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On the Path to a Zero Energy Home: It Starts With Design

The path to net zero has gotten much shorter in recent years. Building materials have improved, building science awareness has increased, and home buyers are demanding lower energy costs and more comfortable homes. But a zero energy home is more easily achieved when it is …

There is More to Windows than Meets the Eye

When you build a home, windows are an important aspect in its design. Most home owners think about windows and they think about two basic functions: Provide a view to the outside and let in light. Depending on where you live a third function could …

Been There, Built That

Modular construction is a mystery to many. This includes architects, real estate agents, and home inspectors. Much of it is derived from the confusion caused by it being an “M” word. Modular, mobile, and manufactured sound alike but each are very different things. Modular is …

Modular Construction: Some Assembly Required

Most parents purchase large toys for their children and dread the phrase: Some Assembly Required. But, when it comes to building your next home, that phrase should be exactly what you want to hear. With modular construction, only some of the work is done onsite. …

Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain…

Remember that scene from The Wizard of Oz? Dorothy, The Scarecrow, Tin Man and every other character in the movie had been DUPED! The Wizard of Oz was supposedly a magical solution for all their problems. And, it turned out… It was all a lie. …

Higher is the 2018 Word for Housing

Housing is booming in the U.S. The economy is doing well and consumer confidence is growing. But, according to the National Association of Realtors, there is a housing shortage. As a country, we aren’t building enough homes to cover the need for homes for our …

R-Value versus U-Value – Removing the Mystery

When you start to think about building a custom home, most home buyer’s thoughts don’t drift towards designing for energy efficiency. They want tall ceilings, high roof pitches, and lots of windows. With today’s modern modular construction, you can have all of that and more. …

The Silent Relationship Killer…

When you decide to build a home you aren’t just entering into a business transaction, you are actually initiating a long term relationship. When you embark on the journey to build a custom home you are about to enter into a long term relationship with …

On the Path to a Zero Energy Home: Who Owns the Holes?

Super-sealing a home’s building envelope is the single most cost-effective way to reduce heating and cooling energy use in a home. The building envelope is the physical separator between the interior and exterior of a home. Components of the envelope include: walls, floors, roofs, windows …