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Why Building a Thatch Roof makes Sense

Why Building a Thatch Roof makes Sense

The fact that thatched roofs have been around for so long is no accident. Instead, it has a lot to do with the fact that they are not only attractive, but they are also strong and...

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Replacement Windows without the Replacement Window Look

Replacement Windows without the Replacement Window Look

Background We were not happy with the appearance of the four new double hung replacement windows in our kitchen and two bathrooms. For us, there were two main problems: 1.Significant loss of glass...

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The Parker on La Casa

The Parker on La Casa

This modern design residential project located in Austin, TX had tough requirements for window U-factor and SHG coefficient that Integrity Windows and Doors was able to meet, while being an economical choice.

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How Do Heating and Air Conditioning Affect Energy Consumption?

How Do Heating and Air Conditioning Affect Energy Consumption?

In today's world, lowering energy consumption is not just a necessity but a growing concern. Conservation of energy is more important than ever, and it is necessary for everyone to do their part...

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How to Make Home Rennovations Yourself, Safely

How to Make Home Rennovations Yourself, Safely

It might be tough to know how to begin when you are thinking home improvement, but it really doesn't need to be. It is important to read more about home improvement before you begin concentrating on...

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4 Tips to Building an Efficient House in a Hot Climate

4 Tips to Building an Efficient House in a Hot Climate

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The Texas Sun is blazing where I build in Austin Texas. Let me give you four tips for building an efficient home that will stay cool even during the hottest summer.

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Eight Solar Solutions For A Greener Home

Eight Solar Solutions For A Greener Home

Think twice if you consider green living is just a passing fad. All over the world, environmentally conscious people are shunning products that consume too much electricity, discharge toxic...

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Tips for Building a Net Zero House

Tips for Building a Net Zero House

In this video we identify what it means to build a Net Zero house, and some of the best practices for building Net Zero houses, using one of our own projects as an example. The house we review will generate enough electricity with its Solar Array to have a Zero sum electric bill for the course of the entire year. (Some months the bill will be negative, some months they will have to pay, but overall if you sum the 12 months of the year it will be $0.) Learn more by watching the video below!

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Ultimate Electric Hot Water Setup

Ultimate Electric Hot Water Setup

Gas has been the traditional king of hot water in the US. With the advent of the Heat Pump water heater I think that tide will change. Here's how I'm solving the capacity issue...

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Math Help for the Adult Student Returning to School

Math Help for the Adult Student Returning to School

In this present world, the majority of adults prefer formal education. While speaking about remaining sorts of individuals, they desired learn the missed things. Few of them made the crucial decision...

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Daltile Sponsors Sunset Green Home Project

Daltile Sponsors Sunset Green Home Project

The Sunset Green Home is a project that is not only rebuilding a home essentially destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 but is doing so with LEED Platinum credentials. Making a 70-year-old home meet...

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Straw-Bale Bedroom

Straw-Bale Bedroom

A storage wall in a straw bale house.

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New U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center outside of Las Vegas

New U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center outside of Las Vegas

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The new visitor center on Mt Charleston provides an opportunity people to expand their idea of Las Vegas.

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Harbert Residence

Harbert Residence

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The clearest view of Lake Michigan.

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Piedmont Residence

Piedmont Residence

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This Blue Ridge Mountain beauty features top-quality Marvin Windows throughout.

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Roof Venting Done Right

Roof Venting Done Right

I live in New England where ice dams are a common problem, which is to say improper roof venting is a common problem. Roof-wrecking ice dams aren't the only reason to make sure a roof is properly...

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Insulation and Attics

Insulation and Attics

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Potential Air Leaks in the Attic In a conventional attic, insulation typically placed between the ceiling joists of the rooms below can be only partially effective if air leaks aren'tproperly sealed...

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Getting Connected

Getting Connected

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The world is wireless and your home can be too.

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A special courtyard- with a specific purpose.

A special courtyard- with a specific purpose.

A nurturing space was created for visually impaired students and their guide dogs.

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Going Green with Your Appliances

Going Green with Your Appliances

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With significant increases in both environmental awareness and fuel bills over the recent years, there's been much written about the changes we can make to our homes and habits to save money and...

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