Monday, May 6, 2013

What makes a house a home?

What makes a house a home?

   Here’s a list for a single-family, 2,085 sq. ft.    home: 

·                        13.97 tons of concrete
·                        13,127 board- feet of framing lumber
·                        6,212 sq. ft. of sheathing
·                        6,144 sq. ft. of interior wall material
·                        3,100 sq. ft. of roofing material
·                        2,325 sq. ft. of exterior alding material
·                        2,085 sq, ift of flooring material such as carpeting, tile or wood plank.
·                        129 linear ft. of ducting
·                        15 windows
·                        13 kitchen cabinets, 2 other cabinet
·                        12 interior doors
·                        7 closet doors
·                        3 toilets; 2 bath tubs, 1 shower stall
·                        3 bathroom sinks
·                        2 exterior doors
·                        2 garage doors
·                        1 patio door
·                        1 fireplace
·                        1 range, 1 refrigerator, 1 dishwasher, 1 garbage disposal; 1 range blood
·                        1 washer, 1 dryer

And the kitchen sink!

Source: National Association of Home

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Thursday, May 2, 2013



Halogens. Part of the incandescent family, energy-efficient halogen bulbs produce the lamiliar color and quality of light of the lameduck 40 t0 100 watt incandescent A 19 bulb. New to the market, these high-efficiency halogens are energy-efficient enough to comply with the government’s new standards for lighting. They cost around $1.50 to $2 per bulb and can last for up to 2,000 hours – twice as long as a traditional incandescent. 

CFLs. Much improved over the past five years spiral-shaped compact fluorescent lamps can last up to 10,000 hours and cost about $2 to $3 each depending on burning lime. Dimmable CFLs cost more, and most can’t dim to quite the same low level as a halogen. Still, they’re up to 75% more energy efficient than incandescent. 
LEDs. With a life expectance of 25,000 plus hours, light-emitting diodes are likely to be the light source of the future. Not a bulb at all LED’s can be integrated into a fixture or even into a glass enclosure designed to look like a traditional bulb and screw into a standard light fixture. But with a per-unit price of $40 or more and with limited beam spread, they’re not expected to find their way into mainstream use for at least five years. They are at least as energy efficient as CFL’s. Source: Building Products.

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