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3 Tips for Substance-Free Construction Sites

While the growing legalization[1] of cannabis in the U.S. may be fueling new industries and is leading to an economic boom in states where it is legal, the use of drugs and alcohol on the job site can have a devastating impact on safety. Drug and alcohol abuse is prevalent among full-time construction

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May 16, 2019 5:14:57 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Building Envelope Efficiency Without Compromise

Which is the more cost-effective method of reaching energy code requirements, saving energy or generating it with solar panels on-site? According to a new report, the answer is clear.  

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May 8, 2019 12:37:22 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Prioritizing Indoor Air Quality in New Construction

Joe “Radio Joe” Hughes of the IAQ Training Institute and IAQ Radio has been training builders and contractors for nearly two decades on indoor air quality issues. Through his popular podcast, trainings, and conferences, he shares insights on building science and the complexities of modern construction, and why indoor air quality is becoming...

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Apr 26, 2019 7:31:38 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Designers Report on Energy Efficiency Trends

Designers Report on Energy Efficiency Trends

Fixr.com recently published its 2019 Energy-Efficient Home Design Trends Report. The study’s authors interviewed 25 experts in the home design industry to peg upcoming trends in energy-efficient home features, design, and building trends. These experts have a pulse on what consumers want in design...

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Apr 19, 2019 9:13:03 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Why Some Products Have a Cancer Warning Label

Why Some Products Have Cancer Warning Labels

Have you ever wondered why certain products have a cancer warning label on them and others do not? Well, you’re not alone. Here’s why:

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Apr 11, 2019 9:55:28 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Matt Whitbeck's Three Tips for Framers

Matt Whitbeck, Co-Owner and President of Whitbeck Construction, LLC specializes in custom framing, exterior sustainability, and residential remodeling. He’s serious about quality craftsmanship and energy efficiency. So much so that he is a popular speaker at building industry conferences on those topics. Whitbeck and Kevin Ireton spoke to a...

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Apr 3, 2019 3:59:22 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Mineral Wool: A Solution to Thermal Bridging

Thermal bridging or the escape of heat through low-performing areas in a building envelope presents a huge problem for builders interested in energy-efficient buildings. One of the reasons that modern buildings are now more energy efficient than ever is that newer building energy codes, like the 2015 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1 prescriptively include...

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Mar 21, 2019 9:43:20 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Reduce Costs with This Sprinklers Alternative

According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the median cost of a residential sprinkler system is $5,000, but the maximum cost of a system averages $21,000. Those are huge numbers that contribute to the builder’s total cost of construction. Builders may be able to cut their overall costs for sprinklers by using fiberglass and mineral...

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Mar 13, 2019 4:42:33 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Report Gives Guidance on Specifying Healthier Insulation

Energy Efficiency for All recently released a new report, “Guidance for Specifying Healthier Insulation and Air-Sealing Materials.” The new report is a supplement to a publication produced last fall, “Making Affordable Housing More Energy Efficient: A Guide to Healthier Upgrade Materials,” which ranked insulation materials used in multifamily...

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Mar 7, 2019 9:38:16 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Premium Construction With A Cost-Effective Product

Thrive Home Builders is one of the most respected production builders in the country with a multitude of awards and accolades to prove it. The Denver-area company is well-known nationwide for its sustainable, energy-efficient construction, with 100 percent of its homes meeting a minimum of Net Zero Energy Ready status. Thrive commands a 10 to...

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Feb 28, 2019 4:55:26 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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