News footage of homes devastated by tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes make the point all too clear: most traditionally built homes wont survive a severe event. Thats why homes built with insulated concrete forms are becoming a popular choice in areas...
Within the last two decades, the California Energy Commission, The Environmental Protection Agencies, and the US Department of Energy have collected upon the estimation that one gallon of water coming into a home represents about 30% of a kilowatt/hour, and have put forth efforts to respond accordingly.
As homeowners and building professionals learn more about building science, they understand more about how to design and build homes for the ultimate in performance and comfort. This white paper, sponsored by Ply Gem, explores some of the building products that can improve the performance of the building envelope.
Every home – new or existing – can increase its energy efficiency with the installation of a blanket of continuous exterior insulation over the walls and studs, thus reducing thermal bridging. This white paper identifies thermal bridging and why continuous insulation is the best way to address it.
More and more homebuyers are looking for homes that perform well, in addition to providing a comfortable, engaging place to live. And homebuilders are rising to meet the demand. Green builders are incorporating energy, water and resource efficiency, improved indoor air quality and sustainable and locally sourced products into their projects.
A comprehensive insulation effort can elevate any home into a model of efficiency. Guarding against air leaks and moisture not only contributes to lower energy bills, but also added comfort for the homeowner. This white paper takes a look at insulation and air sealing strategies for foundations, basements, crawl spaces, walls, roofs, and attics.
In Portland, Oregon, where the January temperatures average 36 degrees, many homeowners are adopting geothermal heating and cooling for their homes. When a homeowners is considering a high performance heating and cooling system for a new or existing home, they turn to an experienced geothermal system design and installation company.
Home should be a place where you can breathe easy, but today that might not be the case. In this special report, we outline causes of indoor air pollution and discuss solutions available to create a safe and comfortable indoor environment.
Electric radiant heating systems have made significant strides in efficiencies and ease of installation, making homes comfortable throughout the heating months with its quiet heat delivery. Now there is a cooling technology that aspirates the interior air for a quiet, efficient delivery of cool, air conditioned comfort for the summer months.
Poor residential indoor air quality has received much more attention in the past several years. Compounding the problem, the ventilation systems in many older homes are insufficient for the occupied space. This white paper identifies several options that homeowners have to improve air quality, including effective air purification.
Ductless mini splits are gaining in popularity for both new homes and remodeling existing homes. Mini splits – a form of heat pump – provide new levels of energy efficiency for homes. This white paper identifies the benefits that homeowners and building professionals will find when making mini splits a part of a project.
Every home needs ventilation to exchange stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. That’s due to moisture, mold, and chemicals from carpets, clothing, paint, cabinets and other common items. This guide includes everything you need to know about the air in your home and the benefits of proper ventilation.
Insulation is a must when combating cold air, moisture and other potential hazards that can befall an unprotected foundation. This white paper takes a look at some methods for insulating the three most common types of foundations – basements, slabs and crawl spaces.
Geothermal heating and cooling is one of the top ways homeowners can reduce their utility bills as well as their environmental impact. As the housing market has changed and technology has improved, geothermal heating and cooling has become a viable option for existing homes.
weeHouses are built in a factory and shipped with everything essentially complete. The weeHouse can be placed anywhere accessible by truck. The weeHouse system is based on modern aesthetics; efficient use of space, intelligent adaptation of prefab building technology, and good environmental stewardship.
If your house is older than 20 years or so, it may be time to replace your windows. Sure, windows can last a lot longer and they may be a key part of a historic home's charm, but they could be costing you money and wasting energy. This white paper explores some of the options for selecting replacement windows for your home.
Even in countries like the United States, clean, healthy drinking water is under assault. Our municipal authorities are fighting a losing battle as more chemicals and pollutants wind up in our drinking water every year. This guide identifies the potential hazards in your water supply and what you can do to protect your home and family from them.
Operable windows, doors, skylights, and vents can be integrated in a convective method to address the heat buildup in a home and improve indoor air quality. This white paper looks at these ventilation strategies and identifies products that can help you reduce cooling costs and improve the health in your home.
EcoDrain™ is the result of extensive research and development and the testing of hundreds of prototypes that has resulted in a device that saves energy, money, and allows you to take longer showers without increasing your carbon footprint.
