Bloom Boxes

A Bloom Box® is a refrigerator-sized domestic power plant that produces electricity cleanly and cheaply, and may one day replace the traditional power grid. Its inventor wants to put one in every home by the year 2020. The Bloom Box® is the creation of Bloom Energy, a Sunnyvale, California-based company that promises to revolutionize energy with […]

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Window Gas Fills

Improvements in window design are an important step toward reducing overall energy costs, as heat gain and loss through windows account for up to half of a home’s heating and cooling needs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.  Gas fills, as well as other efficient or green window features, such as low-E coatings and […]

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Window Well Inspection

A window well is semi-circular excavation that surrounds a basement window. It is typically constructed from a solid barrier made from corrugated galvanized metal, masonry, plastic or pressure-treated wood. Window wells are usually installed for the following purposes: emergency egress. If the window serves a living area — as opposed to an unfinished basement with […]

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Wood Decay

Wood decay, also known as wood rot, is the decomposition of wood as the result of actions by certain species of fungi. Facts about wood decay and decay fungi: According to Ohio State University, replacement materials needed to repair damage caused by decay account for nearly 10% of U.S. annual wood production. Carpenter ants, termites […]

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Wood-Burning Stoves

A wood-burning stove (also known as a wood stove) is a heating appliance made from iron or steel that is capable of burning wood fuel. Unlike standard fireplaces, wood stoves are typically contained entirely within the living space, rather than inset in the wall. Wood stoves come in many different sizes, each suited for a […]

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Wind Mitigation

Wind mitigation is the implementation of certain building techniques in order to limit damage caused by intense wind. A Few Facts About Windstorms and Wind Insurance In 2006, Citizens Insurance, one of the largest property insurers in Florida, requested a 45% rate increase for wind insurance. Other insurers took similar actions. In Florida, the portion of […]

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Zoning Ordinances for Inspectors

Zoning ordinances are restrictions on land use set by local governments. These may be use-based or they may regulate lot coverage, building height, or a variety of other characteristics. Inspectors can better serve their clients by learning how zoning laws affect construction in the areas in which they operate, although offering advice regarding zoning or […]

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Barn Inspection

A barn is an agricultural building, typically located on a ranch or farm (or former ranch or farm), and used for a variety of purposes, including: the storage of farming vehicles, equipment and supplies; housing livestock; storing hay and other livestock food supplies; and as a covered work area. Inspectors who work in rural areas […]

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