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Will you be at the Harrisonburg Green Expo as a vendor or as an attendee? It is a great event with lots of seminars and vendors to talk to that can help you live a healthier more sustainable life. From food to health to building science the vendors are lined up to answer all your questions. The e...
08/31/2011
Sound insulation in the walls around bathrooms and bedrooms is a nice upgrade that pays dividends in the comfort of the home. While many people don't think about such a design feature upgrade, using a cotton insulation is a good idea during the construction / renovation process. This environmenta...
08/30/2011
Have you ever thought you would like to be an architect? Do you know what architects do on a daily basis? In this economy times have never been harder and more people are leaving the profession than entering it. Architects are a special breed and those that stick with it are unique. Fill in the b...
08/29/2011
One of the most important elements in the construction of a home is the flashing detail that is used to keep water out. A quality flashing tape, flashing metal detail, and house wrap are required for a durable long lasting design. Many people focus on the window that is selected, when that is not...
08/28/2011
There are many projects that can be done around the home to reduce energy usage. The key is to take your time and do them right. Wrapping your water heater is a basic task that should be done with all older water heaters, but doing them wrong can cause more problems that they solve. If you do not...
08/26/2011
Do you clients ask for UD (Universal Design) features yet? They are becoming more mainstream, but there are few projects designed to meet the standards. UD is focused on design elements that make it easier to navigate a home whether you are young or old. These are design elements that if done cor...
08/25/2011
Two of our winners from the logo coloring contest are below. It was a great way to encourage the kids to use their creativity and for parents to have a way to entertain the kids while talking about building science. The creativity of the kids that colored our logo was incredible and the imaginati...
08/24/2011
A strong earthquake today in Virginia shook us all and put everyone on edge. The nuclear power plant was shut down and the schools in the area are closed for two weeks for repairs. No major injuries or extensive damage were reported after the 5.8 magnitude earthquake outside of the masonry buildi...
08/23/2011
The role of an architect has changed over time. In the beginning, the architect was the master builder, the visionary, the one that made the project happen. Then the role started to get more specialized and the architect became the designer, someone else built, someone else wrote the specificatio...
08/22/2011
Our logo coloring contest is getting some very creative entries. I like this one with the American Flag and sun from Isaac. We have also had entries of monsters, fish, rabbits, pac man, and green forests. The kids are really putting their best effort into this project and I look forward to sharin...
08/20/2011
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