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Home Improvement Projects to Keep You Sane This Winter

Winter can be a tedious time of year. Cold temperatures, shorter days, and frequent rain prompt more people to spend additional time at home. Fortunately, this is the perfect season for indoor projects. Home improvement tasks will not just keep you from going stir crazy; your house will become more attractive, comfortable, and energy efficient. […]

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The Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation for Architects

With construction and energy costs consistently rising, and the domestic housing market near its saturation point, architects and engineers need all the help they can get to make their designs desirable to contractors and builders. Incorporating spray foam insulation into building plans offers tax benefits, green housing credits and other incentives for LEED-certified construction. Learning […]

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Energy Efficiency Tips for Commercial Properties

Studies done by ENERGY STAR have found that commercial buildings waste up to one-third of the energy they use. Most of this waste is in the form of inefficient heating, cooling, and lighting. Poor control over power distribution contributes to the problem, as do old or dirty condenser coils and air ducts. Given that commercial […]

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USI Lends a Hand in a Time of Need

Over the past six weeks, USI has been reminded of the unwavering objectivity of Mother Nature. Two catastrophic storms decimated vast swaths of communities across two of the largest states in the country. While the skies have cleared, and the waters have begun to recede, the lasting effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irene will be […]

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Home Restoration Resources Guide – Insulation

Introduction The purpose of this guide is to help you understand the different types of insulation (fiberglass, cellulose, spray foam, etc.) and what your options are to install it as part of a home restoration project or rebuilding effort. This is specifically written for anyone who may have had flooding or home damage due to […]

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How to create more Storage Space

If lack of storage space is making your home feel cluttered and claustrophobic, try going vertical with creative shelving solutions. There’s a good reason why plentiful storage space happens to be one of the biggest selling points in real estate. Over time, even the most spacious homes can become overwhelmed by a growing collection of […]

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Sprucing up your Home with new Garage Doors

When people think of spring cleaning and home rejuvenation, often the garage and garage doors are overlooked. Most homeowners today have a garage door that they use to come and go more often than the traditional entry door, just because of the convenience. However, it is possible to have both an aesthetically pleasing and functional […]

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National Housing Outlook for Q3 2017

This infographic provides a quick snapshot of the national housing outlook information shared by Mark Boud, Metrostudy Chief Economist, in their recent Housing Webcast. Residential builders and developers should note that: New housing supply is understated Entry level housing is under-supplied Boud suggests asking these questions now: Is land in your market over- or under-valued? […]

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