Construction Methods

August 7, 2018

Why PVC and CPVC appeal to the HVAC industry

Polymer resin vents and wall caps provide superior protection and durability over their metal counterparts. But have you thought about alternatives to metal HVAC ducts and pipes? With the recent price increases in metal components, now is the perfect time to consider PVC for your next HVAC installation. The impact of 25% tariffs on steel […]

Construction Methods, Installer Tips
June 18, 2018

How HVAC manufacturers are helping to reduce climate change

Did you know that HVAC represents about 40% of a building’s total energy consumption? With climate change top of mind for many home-owners, energy-efficient homes with smaller environmental footprints are in demand. First steps are to improve and protect the building envelope. For example, you can help maintain the integrity of the envelope by installing […]

Construction Methods, HVAC
January 2, 2018

How can HVAC benefit from the Energy Star Program?

The end of the year is a time for reflection, a time to take stock of achievements and relationships. In HVAC, you can measure these by considering how you helped your customers improve indoor air quality with proper ventilation or calculating how many building envelopes you protected with rainscreen-compatible wall caps. You can also consider […]

Construction Methods, HVAC
October 30, 2017

Why roof and gutters matter for an energy-efficient home

Your customers want their HVAC system to be efficient, and they look to their installer to make that happen. That’s why you need to understand all of the components of an energy-efficient home, especially an airtight building envelope. Snow, wind, rain, and hail pose a major threat to the integrity of your customer’s building envelope, […]

Construction Methods, HVAC
August 21, 2017

Why Ductwork Should be Installed in the Conditioned Space

With real estate at a premium, every square inch of indoor environment is worth more to your customers. Ductwork can eat into living space so innovative space-saving features like squeeze elbows are in demand. Ceiling diffusers can help route vents to alternative locations avoiding lengths of ductwork. The majority of ducts are installed in unconditioned […]

Construction Methods, Installer Tips
January 30, 2017

Grow Your HVAC Business with Better Estimates

Do you want to improve your margins? According to an industry expert, the majority of HVAC professionals can increase profits by changing their approach to estimates. Getting the best value in equipment and vents is only the start of costing out a job. You also need to assign labor and overhead costs appropriately, know when […]

Construction Methods, HVAC, Installer Tips
January 16, 2017

Top Trends for HVAC Industry in 2017

As the world’s attention turns to energy efficiency, HVAC installers who know their stuff will be in high demand. If you know what’s trending in equipment, you can help your customers score well with popular certification programs. This means you’ll be busy all year! Make sure you know what to look for in fittings to […]

Construction Methods, HVAC
November 14, 2016

HVAC Rates High in Green Building Standards

A green certification program called BREEAM was recently introduced in the U.S. If you’re a HVAC installer in North America, get to know the program, as chances are you’ll encounter a project seeking BREEAM certification. This building endorsement requires careful design of the HVAC system as well as the use of top grade equipment, from […]

Construction Methods, HVAC, Technology Focus
October 31, 2016

How Wind Washing Affects HVAC

Did you know that wind washing is likely the cause of that cold patch in your customer’s kitchen or that drafty area in their upstairs hall? Homeowners need to count on you – their HVAC professional – to know how to deal with these problems. Wind warnings have blown across North America this fall, prompting […]

Construction Methods, Rainscreen
October 17, 2016

How to protect your siding with rainscreen

When your customers choose siding for their homes, they balance aesthetics, cost and maintenance with energy efficiency and ease of installation. From an HVAC point of view, your primary concern is how their decision impacts the heating and cooling properties of a building. A major factor in the siding impact is whether there is a […]

Construction Methods, HVAC, Rainscreen
September 12, 2016

HVAC for Multiple Dwelling Units

When you’re consulting on a big project like installing HVAC in multiple dwelling units (MDU), you need to know all of the factors at play. The biggest consideration with MDU is whether to install a central system or to take a compartmentalized approach and install HVAC into individual units. If your customer is looking for […]

Construction Methods, HVAC
June 28, 2016

Why HVAC is so important to LEED Certification

The most recent versions of LEED Certification standards have placed even more emphasis on energy efficiency. HVAC is integral to LEED certification as it affects several of the scoring categories. These scoring categories basically decide how “green” a building is. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It’s a set of standards that […]

Construction Methods, Technology Focus
May 24, 2016

Why Vents Come First When Building a Modular Home

Modular home building is a fast growing segment of the offsite construction industry. Sometimes known as factory-built, system-built, prefabricated or prefab, don’t confuse this type of building with mobile homes. A mobile home or manufactured home, as they are sometimes called, can be moved to a different location. Modular homes are placed on a permanent […]

Construction Methods, Technology Focus
April 25, 2016

How to begin an insulation retrofit project

Many homeowners are looking for ways to upgrade and improve their homes. One of the most useful and feasible retrofits to existing houses is the addition of insulation. This can reduce energy costs not only by keeping the home warmer in winter but cooler in the summer as well. Conduct an insulation inventory First thing […]

Construction Methods, Installer Tips