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Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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Is it Time for Resilient Design?

Is it Time for Resilient Design?

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season has been the seventh most active in history. [1] In a year that’s seen widespread home damage and displacement of homeowners as the result of extreme weather events there’s some positive news to report. According to a Wall Street Journal article, homes built in Florida...

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Nov 16, 2017 9:29:53 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

5 Most Common Insulation Install Flaws

During last month’s Insulation Contractors Association of America Convention, Burgess Construction Consultants reported the results of a recent survey it conducted with more than 100 of the nation’s top production builders. The company sought to identify ways that builders, HERS raters and insulation contractors could work more collaboratively...

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Nov 1, 2017 5:04:50 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

SmartHome Apps to Help Save on Energy Costs

 

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Oct 19, 2017 7:28:00 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Avoiding a Bad Wrap

When properly installed, housewrap can be the workhorse of a home’s exterior envelope, as a weather-resistive barrier that performs as the buildings shell, repelling water while also allowing water vapor to pass to the outside of the structure. But, like everything else in construction, it only works well if properly installed.  Rex Nelson of ...

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Sep 27, 2017 5:07:24 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Tests Show Decades Later, Fiberglass Performs

New research conducted by Home Innovation Research Labs finds that aged fiberglass batt insulation maintains an average of 95.5 percent of the labeled R-value after an average of 40 years of service.

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Sep 14, 2017 6:56:45 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

More Options for HVAC Duct Design

Contributed by Matthew Brown, Engineered Wood Specialist, APA -- The Engineered Wood Association

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Aug 31, 2017 9:42:45 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Taking the Guess Work Out of Envelope Design

Taking the Guess Work Out of Envelope Design

Wall system design is increasingly challenging for builders and architects, as modern building practices have changed and codes have become much more stringent to meet energy efficiency requirements. Uncertainty about moisture risk associated with innovative envelope approaches can hinder adoption...

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Aug 16, 2017 5:38:00 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Thriving in a ZEN Landscape

Thriving in a ZEN Landscape

Ask any builder around the country about top challenges and you are pretty likely to hear three things:

  1. Cost and availability of attractive lots;
  2. Finding and cultivating skilled tradespeople; and
  3. Creating high brand awareness with prospective homebuyers.

Denver-based production builder Thrive Home Builders...

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Aug 2, 2017 4:01:45 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

5 Podcasts for Builder Education On-The-Go

5 Podcasts for Builder Education On-the-Go

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Jul 12, 2017 3:41:59 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

3 Things You're Not Asking Your Insulation Contractor (But Should)

Home builders are selling an emotional experience as much as a residence to buyers. A big part of that experience is the overall comfort of a home and insulation plays a major role in achieving comfort. But, poor quality installation can negatively impact the performance of the insulation. That’s why hiring the right insulation contractor is a...

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Jun 28, 2017 5:15:26 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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