Today’s leading manufacturers need to do more than produce products and market them; they are a builder’s most integral partner. Here are the stories that show how the builder-manufacturer relationship creates cost-efficient, high-performance homes that exceed even the most challenging building codes.
A major shift in the way homes are listed may boost home buyer interest in home performance. I say could, because it’s too soon to tell. As of February 2016, about nine states have added Home Energy Ratings to real estate MLS listings. This means that homebuyers can now make an “apples-to-apples” comparison of a home’s energy performance, as it relates to future energy use.
Shea Homes collaborated with Owens Corning to maximize energy efficiency. The High Performance Conditioned ProPink® Insulation System provides Shea’s homeowners with a higher level of comfort and energy efficiency in their net-zero conscious homes.
Recently, Owens Corning has worked as an extension of the team assembled by Habitat for Humanity for project ABC Green Home 3.0. This project is using familiar insulation and fiberglass solutions that easily integrate into the design plans and deliver the highest standard of energy efficiency in production-built homes.
Owens Corning offered to help Quail Homes reassess their extensive analysis, which led to displacing their internal air sealing process and replacing it with sealing the outside of their homes to better protect from conditions, including moisture, in the region. Now, every Quail Home is wrapped in a blanket of PINK® Insulation top to bottom, outside to inside.
Building science is an integral part of what builders use today as tools to achieve a better performance building. To achieve a better performance building, builders understand the value of building science because building science will help them get the targets that building codes are requiring them to achieve today.
In today’s residential marketplace, air sealing has become a fundamental part of the home building equation. As building codes and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) targets have evolved, so too has the need for builders to incorporate air sealing into the build equation.
The focus of this guide is on residential construction using Owens Corning™ products and systems. However, the principles and physics apply to all types of construction and many of examples and details are readily applicable to commercial, institutional construction and special use buildings.
Collaboration breeds efficiency. When the Owens Corning team is able to integrate with a home builder throughout every phase of the build, together we achieve the highest levels of home comfort, design, durability and performance.
Perfectly planned and installed dry concrete basements are tricky. Get it wrong, and that below-grade space could cost thousands in repair and maintenance down the road. In worst case scenarios, it could even end up making a home "unsellable". Find out how to do the job right the first time, or look at remediation if you need to.
Visitors experiencing the 2016 edition of The New American Home® in Las Vegas won’t just see and hear how Owens Corning is helping builders turn building science into building genius™ –they will be able to feel it!
If you have all you can handle keeping up with new home orders, congrats and keep it up. If you're looking to diversify your portfolio of construction services, as many home builders are, now is a great time to explore your multifamily options.
For some, winter means overheated apartments and clanky radiators, but for homeowners it’s more often a struggle to keep an inefficient home cheaply warmed. Here is a look at five problem areas that cause heat loss in colder climates and older homes with some potential solutions to explore.
From a building science perspective, three things define a home's comfort level: moisture, temperature and noise. Taking care of these three issues in a home, new or old, will go a long way toward making it the livable, comfortable place that it should be.
Air sealing is now an important part of achieving energy efficiency, and choosing the right insulation is key to achieving air tightness and performance. To reduce air infiltration and achieve an energy-efficient building, the gaps in the building’s thermal enclosure must be sealed properly.
Noise. It's hard to escape it. No wonder it's such a high-value consideration with more and more home buyers. Many factors go into the comfort and livability of the homes you build. Find out what steps acoustic-smart home builders are taking to enhance their properties.
A house is a complex system of different components assembled together. Correctly integrating these systems in a cost effective way is key when developing a high performance home. Therefore, there has to be a systems thinking when putting together a high performance building.
As building envelopes get tighter, air flow through the building is choked off and VOCs and allergens are trapped inside homes. Find out what you need to know about indoor air quality and how you can make your homes healthier and your customers happier.
