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Your Solar Panels Are Facing the Wrong Way

Published on October 24th, 2014 | by Dawn Killough

Conventional wisdom says that panels should be installed facing south to get the most solar exposure (in the northern hemisphere). South-facing panels create the most power in the morning and mid-day, but peak demand for electricity ... Read More


Energy Efficiency

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Fiberglass Windows Are More Energy Efficient

Published on October 21st, 2014 | by Stephen Hanley

For making energy efficient windows, fiberglass composites offer many advantages over wood, aluminum and vinyl. Wood warps and rots over time, allowing air infiltration that undermines the insulating power of the glass. Aluminum conducts heat and cold ... Read More


Design

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What Is LEED? – Indoor Environmental Quality

Published on October 21st, 2014 | by Dawn Killough

This is the seventh post in a series on the LEED green building rating system. The first post provided an Introduction to LEED, the second looked at the Sustainable Sites credit category, the third at the Location and Transportation credits, the ... Read More


Design

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Pre-Cut Steel Buildings Snap Together Like Legos

Published on October 20th, 2014 | by Dawn Killough

The flexibility and simplicity of steel framing systems draws many clients because there are no interior load-bearing walls, so remodeling or reconfiguring rooms when needs change is a snap. “When children leave at 28, you can ... Read More


Design

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Which Is More Green – SFI or FSC Lumber?

Published on October 16th, 2014 | by Dawn Killough

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The two main sustainable forestry certification programs (Sustainable Forestry Initiative, SFI, and Forest Stewardship Council, FSC) have been fighting for years to determine which is better.  SFI has struggled to gain a foothold in the industry, ... Read More


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