflective technology is available on select vinyl siding lines from Mastic by Ply Gem, according to a release. SolarDefense provides protection...

Interest in metal roofing rises in hurricane-prone areas

Interest in metal roofing rises in hurricane-prone areas

After a destructive hurricane season last year, homeowners throughout much of the southern United States are looking to better protect their homes as another season looms. They’re increasingly turning to durable materials, such as metal roofing. According to Metal Roofing...

Remodels should focus on form, function

Remodels should focus on form, function

Spring has sprung, and as temperatures rise across the country, so does interest among homeowners for sprucing up around the house and remodeling. Spending on home improvements is expected to grow nearly 5 percent in 2018, according to the National...

Federal funding to support home energy improvement research

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to invest up to $11.5 million to support early-stage research and validation of energy performance improvements in existing and new residential buildings. With more than 118 million single-family, multifamily and mobile homes across the...

Green-roofed Argentinian home boasts thermally efficient envelope

Green-roofed Argentinian home boasts thermally efficient envelope

A new South American home with thermal efficiency at its core has the feel as if it grew out of the landscape. Standing in a clearing in Tortuguitas, Argentina, the timber-clad AA House crafted by Buenos Aires-based IR arquitectura embraces...

3 ways to improve mobile home energy efficiency

3 ways to improve mobile home energy efficiency

Despite being a cost-effective housing option, mobile homes aren’t known for their energy efficiency. Design issues can result in high utility costs. In fact, utilities can cost up to 50 percent more in a mobile home as compared to a site-built home of similar age and size, according to statistics from the U.S.

Free wall builder tool gives professionals the power to design

Free wall builder tool gives professionals the power to design

The tool was inspired by similar virtual tools, like the car builders seen on many automakers’ websites.

How Can I Protect My Home Against The Elements?

How Can I Protect My Home Against The Elements?

A single additional layer of protective coating on your home’s exterior can have a profound effect on its ability to withstand the weather.

Precast concrete panels solidify new 'castle' apartments

Precast concrete panels solidify new 'castle' apartments

Castles dot the landscape across Europe. A new castle taking shape in Pennsylvania soon will be a symbol of sustainable building practices and home to 522 apartments. With more than 1.2 million square feet of space, Grand Castle is slated to open this spring.

Study: Sealing ducts in conditioned space saves energy, reduces leakage

Study: Sealing ducts in conditioned space saves energy, reduces leakage

A new study indicates that leaks in ductwork in conditioned spaces can have a significant impact on energy savings. The study, conducted by Comfort Institute in combination with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (GCEA), showed that the amount of conditioned...

Look-Alike Metal Roofing Products Can Fool the Discerning Eye

Metal roofing “fakes” look so good, it can be hard for homeowners to tell the difference between metal options and the originals.

Wood-burning Furnace Meets 2020 EPA Standards

Wood-burning Furnace Meets 2020 EPA Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency Phase 2 emissions standard requires wood furnaces to reduce emissions 84 percent reduction from the emission standard that was effective as of 2015.

Manufacturer Jobsite Training Mitigates Risk

Manufacturer Jobsite Training Mitigates Risk

Courses are delivered both on jobsites to framing crews and to consultants and project managers at their local offices.

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