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How to create a dangerous living or working environment…

Stupid contractor tricks…    This is a mistake that can have serious, even deadly consequences.   When you think you have seen it all, there is always something to top it. It amazes me that contractors that claim they are experienced can walk past serious building deficiencies for years and not have a clue there […]

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Solar Vapor Drive Season is almost here

First let’s look at a couple of established facts; air carrying water vapor always goes from higher areas of pressure to lower or from more to less, in other words hot humid air always tries to force its way to cooler dryer air.

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Who does green building benefit?

by David Braddy LEED GA In the 19th and early 20th century Architects and Urban Reformers set out to radically change the way we lived  by improving buildings, streets, neighborhoods and clean water systems to drastically reduce the spread of infectious disease and generally improve public health.  Can you believe there were people back then […]

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One product with many benefits

by David Braddy LEED GA Make your home stronger, energy efficient and healthier with one product Imagine a building product that will make your home stronger, more energy efficient and healthier. The product is closed cell Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF), which is changing the way we build as more benefits are being discovered. A report […]

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Another great video on closed cell spray foam

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Can your home be too tight?

We have heard for years that a home can be built to tight and that a home has to breathe. Well a home does not have to breathe; you do and there are ways that are much safer than leaky walls.

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Which Type of Insulation is best?

By David Braddy LEED GA This is a question I am asked on a regular basis, but it is a question that is not as easy to answer as it sounds. Do you want cellulose or fiberglass, batt or blown? What is the difference between the two? In this area it seems that fiberglass is […]

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Diagram of two options for insulating a crawl space. Option 1 is  exterior foam insulation. A protective membrane covers exterior rigid  insulation and folds over top course of foundation block. Option 2 is  interior foam insulation. Labeled parts include a sill gasket, unfaced  insulation in a band joist, and a 6-mil poly vapor diffusion retarder. A  protective membrane overlaps and extends down insulation to provide  capillary break. Rigid insulation (fire-rated) has joints taped or  sealed. A perforated drainage pipe is embedded in gravel, covered with  filter fabric, and located at the lower perimeter of the foundation  footing to provide drainage.

One of the most overlooked areas of home health is under your house

U.S. Department of Energy – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Energy Savers Crawl Space Insulation If you properly insulate your crawl space—in addition to air sealing and controlling moisture, you will save on energy costs and increase your home’s comfort. Before insulating or deciding whether to add insulation to your crawl space, first see our […]

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A Control moisture to prevent mold.B Isolate garage from living  areas.C Install fresh air ventilation and filtration.D Keep water away  from foundation.E Use low-VOC building materials.F Use low-VOC paints  and finishes.

Indoor Air Quality Problems

Most people tie “air quality” issues to the outside—air pollution from cars and factories or smog, haze, and ozone; however, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that inside air can actually be more seriously polluted than outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.

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New Standards For Indoor Quality

Tighter homes and increasingly stringent residential energy-use standards put whole-house heat- and energy-recovery ventilators in the spotlight.

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