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Safety Checklist for Construction Projects

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January 4, 2016

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Whether you are a homeowner doing your own renovations or a construction manager overseeing your jobsite, safety should be your top priority. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) in the U.S. recorded 4,679 deaths on construction jobsites in 2014—about 90 a week and just over 13 deaths every day. This number is far too high and we need to practice greater jobsite safety in order to avoid these kinds of accidents.

OSHA has a comprehensive list of regulations which must be followed on all jobsites. These regulations are available on their website and should be carefully followed. OSHA inspectors regularly inspect sites and will close any sites they deem unsafe for personnel. Large fines will be imposed or organizations who are placing their personnel in danger.
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Panelized Construction Streamlines Construction Process

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As profit margins get tighter and building codes more stringent, construction managers are continuously looking for more economical ways of producing homes. Panelization is a building method where pre-engineered wall sections are manufactured under factory conditions. The wall systems are shipped to the building site where they are assembled. What this means is that builders can have the home sealed in just a few days.
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Easy Winter Energy Saving Tips

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As the cooler weather moves in, most homeowners are dreading those high energy bills. Luckily, there are ways in which you can reduce your energy consumption significantly. While you have probably turned down your thermostat and replaced your lightbulbs, there are other solutions that will help to save you money and keep you cozy.
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Do Programmable Thermostats Save You Money?

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As winter approaches, many homeowners are thinking of ways to reduce their winter heating costs. Programmable thermostats are a go-to as they have the potential to reduce home energy bills, but are they worth the higher initial investment? We take a look at whether a programmable thermostat is really a good investment for you.
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Should You Get a Home Energy Audit?

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In a word; YES! Whether you are considering a retrofit of your old home or building a new home, a home energy audit or assessment will let you know where your home’s energy efficiency weak points are. Creating an energy-efficient building envelope will be your most effective tool against high energy bills. A home energy audit will help to show the chinks in your home’s armor and where your money can most effectively be spent in bringing it up to scratch.

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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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