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Quality and Durability Articles

PATH Report: Building Manufacturers Launch New Mold-Resistant Products
Professional Builder, March 2007
Approximately 55 percent of homeowners express concern about mold, according to a 2005 survey by CertainTeed. For builders, mold can translate into costly and time-consuming callbacks for remediation, particularly if mold is found in the drywall.

Mold-Free Remodels
Professional Remodeler, January 2007
A new publication from the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing, "Moisture-Resistant Homes," offers the following guidance to curb causes of mold.

Open a Faucet of Revenue
Professional Remodeler, December 2006
Jacuzzis. Saunas. Granite countertops. These may be your client's idea of comfort and quality in a bathroom remodel, but the fancy extras can't make up for what's in the walls and under the floor -- where comfort and quality truly begin.

Better Building Blocks for Better Homes
Professional Builder, October 2006
What goes up as easily as a standard concrete masonry unit structure but is just as strong, more energy-efficient and easier to work with because of its light weight? It's autoclaved aerated concrete, a pre-cast manufactured building block made from quartzite sand, lime and water.

Making Weather Work
Professional Remodeler, July 2006
You've just completed a new addition with a beautiful pitched roof and high-end windows. After all that hard work, are you ever proud of the job. But will your addition be mold- and water-free in five years? It will if you take the time to weatherproof the roof and exterior walls. [IMAGE: Tame Your Utilities]

Pipe Dreams: Behind the Scene Upgrades
Professional Builder, April 2006
If you want to build kitchens and baths that are beautiful inside and out, you might want to make some upgrades where they can't be seen -- the plumbing system. Technologies like home run plumbing, air admittance valves, tankless water heaters, low-flow fixtures and gray water reuse piping provide homeowners easier long-term maintenance and lower utility bills. You benefit from easier, speedier construction.

Tame Your Utilities
Her Home, Spring 2006
When you're thinking about building a new home, the location of the plumbing, heating and cooling systems probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Or the second. But if easier maintenance, greater comfort and lower energy bills sound appealing, it's worth giving some thought to where these systems go and how you'll gain access to them.

Silence is Golden
Professional Remodeler, January 2006
You can do a lot to absorb, reduce or eliminate other indoor and outdoor noises that grate on your clients' nerves. Happily, what makes a home quieter usually makes it more energy efficient -- which makes it more comfortable and affordable, too.

Silence Is Golden
Her Home, January 2006
Your home is a factory. It has all the equipment and processes of almost any factory: fans, blowers, pumps, cleaning and laundering, waste disposal, heating and cooling, refrigeration, even accounting. Unlike a factory, your home should also be designed to provide a calm, livable environment -- one that maximizes comfort and minimizes intrusions, both from the outside world and from within the home.

Certification and Green Building Builds Quality Programs
Builder/Architect, January 2006
Builders are going green in increasing numbers as more and more of them find that green building techniques can improve the quality of their homes.

Upgrading Below Grade
Her Home, October 2005
But an unfinished basement really isn't a living area, is it? Mainly, it's storage, doubling as the involuntary destination for rambunctious kids on a rainy day. Which is a shame, really, because well-constructed basements have many characteristics that make them ideal for everyday uses. Basements are quiet, naturally cool and -- because they are separate from the primary living area -- inherently private.

Crawlspaces: To Vent or Not To Vent?
Professional Builder, September 2005
Traditionally, the most common method of dealing with moisture in crawlspaces - and the one longest endorsed by codes - has been to ventilate them. But does ventilation really provide the drying and moisture control desired? Is there a better way? What about the energy impacts?

Best Practices Are in the Air
Professional Builder, August 2005
Through its Tech Set approach, PATH is helping builders limit callbacks by promoting affordable, durable and energy efficient HVAC systems that maximize occupant comfort and indoor air quality.

Beautiful Durability
Professional Remodeler, June 2005
Warm. Inviting. Inspiring. These words are not what clients think of when envisioning concrete - but maybe they should be.

A Breath of Fresh Air: Keeping Indoor Air Clean and Comfortable
Her Home, Spring 2005
If you're planning to build a home, you're in the perfect position to make it a healthy one by considering several techniques for improving indoor air quality.

Distinguish Yourself Through Advanced Technology
Nation's Building News Online, April 25, 2005
Incorporating even a few new technologies and practices that increase the quality of your homes can translate into dramatic savings in materials, labor, callbacks and time. [IMAGE: More, Better, Faster, Cheaper, PATH article in California Builder]

More, Better, Faster, Cheaper
California Builder, March/April 2005
Many technologies can increase the quality and durability of homes, cut construction and labor time, reduce the overall construction price, and distinguish the innovative builder in today's competitive market.

Flooring for a Healthy Home and Planet
Her Home, Winter 2005
Flooring is a vital design element that sets a tone for the overall feel of each room, unites or defines spaces, and can contribute to the environmental quality of your home.

Making the Most of the Lay of the Land
Her Home, Summer 2004
Decisions about site preparation and landscaping will have a lasting impact on home durability, the cost of its upkeep-and the environment.

Give Durability a Chance
Professional Builder, October 2003
There's more to home durability than meets the eye. A few key points about "smart durability."

Controlling Indoor Air Quality
Professional Builder, September 2003
Improvements in construction and energy-efficient designs have resulted in today's "tighter" buildings, which often require dedicated ventilation systems.

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