ENERGY STAR is a program first introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1992. It is designed to save energy. While many people relate the name to the energy-efficient performance of individual appliances, lighting and equipment (heating, cooling and water heating), the ENERGY STAR program actually is designed to rate the performance of….
Is it modular, manufactured or mobile? Or…is it pre-cut, pre-fab or panelized? Or…is it site built or stick built? Or…is it a trailer? And what regulations apply, if any? In a previous issue of Your Home, we discussed building codes and addressed some common myths and misunderstandings. Building codes, when they do exist, apply primarily to homes….
Feeling safe at home is important. While some crime statistics are declining, media coverage of acts of violence and vandalism increases our concerns about the safety of our families and ourselves. Busy families with chaotic schedules add to the concern as one may be returning home alone, late at night. If you want to increase….
Comprehensive construction program embracing sustainability and energy efficiency to a promotional “spin” to sell almost anything. To serve our readers, it seems appropriate to take a look at what progress has been made toward green building in the last 2 to 3 years. WHERE ARE WE? THE VOCABULARY LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)….
GREEN BUILDING – You’ve probably heard about it, but do you really know what it means? It’s definitely not about the color of your home! You may have heard that it has something to do with the environment and energy conservation. That’s correct, but the Green Building program does not stop there. The goals are….
Selling a condo is a 2-way street. The seller not only has to decide on setting the price but also the seller has to think like a buyer. That is difficult to do because it is only natural to view your condo as perfect and needing no upgrades or improvements. I often recommend the seller….