The Science of Homebuilding

If houses were just four sides and a roof, they would all be the same. But you know that's not true.

You can probably think of a few houses that are more drafty than others. You've heard stories of some people's outrageous energy bills. You've seen pictures of houses that somehow stand strong after a storm, when the ones next door are badly damaged.

You know houses aren't the same. But do you know why? What goes into making a house stronger, more efficient, more 'green', or more comfortable? How do you compare one house to the next?

The answers to those questions lie in the science of homebuilding. In the next few pages, we'll discuss some of that science, so you know what to ask your builder for.