When installing attic insulation, a case can be made for both radiant barrier sheathing with typical types of insulation as well as spray foam insulation. A number of factors should be taken into consideration when choosing between these two, especially the climate zone that you’re building in. Radiant barrier sheathing is inexpensive and reflects thermal radiation to keep attic spaces cool. Spray foam offers insulation and provides some sound proofing from outside noise.
Vent-free fireplaces expedite installation as they don’t require outside exhausts. While some homeowners and builders promote the use of vent-free fireplaces because of reduced installation and running costs, others see them as a liability. We take a look at both sides of the argument.
Essex Homes builds over 350 homes each year while maintaining their small-town personal touch and strong commitment to values. They focus on energy efficiency to provide homeowners with effective building envelopes that are environmentally friendly.
“Whit Davis Lumber Plus…Where the Plus is Service” reads the slogan and it’s certainly service that this plucky lumber company is focused on. Whit Davis partners with thousands of contractors to supply building materials and services. One of its greatest assets is its employees who collectively bring hundreds of years of experience to the table. This month, Whit Davis celebrated its 60th year in the building supply trade.
Building inspectors play a vital role in safety and enforcing the law and helping to keep residents safe.
England Training Division was first established in 1992. Created by John England, the company is the only one of its kind in the southeast to assist federal, state and local jurisdictions with training of professionals in International Building Codes.
The 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) has had widespread adoption by over 30 states across the country and aims to increase building energy efficiency through more stringent building codes. One of the provisions in the code is to prohibit the installation of open fireplaces in family homes and commercial buildings. We take a look at some implications this may have on the building industry.
Founded in 1913 by brothers Jim and Harrie Woodson, Woodson Lumber Company has weathered two world wars, the Great Depression and several economic crises to be stronger than ever in this, its centennial year. From its single store in Caldwell, Texas, Woodson Lumber has grown to seven locations across the state. Woodson is now led by third and fourth generation family members and, along with their dedicated staff, have 800 years of combined experience.
Climate change poses extraordinary challenges for the construction industry. An increase in severe storms and rising sea levels present a barrage of problems that can, in part, be addressed through more stringent building codes and design. As building products and techniques improve and are able to provide increased protection from the elements, so too must building codes evolve to incorporate those improvements that encourage building to a higher standard.
Despite promising upturns in the housing market, astute builders must find ways to work efficiently if they are to remain competitive. There are many ways in which you can work smarter rather than harder. We get some great tips on reducing costs and increasing profits from our resident expert, Doug McNeill.