The Virginia Building Code, A Catch 22

The Virginia Building Code, A Catch 22

The Virginia Residential Building Code allows two options for verifying air tightness in new construction. The first option is a Blower Door Test and the second is just a visual inspection, which as you can imagine, is the most commonly used method as it is generally...
be Green with some Green

be Green with some Green

Concerned about the health of your indoor air quality? A little green can help. It is no secret that plants significantly lower stress levels and enhance worker productivity or that they can lower a building’s carbon dioxide levels while increasing oxygen levels. It...
Is Your Building Making Your Employees Sick?

Is Your Building Making Your Employees Sick?

We all know that air pollution is bad for our health. In fact the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified air pollution as a carcinogen that kills more than 7 million people annually around the globe. But did you know that indoor air quality (IAQ) can be 2-5...
Savor the Profits!

Savor the Profits!

Skip the bouquet and go straight to the bottom line. Energy efficiency just got sweeter for wineries and other agricultural producers. With the passage of the Farm Bill, agricultural producers and other small, rural businesses, may be eligible for grants and...
Cold Snap Top Ten

Cold Snap Top Ten

1. Hats aren’t just for people. If your house has a good ‘hat’ (air and thermal barrier) on the top, it will be a LOT warmer. 2. Step away from the thermostat! Heat pumps go into emergency heat (or worse, freeze up) if you move the temperature more...