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Building Envelope protects home’s inside from everything on the outside
May24

Building Envelope protects home’s inside from everything on the outside

If you have been researching the construction of a new home, you may have come across the term “Home Building Envelope” and wondered what they were talking about.

The building envelope is simply all the components of your home that work together to keep the outdoor environment from affecting the comfort and efficiency of the indoor[...]

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Whole-Wall R-Value Comparisons in Home Insulation
Apr07

Whole-Wall R-Value Comparisons in Home Insulation

The quality of a building’s envelope is measured by the ability to prevent infiltration of outside air. Many prospective homeowners are familiar with the R-Value system that measures the insulation that goes into the new home. However, the stated R-Value doesn’t account for the wall’s actual thermal performance that may be[...]

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Choosing a site for your new home
Mar22

Choosing a site for your new home

Finding the perfect site to build your new home will impact the enjoyment you have while living there and the investment you are making when it comes to the resale value. Whether you prefer the city or the country life, there are several considerations you can make in this very important step to building your dream home.

 

LOCATION

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Get a Healthier Indoor Environment by Asking These Questions
Feb15

Get a Healthier Indoor Environment by Asking These Questions

There is a strong focus now on healthier homes and creating a healthy indoor environment. The American Lung Association suggests asking your builder these questions to evaluate the expected health of your indoor environment.

  1. What type of capillary break is used in the construction? A capillary break prevents water from moving up from the soil[...]
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Why Building Science Matters
Jan13

Why Building Science Matters

Whether you love science or not, anyone planning to build a new home can benefit from an understanding of the science that affects home construction. Everyone wants a home that is affordable, comfortable, healthy and durable. Utilizing the components of proper building science when planning for your new home can allow you to achieve these[...]

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Measuring the Efficiency of Your New Home
Dec07

Measuring the Efficiency of Your New Home

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS™) is the industry standard to measure a home’s energy efficiency. It is a nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance. In 2020, over 269,000 homes have been rated.

The testing is performed by third-party raters who conduct inspections to verify a[...]

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Planning for Your Farm Storage Building
Nov11

Planning for Your Farm Storage Building

As farm machinery continues to get larger and more expensive, many farms need to grow their machine storage space. A storage building can protect equipment providing more reliable performance. This protection can protect valuable parts and eliminate down-time and repair costs.  Other benefits of a new storage building include more capacity[...]

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What is a Shouse?
Oct12

What is a Shouse?

A shouse, shome, or barndominium, (barndo)—call it what you wish—the combination of a shop and house as one building unit is one of the hottest trends in new home construction. Many owners are finding great value in this dual-purpose building. The structure combines a traditional house with a workshop that can accommodate work, hobby[...] Read more.
A House that got its Dream Start at Walter Reed Army Hospital
Sep09

A House that got its Dream Start at Walter Reed Army Hospital

The dream for this house started at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC. It was there that James Hay was recovering from injuries he sustained in a bombing in Afghanistan. After he arrived at the hospital, doctors wanted to keep the brains of the soldiers moving, even though their physical abilities were limited.

“After being[...]

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Needs vs. Wants for your New Home
Aug08

Needs vs. Wants for your New Home

Are you thinking of building a new home or a new shouse? The overall cost per square foot of your building project will be greatly determined by your list of wants and needs. Making decisions about a long list of choices can be overwhelming. One way to make sure you will remain in your targeted budget is to divide your considerations into a needs[...]

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Measuring Air Infiltration in Your New Home
Jul08

Measuring Air Infiltration in Your New Home

According to the Department of Energy, a typical home contains a half-mile of cracks and gaps behind walls and around windows and doors, along with dozens of holes for pipes, vents, ducts, lighting, and wiring.

When these openings do not exist or are sealed, there are reduced drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, pests, and noise.

The energy savings[...]

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A Plan for a Supportive Community in Austin, Texas
Jun08

A Plan for a Supportive Community in Austin, Texas

Community First! Village is a master planned community in Austin, Texas. The community, developed by Mobile Loaves and Fishes, (MLF) provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness.

Energy Panel Structures (EPS) and authorized dealer Trevor Huffard of GeoFaze are supplying[...]

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