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Consider moisture issues when choosing insulation

We insulate our homes primarily to keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. As a result, most of us evaluate insulation based on its thermal properties, which is definitely important to consider. However, there is another aspect of wall and ceiling insulation that should be considered before making a final decision, and that's moisture. If you choose the wrong insulation, moisture can seriously damage the long-term performance of the insulation, drastically reducing the benefits it offers to your home.


Five ways to increase home fire safety

An average of seven Americans die each week as a result of house fires. Most fires occur in residential buildings between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when occupants are most likely to be asleep. Your first line of defense is fire preparedness.
Here's five things you can do to increase your chance of survival in a fire:


5 benefits of building an eco-friendly home

Environmentally friendly practices are trending everywhere - from our food to our clothing to our homes. Improved practices in the construction industry today reflect the greening of building codes across America, and can be seen in advancements in window daylighting, insulation, air infiltration, and new wall-building materials.


How to build an eco-friendly home

Whether you're passionate about saving the environment, want to save on energy bills and repairs, or simply need to move into your new place quickly, an eco-friendly home is the right choice for you. Fortunately, building your home guided by eco-responsibility is now easier than ever, as improved practices in the construction industry reflect the greening of building codes across America.


How to make sure your new home is built faster

If you're in the market for a newly built home, you probably have a long list of requirements for your builder. Everyone's list is different, but one common element is that your new home needs to be ready quickly, or at the very least, on time. Yet we've all heard the horror stories of construction delays and families having to move out of their old homes before their new ones are ready. Fortunately, there's a way you can help ensure your home is built faster - ask your builder to use insulated concrete forms.