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Superior Walls-The Energy Efficient Foundation

At Absolute Construction and Development we love working with Superior Walls for many reasons.  Drainage is essential with a basement.  Superior Walls sit on rock above ground with drain pipes for any water to be able to easily exit.  They are structurally sound, pre-water-proofed, pre-drilled for electrical and pre-insulated so no additional framing is needed to accommodate wiring and insulating.

Originally created as the energy-efficient alternative to traditional foundation methods, Superior Walls products have revolutionized the home building industry. Available for installation year-round in all types of weather, the foundation panels are custom-designed and built to provide warm, dry basements for homeowners – even in the harshest climates.

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Jeld-Wen Offers a Variety of Window Options

Jeld-Wen offers a variety of window options – the most popular being vinyl double hung and clad-wood. All Jeld-Wen windows installed by Absolute Construction are Energy Star qualified with Low-E glass and argon gas for improved thermal performance.  This also provides increased comfort and decreased household energy bills.  The same qualities that make Jeld-Wen’s windows energy efficient, such as frame designs, enhanced weatherstripping and glazing, make them sound efficient as well.

Jeld-Wen’s vinyl windows are durable, energy efficient and attractive.  They’re made of high quality extruded vinyl that resists fading and won’t chip or peel so they are virtually maintenance-free. There are many options for the double hung windows which can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/mwbe58u

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Using radiant barriers in energy efficient homes

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Radiant barriers are one of the most misunderstood issues for energy efficiency in homes.  They have an important place in thinking about a new energy-efficient home, but it is not what most of the vendors in the various home shows would have you believe.

Put simply, a radiant barrier holds on to heat and blocks radiant heat transfer into the adjacent space – like an attic.   Using the attic example – sunlight hits the roof, this radiant heat travels through the roof assembly and either goes into the attic or, if a radiant barrier is correctly installed, a significant portion of radiant heat is stopped.  The important point here is that there has to be an air gap next to the radiant barrier or it will not work.  With no air gap, heat will just conduct through the radiant barrier and into whatever is touching it – and then into the attic, if that is where it is.

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