Placing notoriously leaky HVAC ductwork into an unconditioned space will not make for an energy efficient heating or cooling system.There are a few options which locate the ductwork within the thermal enclosure of the home. Options include moving the ceiling plane to the underside of the roof with an unvented attic or placing the ductwork in a conditioned basement. A third option is the installation of plenum trusses which allow for a compact ducting system to be placed in a conditioned bulkhead.
When renovating or building to sell, it can be difficult to know where your money will earn the greatest dividends. Here are some realtor-recommended features that help to sell homes faster and for more money. You may be surprised at some, but consult your designer and realtor to see which ones fit your budget best. …
Construction labor shortages mean every minute counts on the jobsite. If you spend too much of your time tracking down tools, you can streamline your business and reduce lost assets by implementing a tool-tracking system. Bar-coded tracking systems These systems allow you to tag your tools with barcode stickers. This means even smaller tools can …
Increased incidence of strong weather systems and the tragedies that follow high wind events have encouraged engineers and designers to rethink the way we build to improve wall strength. Stronger walls will keep home occupants safer during weather events and will increase the lifespan of the home. One of the problems is that the roof, wall and flooring systems are installed as separate entities. Connecting the OSB wall sheathing and the flooring system can create a continuous load path which can improve wall strength by up to 38%.
Its summer time and those of you with backyards may be regretting the big lawn that seemed like a great idea initially, but now demands constant care and mowing. Backyards can be a real boon when you make them work for you. Here are a few great ways to get the most out of your backyard this summer.
Knowing the moisture content of your OSB sub-floor panel is an important indicator on whether to proceed with other stages of the build, especially if hardwood flooring is the next step. You need to know that using a moisture meter doesn’t give very accurate measurements with OSB or other glued products.
Radiant barriers are utilized to reduce summer heat gain in attics and help to improve the efficiency of green building envelopes. A radiant barrier can lower heat transfer from attics to the building below, keep the attic space cooler and lower cooling costs by up to 17% in warmer climates. We take a look at how radiant barriers work, the different types of radiant barriers and some of the misconceptions surrounding them.