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Habitat for Humanity’s Latest Housing Project Brings Green Affordability

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 18, 2019 1:04:44 PM

Habitat for Humanity has an inspiring vision for its Depot Neighborhood begun in Traverse City, Michigan—to build each of the community’s 10 single-family homes to be truly affordable ones that harvest and produce all the energy they need over the course of a year, with the goal of eliminating homeowner energy bills forever.

To meet this goal, the Habitat affiliate decided to certify all 10 of the homes to the strict energy performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program.

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Dry Basements Depend on Durable Vapor Barriers That Isolate Slabs

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Mar 27, 2017 10:25:53 AM

To prevent cracks, and head off mold and rot in finished basements, a sturdy vapor barrier is still the most important detail.

Creating the “perfect” slab has always been a challenge for homebuilders. Even when built to code, slabs sometimes crack and fail. What went wrong? Often, sloppy installation is the issue. Seams in the underlayment are not sealed and overlapped properly, or workers punch holes in the plastic--or it simply doesn’t extend fully underneath the slab and vertically up the edge of the buried part of the slab perimeter.

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"Green" Concrete Waterproofing Eliminates VOCs During and After Foundation Sealing

Posted by Jennifer Caughey, Guest Columnist

Apr 21, 2015 8:50:29 AM

It's time to move away from the toxic foundation coatings of yester-year, and take advantage of more benign products.

ANY CONTRACTOR CAN TELL YOU that sealing the outside a foundation stinks. Typically, it's a messy, toxic job, done with highly volatile, petroleum-based sealants that leave you dizzy for the rest of the day.

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