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[6 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 81 views]

By: The Handyman Guy
How Can Brick Stone Make Your Home Energy Efficient
A home that’s energy-efficient is in fact healthier & cost effective. Energy efficiency adjustments in your house can eliminate or at least lessen the poor quality of air that’s brought in by various weather conditions.
One way to create your home energy efficient is to be cautious to the building materials and to the home design.
In Australia, bricks have long been recognized as commonly chosen building materials. Truthfully, closely 90% of the built homes in the said place …

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[5 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 51 views]

LEED Green Associate (GA) Certification Process: Basic Questions Answered
There are some common questions asked by people having an interest in or prepared to take the LEED GA examination. Here is some basic information about the examination process that addresses many FAQs.
Becoming able to Take the LEED GA Examination
Before taking the examination there are a few necessities that must first be met. An application must be submitted that will get checked.
The Green Building Certification Institute ( GBCI ) audits five to seven percent of all applications.
Candidates who are selected for an …

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[29 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 97 views]

In a recent post, I talked about the Energy Efficient Mortgage, or EEM for short. In order to qualify, a certified energy rater must come to the home and look in specific areas to determine the home’s efficiency.
What exactly are they looking for?

An energy envelope that is efficient and free of leaks. A building energy envelope is the area surrounding the home or building that affects its energy usage. Typically, this includes the actual frame and construction of the home, the ducts inside the home, windows, doors, insulation, building materials, …

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[29 Jan 2009 | One Comment | 30 views]

Believe it or not, there is a program out there called the Energy Efficient Mortgage, or EEM for short. Not all lenders will recognize this, but this appears to be a federally backed program that helps buy homeowners and buyers finance and improve their home’s energy efficiency – which in turn boosts the assessed value of the home.

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[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 51 views]

It used to be the case that when you moved in an area, you were stuck with a single provider for your utilities without any choice. For example, you had to choose ABC company for your electricity, because they were the only provider in the area. Not choosing them and their terms and rates means you didn’t get electricity.
Now, in most areas, you have a choice when it comes to two, sometimes all three of your major utilities (natural gas, water and electric). Each company competes for …

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[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 91 views]

Here’s an easy trap to fall into: You know your heating bills are high. So you’re sitting at home one chilly day with a warm coffee or tea, and you see a commercial for a local contracting company. Their message? High efficiency furnaces will end your misery! That’s right, call them for a no obligation quote on a new furnace and your heating bills will go down, you will be more comfortable, and your home will be safer.
It doesn’t have to be furnaces they’re selling either. Insulation services, building additions, …