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What is a Blower Door Test?

States are slowly adopting more stringent requirements for energy efficiency. They have been doing this by adopting recent building code updates which means homes have to perform better. The question is, how do you measure energy efficiency and… what do you measure it against to …

Lego Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Going Modular

The modular construction process is compared to building with Legos by many. A home is divided up into modules and assembled onsite in sections. It’s easy to see how the comparisons are made. The power of Legos is in its Creative Sets. A set can …

Modular Homes: The Starting Point for Resilient Homes

 adjective “babies are generally far more resilient than new parents realize” “a shoe with resilient cushioning” From a housing perspective, resilience is the capacity of a home to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality during a disturbance or stress. It is …

Modern Modular: Changing the Old Habits of Construction

Habits are powerful. Much more powerful than most realize. It’s just human nature to do what we are used to, what we have done in the past, instead of making a better choice. In the study of breaking bad habits, detrimental behaviors can be modified …

Getting a Home Mortgage: The Ten Commandments

Buying a new home is exciting! Most people will only build and finance a new home just a few times in their life. When you need a mortgage to get your new home there are a few rules that you need to know about. While …

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

The path to zero energy 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. …