A blower door is just a cloth door equipped with a fan that fits over a doorway. With the fan on, the house reaches a certain air pressure and a sensor can measure the rate of air flow.
St. Petersburg, Fla., container-home project: The exterior is finished, insulated and primed. Also: Architect-designer Steve Armstrong discusses the strength of the steel structure and the layout
Solar panels are also being used for electricity. Norm get a behind-the-scenes look at The Elms, one of Newport's famous mansions. Norm get a behind-the-scenes look at The Elms, one of Newport's
The foundation for the Silvas' house is almost finished, so insulation and a radiant heating system are installed, and the Silvas choose a brick-veneer exterior. Also: host Steve Thomas visits an
The Electrical Safety Foundation International recommends connecting no more than three strings of incandescent lights together. If you're using LEDs, most UL-labeled lights will tell you on the
Builders say that with a small building, tight and thick insulation, and on-site power production through solar panels, homeowners can achieve or approach a net zero-energy house.
Superinsulated. It's not very noticeable, but the first floor bumps out slightly from the basement level. That's because the house has a three-inch layer of foam insulation board on the exterior.
Exterior decorative features are spotlighted, including a roof detail over the bank of windows, refinished front door and evergreen trees on the edges of the property. Also: lazure painting in a
The existing cellulose insulation in the walls of the oldest part of the house is topped off; raised beds are built from the fieldstone of the old foundation; the new addition's roof is
The winning design created a simple, but beautifully traditional one-family home using SIPs technology and other energy-saving products, such as insulated glass.
Watch Home Again with Bob Vila - Season 8, Episode 19 - Dream Garage: Insulating the Garage: Insulation panels are installed and Bob Vila visits a factory where all-in-one wall product is made.