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Window R Values

R Value (windows) – a classic, single pane window offers little barrier to protect from heat transference. While it prevents air movement, glass is not a great insulator and therefore conducts heat from side to side fairly easily. Of course, si...
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Mold

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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U Value Windows

U Value (windows) – the U Value of windows, which for some reason stands for thermal transmittance, is a rating of how well a window conducts heat across one side to the other. This is nearly the opposite of the window’s R Value (or resis...
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Low E Windows

Low E Windows – low emissivity glass is different from double or triple pane windows that are insulated from convective heat loss. Low E glass is coated with a miniscule amount of a thin and transparent layer that is thinner than a human hair....
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Window Thermal Seals

Window Thermal Seals – windows are a simple concept that hasn’t changed much since the creation of glass. Glass isn’t a great insulator of heat energy, so the more windows we install in a home, the less efficient the building is wit...
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Soft Close Cabinets

Soft close cabinet doors and drawers are a far too often overlooked and underappreciated upgrade to homes. These little, inexpensive improvements can subtly make your kitchen feel more luxurious without leaving a trace of their existence. Traditio...
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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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30 Cheap and Easy Home Sustainability Ideas!

Have you heard about home sustainability? It's a broad term that encompasses any action to improve our use of resources and ideally save both money and the environment. It doesn't have to be an "all in" sort of thing. Some people ma...
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