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Low Energy And Bright Lights

GE Low Energy Light Bulbs

A GE low energy light bulb does not only save on energy spent, it saves you on your electric bill. These light bulbs use up to 80% less power then your normal light bulbs. You can expect 75% less heat output reducing heat damage and esl.jpgcreating a better working environment. A regular 100 watt light bulb is equal to a 23 watt energy saving light bulb.

Don’t worry that an energy saving bulb won’t fit your existing lamp, GE low energy light bulbs are a direct screw fitting replacement for your ordinary bulb. The average life that you can expect out of an energy saving bulb is 15 – 100 hours. A slight downfall to them is you cannot dim them.


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Prefab Shed Construction

Steps to Building a Prefab Building

  • Read the instructions thoroughly
  • Start by building the floor frame according to directions.
  • Make sure the frame is square by measuring diagonally from each corner
  • Toe-nail the floor frame to the foundation beams.
  • Next nail down the floor boards.
  • Assemble the walls according to directions.
  • Assemble and attach the supports for the ridge vents
  • Mark the ridge beam and attach rafter hangers.
  • Cover the entire building with asphalt-impregnated felt paper to act as a moisture barrier.
  • Attach shingles according to instructions
  • Nail down skip sheathing strips to roof.
  • Tack the vapor barrier felt paper to the sheathing strips.
  • Lay double row of shingles on first row then lay shingles on entire roof
  • alternating narrow and wide and covering seams.
  • Nail up corner trim and attach doors with low profile screws.

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Ultra Touch Insulation

UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber insulation

UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber insulation is the successful combination of 25 years of insulation experience and a revolutionaryinsulation.jpg patented manufacturing process that has created a superior and safe product. UltraTouch natural cotton fiber insulation is made from high quality natural fibers. These fibers contain inherent qualities that provide for extremely effective sound absorption and maximum thermal performance. UltraTouch DOES NOT ITCH and is very easy to handle and work with.UltraTouch contains no chemical irritants and requires no warning labels compared to other traditional products. There are no VOC concerns when using UltraTouch, as it is safe for you and the environment.

UltraTouch natural cotton insulation is also a Class-A Building Product and meets the highest ASTM testing standards for fire and smoke ratings, fungi resistance and corrosiveness. UltraTouch contains 85% post-industrial recycled natural fibers making it an ideal choice for anyone looking to use a high quality sustainable building material. By installing UltraTouch, you are making both your building and the environment a safer place to live, work, and enjoy. Available in 5″/R-19 or 3″/R-13 for 16″oc or 24″oc framing.

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Low Energy Lighting

Low Energy Lighting Blubs

Low energy light bulbs are essentially fluorescent tubes bent into a shape to fit into an ordinary light fitting. They use around a quarter to a fifth of the electricity used by an ordinary light bulb. Although they cost a lot more, this isle-light.jpg outweighed by the fact they last for many years. This means that they save you time and trouble in not having to replace bulbs every few months, as well as reducing your electricity bill.

The best places to put low energy light bulbs are in rooms where the lights are on a lot. The lifespan of the bulbs will be shorter in rooms where you switch the lights on and off a lot, but not enough to worry about. Remember also that there is no simpler way of taking practical action in the home to save energy.

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Natural Flooring

Natural Green Flooring

Natural flooring, non-toxic flooring, green flooring are all environmentally friendly, and come from renewable resources. These floors are available in bamboo, linoleum, cork and wood. greenfloor.jpg

Bamboo flooring is elegant, versatile, very durable, stable, anti-microbial, and water resistant. Nail-down or floating floors both come prefinished with an aluminum oxide 25 year warranted top coat.

Linoleum is made of linseed, cork, tree rosin, limestone, and jute. Biodegradeable, non-toxic, easy to maintain, anti-microbial. Use as flooring, countertops, and walls, for both residential and commercial applications.

Natural cork flooring comes directly from the bark of the Cork Oak tree and is layered with UV cured acrylic. Cork is highly durable, comfortable, sound, and thermally insulating. Use for flooring, walls, bulletin boards, underlayment. Costs about the same as hardwood flooring.

Wood flooring from sweden is a wide plank floating floor that is easy to install which makes it ideal for new or remodelled homes. It is also perfect for in-floor radiant heating and comes in Maple, Oak, Ash, Beach, Birch and Cherry.

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Information About Green Roofs

Green Roof

Green roof technology is no stranger to the environment. It’s title is the exact meaning. It is plants that are grown on a roof of a building or house. A green roof reduces city heat, carbon dioxide, summer greenroof.jpgair conditioning cost, winter heat demand, noise, and storm water runoff. It is also good to have a green roof because it is aesthetically pleasing, neutralize acid rain effect, lengthen roof life by two to three times and provides a songbird habitat.

Depending on the location where you live is how the roof is constructed. Green roofs are built and designed based on the conditions of the area you live in. When determining the size of plants and the selection used, depth of the roof and climate are key. Most plants that are used in the process of building a green roof are drought tolerant. Grass, sedums, and cactus like plants are used in depths of only a few inches deep. In order to plant shrubs and small trees, the roof must be several feet deep.

Green roofs are mostly seen on flat roofs but a roof on a slight angle can be accomplished.

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Advice on Prefab Homes

Prefab Homes

In the housing industry, the phrase “prefab” often conjures up the image of a generic-looking, nondescript house or a mobile home. However,prefabhome.gif there are many reasons why these stereotypes deserve to be wiped away.

Today’s prefab homes (which include manufactured homes, modular homes, and kit homes) come in a wide array of styles and layouts — including a new wave of clean, modernist designs. And since they’re usually more affordable than traditional “stick-built” homes, buyers can get more for their money.

The Perks of Prefab

The following in favor of prefab houses are compelling:

  • Shorter construction time. Sections of the home are built in a factory, making for quick on-site assembly. Some modular houses, a type of prefab, can be installed in a matter of days. There are also fewer delays due to bad weather, which often happens when building on-site.
  • Less expensive. The home’s parts are created in a factory, which is more efficient, produces less waste than custom building and less labor is needed to assemble the home after it’s delivered to the site.
  • Eco-friendly designs. Many of today’s prefab houses use eco-friendly materials and designs that keep energy bills low.


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