One of the most important elements in Building Science as it relates to energy conservation is the building envelope. This roughly means the floor, walls and ceiling. The envelope is the interface between conditioned and non-conditioned space. Read more about the innovation we are working on.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Paul Spadone today. Paul has a green building company very much Like Stearns Design Build but the poor guy is stuck in southern California. He recently completed an award winning LEED Project.
WooooHoooooo!!! For the third year we have been awarded the Guild Quality Guildmaster award with highest distinction. Guild Quality is the company we use for doing third party surveying of our clients. This is one of the most important tools that we have for assessing customer service. With the data that we get from Guild Quality we are able to more easily chart a path of continuous improvement. Guild Quality serves the cream of the crop of the home building and remodeling industry, as such this is a true honor.
Our temperatures have already been in the upper 90's in the Brazos Valley. Make sure that your AC is running well. We recommend these three steps:1. Change your air filters every month. 2. Have your AC equipment checked and serviced in the spring. 3. Check your ducts for leaks. This is a huge source of energy loss in most homes. Unfortunately this is not part of most new home inspections.
And, of course, if you are building a custom home or remodeling an existing home, there is a great deal that you can do to insure efficiency.
The best investment in the value of your home is repairs. Repairs includes things like painting, replacing rotten wood and fixing broken hardware. Spring is the best time to do these repairs. So here is a nudge encouraging you to get those "honey-dos" done. And, of course, we are available to help. We do honey dos.
Did you know that If every American household replaced just one light with an ENERGY STAR light, we would save more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to the emissions of about 800,000 cars.
There are those who will swear that spray foam insulation is the panacea for energy efficiency in home construction. Most of these people want to sell you spray foam insulation. We use spray foam insulation in most of our custom homes and in some remodeling projects. We think that it is a very effective product in the right application, even though it has some significant negative issues.
Bamboo flooring epitomizes “green washing.” That is, selling something as green that is only made to appear green on the surface. Though there may be products that are less green and still sold as green, bamboo has become the vanguard of green projects.
In a remodel, the accessories are just as important as the remodel it’s self. Unfortunately, choosing the right CFL is more complex than choosing the right incandescent bulb. With a CFL you can choose the color spectrum of light. CFLs are more affected by things like vibration, moisture and heat.
Were excited about another successful remodel in college station, and a happy client! Everyone loves getting love letters. We are no exception. In fact, we are in the process of updating some marketing material in which we will use some of this material. So when Jan Pfannstiel made a nice comment in an