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PB November 2013
Professional Builder’s House Review design team delivers its take on creating attractive exteriors without breaking the bank.
Icynene’s Classic Max (LD-C-50v2) open-cell spray foam insulation has been approved by ICC-ES for use without an ignition barrier in residential projects, including unvented attics.
ExoAir Trio is an ideal 3-in-1 solution to seal out weather, thermally insulate, and provide a vapor barrier to prevent unwanted moisture at the dry side of a wall assembly.
Gerber has added several high-efficiency toilet options, all of which offer 1.28 gallons per flush, to its Allerton Collection.
The LED 15-watt Omnidirectional A19 Lamp in 300K correlated color temperature is an Energy Star-qualified replacement for a 75-watt incandescent and yields 80 percent in energy savings.
The ICS Sink with Selectronic IC Faucet was crafted to minimize splashing and create a more hygienic environment.
NRC661 features the same energy-saving technology as the rest of the Noritz EcoTough series of condensing tankless water heaters, and has an energy factor of 0.91 for natural gas and 0.93 for LP.
The new Master Flow Green Machine High-Power Solar Roof Vent features a 750 CFM max airflow that provides up to 50 percent more airflow than competitively priced solar vents.
CalStar has developed a patent-pending formula and manufacturing process to make a better and more sustainable brick.
CertainTeed has issued its first Environmental Product Declaration for Sustainable Insulation, which consists of 35-percent recycled glass in addition to a plant-based binder and sand, its main raw material.
Sherwin-Williams Cashmere Interior Latex Paint takes on added luster with the introduction of a pearl finish.
Kleer Lumber offers a full line of sealant and adhesive products for use with its cellular PVC trim pieces.
Marquee Exterior is a stain-blocking paint and primer that features Behr’s most advanced dirt and fade protection technology.
Quikrete offers both a waterproofing sealer and high-gloss sealer for concrete and masonry applications.
DAP DraftStop 812 Stop ‘n’ Store foam gives contractors the latest insulating-foam technology with a built-in applicator that allows the can to be stored for 30 days after opening.
Green building may be here to stay but finding buyers willing to pay a premium for energy efficiency and sustainability is still a challenge.
Woodside Homes CEO Joel Shine recently shared his perspective on the public/private dilemma.
Owens Corning research quantifies leakage rates for 17 common house joints and openings.
Team Austria receives top honors at the 2013 Solar Decathlon.
Simply using green or other new and unfamiliar products in the same manner as traditional products could render a builder vulnerable to liability.
A comprehensive strategy for reviewing and improving your sales operation
Builders weigh in with their own, still-evolving solutions on how best to shepherd customers from contract to closing.
Modifications and upgrades, even those that are seemingly small, can reinvigorate buyers’ interest in your house plans.
The Department of Energy’s latest program encourages builders to integrate proven innovations and ensure optimal home performance.
Handi-Flow Channel Fill, the newest product with Fomo’s High Flow Technology, has the ability to completely fill voids and cavities of all shapes and sizes with minimal fill points.