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ACCA, or the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, is a code regulation designed by HVAC (Heat Vent Air Conditioning) specialists for use by contractors who build structures. As an early reminder, we are not HVAC specialists, and we are not code i...
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R-Value Insulation

R Value (insulation) – insulation is rated by its R Value, or its resistance value. This is the number that represents how much the product resists heat transference. The higher the r value, the better it resists heat transfer. This means insul...
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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality – is a subject that is relatively new to building scientists. We used to build a home so that it would stand the test of time, and we were happy enough. Today, we have learned about many factors that affect our health, from t...
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Mold – mold is a broad term for living organisms that are categorized as fungi. In biology, there are six major kingdoms. We are most familiar with: the kingdom of animals which ingest food for energy (cats, zebras, humans, etc.); the kingdom o...
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Sealed Homes

Sealed homes – in the past few decades, builders and homeowners have become aware of energy loss in buildings. We have worked to seal homes to prevent drafts and ultimately energy loss. This is of course a good thing for our energy bills and th...
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Fire Separation Walls

Attached garages make life simple. They protect your car from extreme sun, snow, leafs, and other elements. You can park and bring groceries directly into your house. Storage is easy and secure. But there are potential drawbacks to parking and storin...
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Attic Care

Learn some basics of your attic, what those components are designed for, and how you can best care for your attic. Attics are dangerous places. They are confined with difficult egress if an emergency would occur, they are accessed with ladders whi...
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Structural Support Members

There are many ways to build a house, but they all use some kind of structural support members to carry the weight of the home and its contents. A few of those structural members may appear quite similar, but are often referred to by different names....
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Smart Homes

Smart homes integrate many small tasks and appliances to eliminate the minutia of everyday tasks around the home and make your life more efficient. While a smart home, or at least systems with smart technology, can take an initial investment of time...
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