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Ductwork installed in unconditioned spaces such as attics, crawlspaces, and garages can contribute significantly to the overall heating and cooling costs of residential buildings. In fact, it is estimated that duct thermal losses for single-family residential buildings with ductwork in unconditioned spaces range from 10-to-45 percent of total cooling and heating loads.

The Energy Department’s Building America program has focused on leading residential remodeling strategies and energy-saving solutions. The program has tested and validated several cost-effective, low-risk methods at almost every step of the remodeling process.

The Remodeler’s Exchange examines a variety of topics on the subject of lead paint. Professional Remodeler’s Tom Swartz talks with William Shaw and George “Geep” Moore.

This month, the Remodeler?s Exchange focuses on how to handle the ever-changing construction regulations enforced by our national and local governments. Professional Remodeler?s Tom Swartz spoke with Bob Hanbury and Mike Nagel about how they manage regulations in their firms.

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is warning homeowners victimized by recent tornadoes to be wary of companies claiming to be “roof shingle recyclers.”

The LRRP rule requires renovation work in pre-1978 homes to follow rigorous work practices supervised by an EPA-certified renovator.

Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) has signed into law the Kansas Roofing Contractor Registration Act, which requires residential and commercial roofing contractors to register with the state.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited 26 companies for violating safety standards during storm recovery work at towns along New Jersey's shore.

Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association’s (SMACNA’s) new “HVAC Systems Sound and Vibration Guide” is available for a 45-day public review.

Most homeowners are not aware of improvements made to roofing standards in recent years. Methods of installing roofs have boosted the structure’s ability to withstand extreme weather.

New FEMA maps that designate existing homes in flood zones are likely to spark legal action by property owners, says a New Jersey contractor.

A bill to reform the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate.

Hurricane Standards from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety can help make roofs resilient in storms.

Of the $1.83 billion in federal recovery aid for New Jersey, half will be spent to assist homeowners and business owners whose properties were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

The Concrete Polishing Association of America Standards Committee, which reflects a cross-section of the concrete polishing industry, has created terminology to define the products and processes used to produce in situ polished concrete.

Nearly 20 percent of contractors working in three New Jersey counties on repairs to damage caused by superstorm Sandy are not registered with the state, according to inspectors from the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry applauds the re-introduction of S.484, the Lead Exposure Reduction Amendments Act of 2013, to amend the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule.

U.S. Bancorp and PV-maker SunPower have started a $100 million venture that can boost green standards on about 3,000 single-family homes nationwide.

A recent trial of a handyman from Portland, Maine, who allegedly bilked more than a dozen customers out of thousands of dollars with shoddy or unreliable work has renewed concern about the state’s lack of regulation of general contractors.

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