Energy Efficiency

What are the guidelines for letting rim joists act as headers in a wall system, and is there a way to insulate that header without sacrificing the bearing surface for the joists?

On July 27, Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) reintroduced S. 3295, "All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act."

Austin home builder Matt Risinger reviews a number of innovative building envelope products he saw at the recent 2018 Humid Climate Conference in his hometown.

Proper installation of windows and doors isn't always easy, as the following article makes clear. Fortunately, a number of tools have been developed to help ease the process for building designers and installers at

Q: Is there a good way to eliminate conductive heat loss through the exposed beams?

Vapor abrasive blasting systems combine water and abrasive media in a pot under pressure, then inject the mixture into an airstream, providing a precisely controlled system to treat stains resistant to other measures.

The following article summarizes a recent report published on the challenges rural areas experience in paying for energy costs.  The report points out that the most effective way to address this significant public policy issue is to improve the energy efficiency of buildings themselves.

Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., a massive distributor of roofing and building materials based in Herndon, has acquired Atlas Supply Inc., the Pacific Northwest’s leading distributor of sealants, coatings and other waterproofing products.

Kingspan OPTIM-R is a next-generation insulation that provides outstanding R-values in an ultra-thin solution where a lack of space or depth is an issue.

Designing a resilient building envelope can seem intimidating, especially with all the building and energy code requirements. And while there is no getting around the complexity of the interactions between a building’s interior, its walls, and the surrounding environment, things make more sense when you take the time to look at the fundamental physics at work.