Build a Better Home Links & Resources
The following organizations have information on issues related to better building practices.
FreeFromMold.org is the maintenance counterpart to the Build a Better Home program. FreeFromMold.org offers homeowners the tools they need to prevent mold and moisture intrusion in their homes, identifying key areas of the home and what to do about problems. Get the full Ten-Point Protection Plan and more information at www.FreeFromMold.org.
Advanced Housing Research CenterThe Advanced Housing Research Center (AHRC) was established at the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), in Madison, Wisconsin in response to America's need for durable, affordable and energy-efficient housing. Research at the AHRC evaluates technology needed for both new and existing housing and encompasses all types of residential structures in which wood or wood-based products are used as primary or secondary building components.
The Wood Durability website is a joint project provided by the Canadian Wood Council and Forintek Canada Corporation.
The Building Sciences Corporation
This company is linked to several government programs, including Building America and PATH. Additional information is available at www.buildingscience.com
NAHB ToolBase Services
The NAHB's (National Association of Homebuilders) ToolBase Services web site "Mold" page. For additional information, visit www.toolbase.org
Sound Home Resource Center
Web site of Sound Home Inspections, Inc., located in Seattle, Washington. For information, go to www.soundhome.com.
Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)
The Institute for Business & Home Safety's publication titled, Is Your Home Protected From Water Damage?. This extensive homeowner's guide explains water damage prevention tips and includes the following sections:
- How your House Handles Water
- Frequent Causes of Moisture Damage
- Moisture Problems: Prevention & Correction
- Dealing With Major Water Damage Events
For additional information, visit the Institute for Business & Home Safety's www.disastersafety.org.
Green Built Home
This site overviews a program that promotes and certifies resource- and energy-efficient homes. Visit www.greenbuilthome.org for more information.
Build a Better Home?
Designed to provide builders and homeowners the construction guidelines they need to protect their homes against damaging moisture infiltration, the Build a Better Home program from APA encourages better building practices for the key elements of a residential structure: roofs, walls and the foundation. Learn more.