She’s a Geek About Energy Efficiency and She Wants You to Be Too

by JESSICA PARRACK, Contributing Editor, Texas Builder Magazine A PROFILE OF KATHY HOWARD, BURGESS CONSTRUCTION Her illustrious career in the building industry could be summed up under one title for Kathy Howard, advocate for change. When Howard started years ago as an auditor in existing homes for a utility company, …

Assess Your Home’s Efficiency with an Energy Audit

(NAHB) – Do you want to save money on energy bills but don’t know where to start? A good first step is to conduct a do-it-yourself (DIY) energy assessment, also called an energy audit. An audit can identify many of your home’s energy deficiencies, helping you make simple improvements to …

Knowledge, Skills, Experience: Hiring a Certified Green Professional

The NAHB Certified Green Professional (CGP)™ designation is a reliable way to identify builders, remodelers, manufacturers and other industry professionals who are committed to making your home green. CGP-certified individuals understand that combining good, cost-effective building science with the most optimal products and materials can help create a home that’s healthier, …

5 Ways to Keep Your Home Comfortable in a Humid Climate

(Energy.gov) – Home energy efficiency is often dominated by discussions about cooling and heating, which account for about 48% of energy costs in the average home. However, when your air has too much moisture, your home may feel warmer than the actual air temperature. Any discussion of energy efficiency, especially in …

Insulation is the Icing, but DON’T FORGET THE CAKE

by GBGC Expert: Lee Kurtas – Perfection Fireplace & Supply As the pleasant spring weather comes to an end and you find yourself permanently closing the windows from the summer heat, many of you will think, “…I think we could use some more insulation.” That’s great! But understand what insulation …

Outslation is the New Insulation

GBGC Expert: David Suszko, Dow Chemicals  Outsulation Is The New Insulation: Addressing Air Infiltration, Thermal Bridging and Lowering Your Energy Bill. “What’s That Blue Stuff on The Outside of My House?” I must start by saying that I am biased. Yes, I admit it. So please, if you feel the …

Drought Resistant Construction

GBGC Expert: Clayton Morris, DPIS Engineering, LLC  It has long been said that “whoever controls the water, controls the land”, and we have seen this issue come up in the past with neighboring states debating over water rights and usage responsibilities. It’s actually even illegal in certain parts of the nation …

A Better Building Envelope

by GBGC Expert: Gordon McKnight, Dow Building Solutions When you think of “green building” you probably fall into one of three categories: You love it and will do anything to support it; You do it because your customers are asking for it; or You don’t really get what all of …

Homes Are Getting Greener

There’s a lot of potential for improving the energy efficiency of the existing housing stock. (US News & World Report) – A promising trend in home construction is the rising number of certified green and energy efficient homes. Recent consumer preference surveys indicate that energy-efficient features top homebuyer wish lists. …