Passive homes are homes designed to meet a strict set of standards regarding energy usage, the loss of interior heated or cooled air through leaks, and a lack of sufficient insulation. These homes are referred to as passive homes because they lose so little heated or cooled air that a comfortable interior temperature can be maintained with little or no forced air, central air conditioning and heating systems that use fossil fuels. Instead, the main source of cooling and heating comes from thick insulation, energy exchange and heat transfer ventilation systems, the orientation of the building on the lot, the use of landscaping and hardscaping features to produce shade, and the use of architectural materials and features and interior furnishings to deflect, reflect, or absorb heat as well as provide shade.
With summer just around the corner, you may be just getting ready to go out and enjoy your cabin or summer home. You may not want to think about leaving already, however, when your time at your summer cabin or vacation home is over and you must regretfully leave it to return to your primary home, you will want to be certain that your summer home is secure. Ensuring that your home away from home is not sitting vulnerable to vandals, burglars, or extreme winter weather, will give you peace of mind during the winter months. There are several measures you can take to accomplish this.
With the various shading options out there, it can be difficult to determine which best fits our needs, especially when it comes to interior and exterior blinds. As the names imply, interior mounted blinds are mounted inside your window casing while exterior mounted blinds are mounted on the outside of your window. Which option is best depends on your location, budget, and what you would like the blinds to achieve.
When planning a home remodel or designing a new home, green building principles can conserve resources and save money. Becoming familiar with common green building principles helps you to decide what’s important in home design and plan for energy-efficient home improvements.
Reducing waste is one of the keys to improving the environment. Decreasing the amount of waste produced by humans helps to reduce pollution reducing emissions needed to produce one time products and packaging, it saves much-needed landfill space and reduces energy consumption.
When winter comes, you never know how harsh it will be. That’s why it’s vital to secure your summer property. If you take the right approach to protecting your cabin or vacation home, you won’t be facing any unpleasant surprises next spring. Let’s find out about smart and effective ways to protect your property.
Do you spend warm summer mornings sipping coffee on your apartment balcony? Or maybe you like catching a breath of fresh air on a cool autumn evening? Maybe you want to arrange a romantic date under the stars while in the comfort of your own home?
It’s human nature to bring as many possessions as possible to one’s home. Ancient instincts coupled with practicality drive us to keep as many useful things in the house as possible. The “maybe I’ll need it someday” approach is useful but calls for a lot of storage space.
In the quest to gain maximum comfort, and aesthetic excellence for your home, the question of whether to use awnings or screens will invariably come up. In this purchasing guide, we’ll be examining which option is best and the various pro’s and con’s of each – exterior solar screens or retractable awnings.
Over the past decade, hurricanes seem to have gotten stronger and more frequent. People spend more and more time thinking about protecting their families and homes from the hurricane’s destructive consequences.