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Better Buildings Better Society Podcast

We were thrilled to kick off June on the Better Buildings Better Society podcast. You can watch and listen here or head to their YouTube channel and see this and other great episodes. Don’t forget to subscribe! Please let us know if you have questions or would like more information about anything you heard here! From the show notes: “Without a question, we need better airtightness and better insulation. That is the best place to spend your dollars,” shares Paul…

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Can it Pass the Blower Door Test?

Even if a house looks sustainable, you have to ask, “Can it pass the blower door test?” Watch our host and founder conduct a simple blower door test on his new home to test the home’s energy efficiency. This test could tell you a lot about air leaks, where ice dams may form and give you a clue about why your energy bills are higher.

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The Ins and Outs of Energy Efficient Windows

If you are building a new home or looking to make your home more energy-efficient, you may be thinking about windows. Up to 30% of household energy is lost through windows, and depending on age and maintenance, losses can amount to much more. Energy-efficient windows can be a costly investment, so understanding which windows are suitable for your home is essential and not relatively as easy as one, two, three. Here’s the rundown on energy-efficient window basics. Getting to know…

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Online Event: Beating the Climate Crisis by Laura Nettleton

Heart of a Building is not involved in this event, but we highly recommend attending to learn more Laura and her projects We Can’t Change the World Outside Us Without Changing the World Within Us April 28, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (est) via Zoom In this online talk, Laura Nettleton will discuss the insights she’s gained from 35 years in in sustainability practice as well as the changes that cultures need to make in order to thrive. She will…

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Making You, Your Home, and Your Office Gentler on Mother Earth!

With Earth Day fast approaching, many are looking for ways to lower their carbon footprint and save money. Fortunately, no matter the age of your home or office, there are lots of small changes that will yield significant results when it comes to being kind to the planet and your wallet at the same time. Changing anything about your existing home or office takes money and/or “sweat-equity,” so understanding that investing a little bit of your time, efforts and/or money…

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How to Use Water More Efficiently at Home

With climate change impacting weather patterns worldwide, resource efficiency is at the forefront for environmentally inclined homeowners’ builders and developers. This is especially true for water; if recent years have taught us anything, it’s that water is a precious resource that can’t be taken for granted. A recent CNN article noted, “Global scientists reported in August that because of the climate crisis, droughts that may have occurred only once every decade or so now happen 70% more frequently.” In the…

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Keeping Your Home Warm and Energy Efficient in Colder Months

Just because the temperature drops doesn’t mean you have to abandon your hopes of keeping your home comfortable while remaining energy efficient. As the temperature dips, we are all tempted to crank up the thermostat, but there are many other ways to stay warm and stay in-control of your energy use and costs. Clean and Service Your Furnace To keep your appliances running efficiently, you should have them serviced and cleaned regularly. If you haven’t this year, consider a service…

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What Homebuyers Should Look for When Buying (or Renting)

When looking to buy a new home, most of us look for a convenient location regarding proximity to work, schools, friends, and family. We also look for how it feels to us, visual attractiveness inside and out. If you are ready to go a step further, you can gain insights as to how comfortable and how large or small the impact is on the environment of your future home. The best way to begin is to determine if the house…

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