April 05, 2018 The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a building project rating system for sustainability2 developed by the United States Green Build Council (USGBC)1. The USGBC began developing LEED in 1995. When first introduced in 2000, LEED emphasized limiting the negative impacts of a building project. Today LEED… read more »
April 02, 2018 Green home design strives to construct a house that saves money and is good for the environment and the occupants of the home. Green or sustainable home building reduces energy, water, and material use during and after construction. Green building also creates a durable house that has a healthy indoor environmental quality… read more »
March 31, 2018 Strategies for building a fire-resistant home are a priority for today’s homeowners and builders. After all, for most people, their home is their biggest investment.
March 30, 2018 A residential safe room protects the occupants of a home or small business from the high wind forces of a tornado or hurricane. Safe rooms are essential in the United States where an average of 1,253 tornadoes occur yearly, creating wind speeds of 200 mph or more.
March 29, 2018 When a flood damages or destroys a commercial building in either a high- or low-risk flood zone, the owner often must choose between repairing, rebuilding, or moving. Essential to this decision, is whether the business had flood insurance, which can cover the costs of repairing and rebuilding.