The Vermont Residential Energy Code of 2015 has quite a bit to say about windows and the glass in the windows. Since this is our State’s official stance/law we thought it might be interesting to let you in on what our state is doing:
This entire week we have been talking about technological advances in building science and today let’s look at the pane. That’s a pane of glass, not the other pain.
The Weak Link in your home’s Building Envelope are your windows. Regardless of how well you install windows or how well built the windows are; the glass that you and I enjoy so much are the one area of the house that loses more heat than any other.
Yesterday we mentioned how the United States is the world’s leader in developing Solid State lighting and how all the advances in lighting have become main-stream practice so quickly. LED bulbs are everywhere and the DOE’s estimate is that in the next twenty years Solid State Lighting will reduce lighting energy requirements by 75%. That’s impressive.
Another area where technology is making rapid gains and improvements is in the areas of Heating and Cooling.
This week we have talked about:
- What the bank wants/needs
- Types of Income
- Credit scores
Once you have worked your way through all that plus a zillion other documents and mountains of paper work the bank will eventually either deny your application or it will promise to loan you the necessary money.
Yesterday we talked about whether your home breathes or not. Don’t forget – houses do not breathe, only you and every other animal breathe.
But, your home is super insulated and is built very tight so it needs fresh air so that other nasty things don’t live in your home; your home needs to be healthy -
A dark and damp place is the perfect breeding ground for the growth of Mold and Mildew; both of which are living organisms that you do not want in your home!
Typically, whenever someone is thinking about building their new home, especially if it is a First Home they somehow always manage to ask the same question.
“…..if you are building the home so tight and Energy Efficient how
does the house breathe?”
It looks as though the price of home construction is about to climb significantly. In the very recent past a couple factors are having an impact on costs.
For several weeks now we have been talking about selling and buying your new home. One of the salient considerations is the knowledge and understanding that buyers possess. In other words, they are very savvy; they know what they want and they know what to pay for it. Or…………., the current home buyer knows value.
Check with any parent in America today and they will all say it is a challenge to get kids away from their devices. It is called screen free time where the phones, tablets, lap tops, computers, TV’s and all the other things are not in front of a kid.
Yesterday we took a look at Subway Tiles and how popular they have always been but especially now. (we’d love to hear if you have decided to install subway tiles in your home, let us know!)
Not all popular items remain popular. And today we’d like to mention an idea that has been quite well liked but is rapidly going the way of the Dodo Bird and that would be the very cool little “towel bar” that is in your shower unit.