Ply Gem's Commitment to Sustainable Practices

Whether for new construction or remodeling an existing home, green home building has become a higher priority than ever. This white paper explores some of the significant sustainability initiatives that Ply Gem, a manufacturer of a wide array of home...

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Sponsor: Ply Gem


How Windows Contribute to Energy-Efficient Homes

This white paper explores the role that windows play in the thermal envelope and how to select the right windows for your home.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Ply Gem


How to Choose Sustainably Manufactured Home Exterior Products

From the products we use to build them to the energy they use every day, our homes have a large impact on the environment. That’'s why building companies are developing products that have a lower environmental impact. This white paper reviews looks at some of the ways that exterior building products offer sustainable options for your home project.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Ply Gem


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Retrofitted low-income housing meets Passive House standards

Last year, the 50-year-old buildings that now make up Weinberg Commons were neglected, run-down, and empty.

Touch feature opens kitchen cabinets with a nudge (video)

Cabinets from MasterBrand are available with a touch feature that makes opening and closing cabinets a hands-free operation.

PeeWee toilet offers high efficiency in a small package

The new model offers a 1.28 gallons per flush/4.8 liters per flush high-efficiency option replacing its previous 1.6 gpf/6.0 lpf model.

8 strategies for better energy efficiency in a retrofit or addition (part 2)

Retrofitting an old home will make it more comfortable, will reduce energy costs and will make it kinder on the environment. The question is; where do you get the most bang for your retrofitting buck?

PVC trim handles tough exterior duty with no upkeep

Today, people want the beauty of wood without the high cost of maintenance that goes with it. That’s why they’re turning to cellular PVC products.

Composite shakes deliver the look of real cedar without the maintenance

Cedar shake has long been a favored exterior finish, but it has a reputation for being high maintenance.

Get the look of cedar shakes without the work

There's nothing like the look of a cedar shake roof, but no one likes the maintenance that goes with it.

Engineered slate tiles deliver long life and sustainability

Composite roofing products are designed to authentically replicate the look of a natural weathered cedar shake and shingles and slate.

8 strategies for better energy efficiency in a retrofit or addition (part 1)

Retrofitting an old home will make it more comfortable, will reduce energy costs and will make it kinder on the environment. The question is; where do you get the most bang for your retrofitting buck?

Advantages to starting your home improvement projects in the winter

Many homeowners believe exterior home improvement projects have to happen during summer months. With winter weather often comes snow, rain, and cold, causing homeowners to put their outdoor projects on hold until warmer weather.

Grab bag o’ .gov goodness for green home tax incentives

If you’re building or renovating green, or are even thinking about it, there are some big tax incentives for you.

120 year old brownstone becomes New York's 1st Passive House project

Many historic neighborhoods across the United States are being renovated and revived. When done effectively, both charm and history can be captured, while making the homes more energy efficient.

IBS Preview: building products for high performance homes

At the 2016 International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, building product manufacturers will display the latest and best products that are an integral part of today's high performance home.

Kitchen remodeling on a budget: 7 tips for the WOW factor

Every family should have a kitchen that is not only functional but beautiful and filled with warmth.

Net zero energy demonstration house moving to net zero water operation

While net zero energy for homes has been growing in popularity, net zero water use is the next frontier for high performance homes.

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Remodeling a home is a great opportunity to "go green". Whether you're a homeowner or a professional remodeler, check out this Research Center for green remodeling ideas and tips.

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