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ICF Foundation Cost

ICF Foundation Cost

How To Calculate The Cost Of ICF Foundations In Southern Ontario The notion of estimating the cost of construction is as much art as it is math. This observation is particularly the case of decisions related to the custom home building. One person may determine value by […]

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Truss Uplift – Expectations vs. Reality

Truss Uplift – Expectations vs. Reality

Truss Uplift A detachment of the ceiling from the wall is an irritating, but all too common problem. Its principal cause is a natural event called Truss Uplift. Wikipedia defines truss uplift as an occurrence common in new houses built with roof trusses as opposed to rafters. If […]

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Top 9 Upgrades That Pay Off at Resale

Top 9 Upgrades That Pay Off at Resale

Upgrades That Pay Off at Resale If you’re purchasing a home from a new home builder, it’s important to consider which, if any, upgrades you’d like to have installed by your builder. While it’s important to create the home of your dreams, it’s also important to consider […]

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Closed Cell vs Open Cell Foam Insulation

Closed Cell vs Open Cell Foam Insulation

Closed Cell vs Open Cell Spray Foam Insulation Closed Cell vs Open Cell Foam Insulation Before we can go into that we need to start by saying that in the foam insulation industry there are usually two types of foam insulation being used, open-cell and closed-cell. There […]

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All You Ever Wanted To Know about Spray Foam Insulation

All You Ever Wanted To Know about Spray Foam Insulation

Trained applicator applying spray polyurethane foam insulation in wall cavities. With the increasing cost of energy and a focal point on health and green environmental issues, builders, architects and other building professionals are recommending insulation materials to add exceptional performance value to construction projects. Spray foam insulation is […]

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ICF Foundation Cost

ICF Foundation Cost

ICF Foundation Cost? There is no way you can do this with poured concrete walls. One of the first questions asked when planning a home is “How much will my project cost?” Questions involving pricing, can’t be properly answered simply by information posted on the internet, regardless of […]

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The Worst Year For Ice Damming – Now What?

The Worst Year For Ice Damming – Now What?

Ice Damming Ice and icicles on your roof may be cute, but they can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up into your house. As snow continues to pile up on people’s roofs this winter, homeowners are up against more than cold morning […]

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Straw-Bale Home Construction

Straw-Bale Home Construction

Straw-Bale House Walls Straw-bale home construction is a building method that uses bales of straw (commonly: wheat, rice, rye, and oats straw) as structural elements, building insulation, or both. The first straw-bale structures we know of were built about a hundred years ago by European settlers in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. […]

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Insulation R-Value? – Don’t Forget About Air-Sealing

Insulation R-Value? – Don’t Forget About Air-Sealing

By Leigha Dickens When we talk about energy efficient building, everyone wants to know about the R-value. R-value-home-energy-loss “R-value” (that’s the inverse of the BTUs of heat transferred per hour per across a square foot of surface area per difference in temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, on either side […]

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Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) – All You Want To Know

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) – All You Want To Know

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) represent another choice for builders seeking alternatives for R-30 (or higher) walls for single and multifamily construction. Although a substantially different system than the more typical ICF construction methods, SIPs can achieve equally impressive results cost-effectively if the nature […]

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Building With Insulated Concrete Forms

Building With Insulated Concrete Forms

Building With Insulated Concrete Forms Insulated concrete forms (ICF) is a method of building walls for reinforced concrete ordinarily manufactured with a rigid styrofoam insulation that stays in place as a permanent interior and exterior walls. 9 Things You Should Know Before You Start Building With Insulated […]

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Insulating Concrete Forms – What you need to know

Insulating Concrete Forms – What you need to know

ICF-great-case-study Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) wall most commonly consist of concrete between polystyrene foam, although other form materials such as polyurethane, recycled wood and cement mixtures exist. Insulating Concrete Forms Wall The foam is usually two flat pieces of either expanded polystyrene (EPS, average R-value of 3.8 […]

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5 Reasons To Choose Blow In Insulation

5 Reasons To Choose Blow In Insulation

Insulating your home is pure and simple the number one way to save money on energy costs. In the old days, floors and walls were lined with just about anything to keep the moisture and cold air out of the home. Renovations have revealed that even old […]

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Brick and Stone Home – Is It More Energy Efficient?

Brick and Stone Home – Is It More Energy Efficient?

How Can Brick And Stone Make Your Home Energy Efficient A home thatís energy-efficient is healthier and more cost efficient. Energy efficiency modifications in your home can eliminate or at least lessen the poor quality of air thatís brought in by various weather conditions. One way to […]

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Insulating Your House

Insulating Your House

While previous generations may have been content to live in drafty houses, most people now want comfortable, warm houses. A healthy house today is well sealed, well insulated and properly ventilated. Insulating Your House A well-insulated house is a bit like dressing for the weather. A wool […]

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Structural Insulated Panels

Structural Insulated Panels

Advanced emerging building materials, such as structural insulated panels (SIPs), are engineered to provide more durable, energy-efficient homes and commercial buildings. Using SIPs to create a high-performance building envelope is the first step to producing “green” building that is strong, energy efficient, and cost effective. Structural insulated […]

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