Phase Change Materials Make Windows More Efficient

Because glass is a poor insulator, the large amounts of energy that are wasted trying to keep the interior of office buildings and schools comfortable make glass unviable for those who wish to create an effective building envelope. Designers are torn between form and function, having to compromise either their vision or sustainability goals. Now phase change windows offer a new evolution in energy efficient window systems that will enable designers to let the light shine in.

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Hann Builders Perfect Unique Building Techniques for Houston Climate

Since its inception in 1993, Hann Builders has set the standard in custom home building in the greater Houston area. “We have fairly unique weather in Texas and we have to build to keep moisture out while ensuring that each home is as energy efficient as possible,” says founder and president Stephen Hann. With 98 days over 90°F and an average relative humidity of 77.0, effective cooling and accounting for moisture require careful planning and unique design in the Houston climate.

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Ferrier: Building Dreams, Saving Money

The Ferrier family has a long history in the construction industry. Don Ferrier, president of Ferrier Custom Homes, is the third generation of Ferriers to explore groundbreaking construction techniques. Ferrier Inc. pride themselves on the exemplary energy efficiency of their buildings and constantly adopt new techniques that help them to build above and beyond code requirements.

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Apps for Building Industry Professionals

In no other industry is mobile information as important as it is in the construction sphere. With the technical evolution of smart phones and tablets, all the key players in any construction endeavour can communicate and access all the latest information. Whether you are looking up code details or nailing patterns, there’s an app for that!

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Construction Abbreviations List

We’ve compiled a list of all the construction abbreviations we use most often as a resource to builders, engineers, framers, dealers, architects and other trades. This list is a work in progress, so if you have any abbreviations we’ve missed, leave them in the comments section and we’ll add them to the list.

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Hurricane Season Preparation Guide

The devastating effect of high winds and floods on residential homes is catastrophic, but there are precautions you can take in the short term that will help to bolster the strength of your home and keep your family safe. We bring you a two-part guide to hurricane, tornado and tropical storm preparation so that you can be ready for any high-wind event.

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Spray Foam vs. Radiant Barrier Sheathing: Pros and Cons

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.

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