Weather-Stripping Windows with V-Strip
An in-depth window study on six homes compares the effectiveness of plastic vs. metal weatherstripping.
Sales of insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are growing over 50% per year, and last year an estimated 4,000 houses were built with ICFs. [continue reading]
For the last 10 years, Reward Wall Systems, a manufacturer of insulating concrete forms (ICFs) in Omaha, Nebraska, has offered an energy guarantee: their ICFs save homeowners 70% on heating and cooling compared to the 1992 Model Energy Code (MEC), or Reward pays 110% of the difference in energy costs. [continue reading]
In the middle of Canada's greatest natural disaster, building scientists were called upon to offer advice. Five days of relentless freezing rain brought down millions of trees and 230 high-voltage electric transmission towers. [continue reading]
For the last 16 years, I have run a company called Lake Construction in Vermont. We use cellulose insulation to improve health, safety, durability, comfort, and energy efficiency in many styles of buildings. [continue reading]
On a balmy Saturday morning last August in Sedro-Wooley, Washington, a group of volunteers and construction professionals set out to build a house, and finish before game time on Sunday. They would use structural insulated panels (SIPs), a 45-year-old method and material that most builders still view with skepticism. [continue reading]
Smart building design and construction professionals know that a building is more than a sum of its parts—it&...
I've had a decades-long love affair with dumb, passive houses. Passive. As in do-nothing. I love the design challenge ...