From the start, the relationship between Quail Homes and Owens Corning has been based on trust. From top-notch customer service, to the attention to detail that goes into one of their homes, partnering with Owens Corning is helping Quail Homes exceed buyers' expectations before, during and after construction.
According to the Urban Land Institute’s report “Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015,” the combined impact of millennials and aging boomers—all 160 million of them—will have a significant impact on the housing market for years to come. Find out what this means for builders.
Since unvented attics started appearing and getting into the code, building science thinking has changed so much. See how code challenges were overcome to allow proper use of vapor retarders across the country.
The decision to offer homes that are high performance, energy efficient, non-toxic, sustainable—whatever the preferred term—involves many considerations and builders must weigh expenses and impediments against potential benefits. Of course, green building techniques and products reduce a home’s environmental impact as well as owners’ operational costs, but what do they do for a builder’s bottom line?
We're all in this together. Building science can help builders achieve goals, and in turn, builders can help building science teams learn from their experiences helping builders. These partnerships help build better homes.
A “high-performance” building envelope is one that most efficiently facilitates the building’s climate and moisture control, thereby increasing energy efficiency, (which reduces energy costs), and lowers the home’s overall energy footprint. Whether you aim to simply meet code, achieve various certification levels or go significantly beyond, there are some steps that are practical and fairly easy to implement on every project you undertake.
Thermal insulation has been used in buildings all over the world for many decades, and is a product that builders, contractors and the general public are fairly familiar with. Yet every so often, even very seasoned professionals face a difficult time explaining how it works. And frankly, no one should be surprised; the mechanisms involved are not that simple. Find out more about how insulation works in this article.
To build a house to the rigorous energy conservations Passive House requires involves a large investment that may be challenging to many profit-minded home builders. The idea of lowering the home’s carbon footprint is certainly appealing to many homeowners, but the substantial upfront cost is a roadblock that may be tough to overcome. This article offers a few ideas for overcoming this roadblock and building a higher performing home.
As awareness of the part that materials included in our built environments play increases, consumers are making more sustainable purchases for their homes and offices. It is our responsibility, as building experts and contributors, to reduce these health and environmental conditions by designing and utilizing low emitting and sustainable products and ensuring that we reduce the environmental impacts we cause by producing them. Find out more about how UL Environment can help.
Changes in California's 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards Energy Code (effective July 2014) and implications of the International Residential Code (IRC) R806.5 have made conditioned vs. unconditioned attics an industry hot topic. One issue not up for debate is that regardless of conditioned or unconditioned attics, managing the energy flow used to heat and cool a home is largely based on how the home is - or is not - insulated. To help today's experts stay informed of their options, this video will highlight performance results from field testing as well as new research.
Builders may use these tools as an internal Quality Control (QC) process for achieving Grade 1 insulation every time without additional visits from the insulation contractors and re-inspections from the Home Energy Rater. The process provides a way for the builder and contractor to identify any issues with framing and/or air barrier alignment prior to beginning their work.
To further pursue energy-efficient, sustainable building, New Town Builders and Owens Corning Insulating Systems functioned as an integrated team to build demand by translating advanced building science into meaningful homebuyer benefits worth paying for.
With fully instrumented test homes in four states and more than 80 production home installations to date, this innovative unvented attic system is meeting builders' needs for safe, affordable, proven performance.
Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) entered the residential building industry as both an insulation and air-sealing solution. Air sealing, along with proper thermal insulation, is an important part of delivering a comfortable, durable, healthy and energy efficient home.
Together, Palo Duro Homes and Owens Corning Insulating Systems teamed up to leverage their building expertise to create energy efficient, sustainable and affordable ComfortBuilt™ homes in Palo Duro’s Cielo Azul neighborhood, just outside of Santa Fe.
Quick: can you think of something you’ve purchased lately that you wanted but didn’t truly need?
Now can you think of something you purchased that you neither wanted nor needed?
Therein lies the challenge and the opportunity for marketing energy efficiency (EE).