No builder can guarantee complete moisture protection in the basement, but there are ways to approach moisture control to deliver long-term results.
From radon mitigation and proper ventilation to moisture control, some strategies are often overlooked in builders' battle for superior indoor air quality.
Environmental stewardship, economic prosperity and social progress are directly linked with creating better living environments.
In today’s residential marketplace, air sealing has become a fundamental part of the home building equation. As building codes and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) targets have evolved, so too has the need for builders to incorporate air sealing into the build equation.
Noise. It's hard to escape it. No wonder it's such a high-value consideration with more and more home buyers. Many factors go into the comfort and livability of the homes you build. Find out what steps acoustic-smart home builders are taking to enhance their properties.
Air sealing is now an important part of achieving energy efficiency, and choosing the right insulation is key to achieving air tightness and performance. To reduce air infiltration and achieve an energy-efficient building, the gaps in the building’s thermal enclosure must be sealed properly.
Problems like leaky ducts, oversized HVAC systems, and uninsulated hot water pipes negatively affect more than just energy consumption.
A house is a complex system of different components assembled together. Correctly integrating these systems in a cost effective way is key when developing a high performance home. Therefore, there has to be a systems thinking when putting together a high performance building.
Whether you aim to simply meet code, achieve a specific certification level or go significantly beyond, there are some pratical steps you can take toward creating a high-performance building envelope.
To build a house to the rigorous Passive House standards involves a large investment that may be challenging to many profit-minded home builders. The idea of lowering the home’s carbon footprint is certainly appealing to many homeowners, but the substantial upfront cost is a roadblock that may be tough to overcome. This article offers a few ideas for overcoming this roadblock and building a higher performing home.