Category Archives: Home Design

Heat Pumps: An Overview of Types, Benefits & Maintenance

heat pump installed on building

Heat pumps are a type of heating and cooling system that uses electricity to transfer heat from one location to another. They are an energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional heating and air conditioning systems and can be used to heat and cool homes, businesses, and other buildings. This article will provide an overview of […]

Rim Joist: Purpose, Insulation & Common Mistakes

Rim joists run around the outer edge of wood-framed houses, providing critical structural support to a home’s floor frame.  Properly insulated rim joists can increase your building’s energy efficiency. However, improperly insulated rim joists will not only impede energy efficiency but can also lead to structural damage.  Data collected by the U.S. Census indicates that […]

Home Air Barrier: Durability, Energy & Comfort (Explained)

zip sheathing as home air barrier

Since the 1970s, building scientists have discovered a great deal about home air barriers. They now understand that air barriers are crucial to a home’s durability, the energy needed to heat and cool it, and the comfort of its residents.  No other building element is as critical in high-performance homes, and building and energy requirements have […]