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Understanding R-value and U-value

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August 7, 2015

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Whether you are in the market for a home, building a new home or considering a renovation, you understand the importance of having a secure building envelope. A robust building envelope will mean your energy bills are lower, your home is more comfortable and you reduce your impact on the environment. The trouble is, there are so many products on the market to choose from and deciphering R-value and U-values can be difficult.
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Home Envelopes: How Tight is Too Tight?

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July 8, 2015

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amvic-envelop-airGood indoor air quality is essential for a healthy home and, if you are anything like me, you like to let some fresh air in every now and then. But with home building envelopes getting tighter to seal out exterior air in order to conserve energy, many new home owners are rightly concerned that building a home that is airtight will reduce the quality of their indoor air.

Tight Envelopes mean more Efficiency
In an average home, air leakage accounts for 20-40% of the energy usage. Whether you are doing a retrofit or planning a new home, opt for the tightest envelope your budget will allow. Use raised heel trusses to allow for denser attic insulation and ICF for your basement and wall systems. Read more

Save Money with these Easy Home Maintenance Tips

amvic-blog-home-guttersYour home is the biggest investment you will ever make and taking good care of it can save you thousands of dollars in the long term. While you take care of the obvious things, these easy maintenance tasks could be slipping under your radar. Taking a couple of hours to maintain your home every month will be well worth the effort.

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Cleaning out your gutters should be a regular chore for you. Clogged gutters will mean that water isn’t safely removed from the home and may cause damage to walls and roofing systems. Check to see if gutters are damaged or have pulled away from the fascia. Damaged gutters will cause water to accumulate or drip into roofs and walls where it can result in mold or mildew.
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Building for Bad Weather: Homes that are Safer and Stronger

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The Atlantic storm season runs from June 1st to the end of November. In the past few years, the country has experienced an above average number of storms that have wreaked havoc on homes and buildings in the path of hurricanes and tornadoes.

Thankfully, this year will see a brief reprieve thanks to the El Niño effect which makes it difficult for hurricanes to form. Predictions from Colorado State University put the number of tropical storms around 7 with 3 expected to develop into hurricanes. This is well below the average of 12 named storms and 6 hurricanes.
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9 Top Strategies for Improved Energy Efficiency in a Retrofit

Amvic Blog - Energy Efficient RetrofitWhether you are retrofitting your existing home or thinking of a new addition, you can take this opportunity to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Having an efficient building envelope will save on your monthly bills, increase your resale value and it’s great for the environment.

Older homes and those built as recently as the 1980s are usually under-insulated and have gaps and holes that don’t stand up to modern efficiency standards. You want to make your home more efficient, but it’s important to know where to spend your retrofit money to get the most bang for your buck.
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4 Tips to Construction Site Conflict Resolution

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February 10, 2015

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Tips to Construction Site Conflict ResolutionConstruction site conflict is a familiar refrain; site managers may get frustrated at changes to the building plans or delays caused by homeowners while they, in turn, may not be getting what they asked for. So many prospective homeowners have their dream homes turn into construction site nightmares that there are whole TV channels devoted to this theme. But there are some precautions you can take to ensure that your home build goes off without a hitch.

Choose wisely

The success of your build is dependent on the efficacy of your contractor. When selecting contractors, ask friends and family members for referrals or search online for options. Search business rating sites like the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List to read reviews from previous clients.
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