For a fee, this Florida-based green building franchise offers to help remodelers go green with a strong brand and business coaching.
CARL SEVILLE: It takes only a bit of extra effort to create a truly sustainable remodel. And that effort is worth it, both in terms of client satisfaction and the benefit to the environment.
Just because one state seems like paradise (*cough* Hawaii *cough*), that doesn't mean it couldn't stand to benefit from energy efficiency initiatives. Here's a ranking of the most energy-efficient states. Where does yours rank?
"When you go for energy efficiency, improving indoor air quality must be on your list," writes building science expert Allison Bailes. Yet, according to data from a recent American Institute of Architects survey, there is a big discrepancy between the two desires.
American homeowners say they value snug homes and put a priority on upgrading their houses. So why do their actions show otherwise?
Despite putting great effort into reducing the amount of volatile organic compounds—VOCs—in their products, adhesive and coating manufacturers are still facing an emerging national standard on VOC content that could hold them to the strictest of standards.
Kathy Shertzer blogs about sick building syndrome and the need for remodelers to educate themselves and their clients about VOCs.
Just like air, hot water rises while cooler water sinks. This storage tank uses hot water at the top for space heating purposes, and cooler water at the bottom for other purposes.
Every year the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon inspires fresh thinking in solar design. Of the 20 projects entered in this year's competition, take a look at these four designs to see a good cross section of the wide variety of approaches taken.
While the glazing in a new window may make up the majority of the product's energy efficiency, the framing can also be a contributor to heat transfer. By combining the right glass with the correct framing material you can give customers the highest energy-efficient window unit possible.
The Greenbuild expo covers a lot of ground. For remodelers, some of the more important topics involved energy rating labels and the notion that manufacturers should reveal more about what’s in the goods they sell.
The author and developer of a range of books and tools for HERS raters, now offers a self-paced online course for HERS rater exam prep
The solutions to homeowners’ conundrums are not always simple. But hiring a home performance specialist can not only solve these complex problems, it can prevent them from occurring altogether. Stacey Freed explains who to call, where to find that person, and what bringing one on board will do to your project’s bottom line.
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