Professional Builder offers its exclusive research on the current state of the green building market. Their conclusion – green building is here to stay, but finding willing buyers to pay a premium rem...
According to a recent report issued by The Freedonia Group, a market-based research company, over the forecast period, builders and architects will increasingly opt to earn high levels of LEED certifi...
Many people don’t realize it, but cedar actually has a naturally high insulation value. It comes from cedar’s unique cell structure that traps tiny pockets of air. Cedar’s natural insulation value can...
No, we’re not talking about solar panels, although, yes, solar panels could be part of a smart home energy system. Instead, we’re talking about the meaning of the acronym that’s specific to a passive ...
When incorporating a skylight into a roof structure, consider the homeowner’s visual and thermal comfort, as well as the seasonal and daily shifts of available daylight. Aesthetically, you want to mak...
Selling energy efficiency often comes down to numbers – the cost of installation to the anticipated cost savings. Therefore, when it comes to making a sale, come armed with the energy saving facts of installing energy efficient windows and doors. Continue reading
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1.) Lasting Durability – Advanced technology results in deck boards with vibrant and longer lasting colors.
2.) Expanded Installation Possibilities – See previous article entitled “Design Elements Add Value For Homeowners & Your Business” for how to build herringbone, zipper decking and decking inlays with composite decking. Continue reading
Studies have shown that homebuyers are concerned with the environmental impact of home building. Therefore, it’s important to emphasize that engineered wood is primarily made from wood fiber from small trees grown from sustainable, second-growth forests, thus preserving large old growth trees.
A clearer example is the fact that less than 1% of engineered lumber is wasted during production. This is because of the elimination of defects like knots, wane, pitch pockets and twists. Also, wider on-center spacing of engineered lumber joists enables fewer materials to be used on a project. And the “I” configuration of wood I-joists reduces the wood fiber required in a residential floor system by at least 50%. Continue reading
Remodeling a kitchen with an emphasis on going “green” means looking at everything from floor to ceiling, and all the details in between. It’s not just about choosing Energy Star appliances, although that’s certainly part of it.
Consider all possibilities for daylighting and choose energy efficient ambient lighting; when installing recessed lighting, be sure the fixture is sealed air-tight. Install LED task lighting, and save energy by installing dimmers and multiple switches.
Choose high R-value insulation that is resistant to moisture; install a vapor barrier to prevent rot, and reduce air leakage with good infiltration reduction practices. Insulate walls between rooms, too. Continue reading
Considering a New Year’s Resolution? How about resolving to become a Certified Green Professional or Master Certified Green Professional as your New Year’s Resolution?