15Sep

5 Awesome Tiny Houses That Aren't That Tiny

Over the years, there have been housing styles that have come and gone. The craftsman, the Tudor, the Victorian, the ranch: all these homes were very popular in their day. One modern option that is quickly gaining ground to remain in the records of history is the tiny house. Though the definition differs depending on who you talk to, these go from an ultra-portable 80 square feet to a "tiny mansion" of 1,000 square feet. Focused on the movement towards minimalism and simplicity, the tiny house forces its occupants to only retain what has value to them, instead of plastic totes full of decorations for every holiday and boxes full of old records that "might be needed".

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15Sep

A Beginner's Guide to How a Zero Energy Building Works

With our society's focus on improving energy efficiency and sustainable living, there has been increasing interest in green construction techniques and design. One option that many builders and developers have gained interest in are zero energy buildings. Designed to produce no overall energy usage from the building, these designs are extremely efficient while producing their own energy through renewable methods on site. Here's the basics of how these structures work:

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15Sep

Ramset's I-F - Fast, Superior Thermal Barrier Fastening

Installing thermal barriers on any surface can be a pain. You've got adhesive that takes ages to set up when you have better things to do. Metal fasteners get the job done more quickly, but create a source for thermal transfer, lowering energy efficiency. What can you do to get the job done quickly and correctly without a lot of fuss and bother? The innovative folks at Ramset have a great solution:

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2Sep

OSHA and Electrical Safety for Your Crew on the Job Site

Construction is a dangerous job, and electrocution and electrical injury are among the top four accident types that lead to fatalities on the job. How do you ensure your job site is kept safe from this hazard without impeding your crew's ability to work efficiently? We've taken a look at what the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has to say on the topic and compiled that information into an easy to read guide on the matter.

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17Aug

OSHA and Keeping Your Cool in the Summer Sun: Work Crew Safety

When the heat is on, sometimes you don't have any choice but to keep on working. How do you keep your crew moving in the summer sun without risking heat-related injuries such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke that can put their lives in danger? Here are some tips to help keep everyone moving safely:

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10Aug

Ramset Fastener Systems: How the DynaDrill Helps Get it Done

Over the years, Ramset has developed a wide range of tough fastener systems and tools to get the job done right the first time.  One of the more impressive tools developed by Ramset over the years is the DynaDrill. A serious hammer drill that gives great performance with exceptional vibration control, this tough tool gets the job done quickly and effectively. Here are some more details on the Ramset DynaDrill: 

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4Aug

Green Exteriors: LEED Certified Exterior Cladding Options

When you're working on a LEED certified building, you know that every material can count towards or against your certification points. But have you considered what difference your exterior cladding can make in terms of points and efficiency? If you haven't, you may be missing out on some great opportunities. Here are a few more details on what type of cladding options work well in LEED certified buildings and what to look for:

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3Aug

Top 5 Cool Tree Houses Your Kids Would Love To Have

If you're looking for a way to be the uber-parent in your neighborhood, nothing quite cuts it like creating an awesome play space for your kids. The ultimate in child-friendly play places is, of course, the tree house. We've taken a look to find these top 5 most awesome tree houses and did a quick break down of what's involved in building each one.

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11Jul

Tax Time Savings: How Commercial Building Costs Can be Reduced

When you have a commercial building, it can seem as though every little change can impact your overhead costs. As the Department of Energy has realized this, it has made available a wide range of rebate and tax credit initiatives to help reduce the amount of energy used by businesses in their daily operations. The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 is just such an opportunity, with savings for lower energy lighting, more efficient HVAC and hot water systems and better building envelope systems. Here's more on this initiative and how to take advantage of potential savings in building envelope innovations.

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8Jul

A Breath of Fresh Air: the OSHA Respiratory Standard and Equipment

When you work on a construction site, you expect there to be something in the air. Sawdust, drywall dust, paint fumes: all these things can add up to a huge impact on your respiratory system. How do you take care of your lungs and respiratory system while getting the job done effectively? At Wallboard Supply Company, we're all about supplying what you need, including this brief overview of the OSHA respiratory standard and the related personal protective equipment (PPE) used to protect your lungs and respiratory tract.

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