Insulation

  • Energy Efficient Construction
    One of the most important factors of energy efficient construction is having the proper materials for the job. Though materials concerns vary widely across the country, a few general rules apply. Pr....
  • Foam Forms
    One modern building system that has emerged in the last 30 years is a system of using foam forms to cast concrete. Called ICFs (insulated concrete forms), they have been steadily gaining popularity i....
  • ICFA
    One of the most vocal supporters of ICF building systems is an organization called ICFA. ICFA, or the Insulated Concrete Forms Association, was formed in the mid-1990s by two former employees of Port....
  • Sound-proofed
    There are many ways to make a house sound-proofed, and not all of them require in-depth reconstruction of the exterior walls. Little known architectural tricks, such as staggering doorways and wall s....
  • Basement Refinishing Ideas
    One of the most popular types of renovation is basement refinishing, and basement refinishing ideas are some of the most commonly discussed topics among do-it-yourselfers and homebuilding enthusiasts.....
  • Fire Resistance Rating
    One aspect of building materials that is essential to consider when building a house is the fire resistance rating of the material. In a nutshell, the fire resistance rating is just what you may imag....
  • New Construction Homes
    In the real estate market, new construction homes often represent the latest in home construction technology, including building materials and building techniques. Many homes, even those built from m....
  • Energy Saving Products
    In the last 15 years, an increasing number of energy saving products and appliances have become available for consumer use. Most large home appliances, from computers to microwaves and televisions, a....
  • Basement Wall Installation
    From digging the site to basement wall installation, creating a foundation is often the trickiest part of building a house. Unless it's a very large residential project, creating the foundation gener....
  • Engineered Walls
    Small building projects can sometimes have budgets that restrict the use of precision-engineered walls. In those cases, unique wall designs that require engineering may require the use of extra tools....