The average shower lasts eight minutes and takes 10 gallons of hot water. As the water washes over your body and runs down the drain, it usually carries a significant amount of heat and energy with it. Now there's a way to capture that wasted heat that flows down the drain.
The heat trapped inside an attic can cause temperatures to surpass 160 degrees. That means HVAC systems are working harder than they should have to, affecting durability, longevity and, in the immediate term, resulting in escalating cooling costs. This white paper identifies proper insulation and sealing techniques for a home's attic space.
When it's time to choose a water heater for a new home, or replace an existing one that's no longer performing well, there are some things you should know. This white paper reviews the top three things to consider when you're shopping for a new water heater.
Fans are a vital part of a home's indoor air quality system. They help control moisture in the home, as well as exhaust stale air that can contain irritants and pollutants. There are several control and switch options that help you move beyond the simple on-off switch and provide a new level of control and comfort.
EcoDrain's B1000 Heat Exchanger is a heat exchanger that recaptures heat from waste water, making sure less energy leaves the building everyday. Available as a complete unit and also as a heat exchange kit to be attached to an existing cast iron drain pipes.
Tap water is treated to protect against disease-causing organisms, or pathogens, by adding disinfectants. However, some microbial pathogens are highly resistant to traditional practices and disinfectants themselves can react to form health risks. This white paper identifies health risks found in tap water and how to protect yourself.
Most older homes don't have a tight building envelope. That means air flows through cracks and crevices in the home, making it difficult – and expensive – to heat and cool. However, the owner of a 12,000 square foot historic home in Rhode Island wanted to completely renovate the home and retrofit it with geothermal heating and cooling.
Unique in shape and design, BEST® range hoods enable you to express your individuality with a twist on the traditional. This catalog allows your imagination to run free and design the gathering space of your dreams where you can cultivate your culinary aspirations.
New standards for water heaters will force changes on homeowners, builders and plumbing contractors while saving tons of carbon dioxide emissions and energy at the same time. This white paper explores some of the changes that homeowners and building professionals should understand about home water heaters.
When sealing a home for efficiency purposes, addressing the building’s envelope is integral. Correct attention to sealing and insulating the attic space in a home can mean big returns for the homeowner in value and coziness. This white paper looks at products available that can help a homeowner properly seal and insulate their attic space.
Heating household water is the second largest utility expense of an average home, so it is important to implement ways to reduce monthly water heating costs without sacrificing comfort. Efficiency, comfort and energy savings can be realized by complementing your existing tank water heater with a tankless, electric point-of-use (POU) water heater.
In building a new home for wounded warrior Sgt. Ronny Sweger, Operation Finally Home aims to give him and his family the structure for no cost – or, at least, at as little cost as possible. The project builder, Castlerock Builders, knew one way to make that possible was through the use of geothermal heating and cooling.
For a homeowner with allergies, being in a home with a forced air heating system can be among the worst places to be. This white paper identifies some ways for homeowners to reduce airborne allergens and improve indoor air quality.
Having lived in Southern California almost 60 years, Larry Acker has experienced a lot with regard to water. Larry, CEO of ACT Inc. D'MAND Kontrol® Systems, shares his thoughts on the current water shortage in California and offers a way to reduce wasted water in every American home.
As building codes evolve to require verified performance, it's becoming more important for homebuilders and contractors to understand ventilation design so they can avoid costly mistakes. This white paper identifies the codes that are being adopted by leading green building programs and how to ensure your home is being properly ventilated.
Without properly addressing mold and mildew they can grow fast, acting as an allergen that can cause health problems in existing and newly constructed homes.This white paper identifies areas of the home that are prone to mold and mildew buildup and what homeowners can do to prevent it.
Whether building a new home or considering a facelift on an existing home, there are midrange improvements that you can take to the bank. This white paper identifies some of the top midrange home improvement projects that make your home stand out and give you the highest ROI at selling time.
What's a thermal envelope? The thermal envelope is, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, everything about the house that serves to shield the living space from the outdoors. This white paper explores some of the building science behind creating an excellent thermal envelope for your home.
Today’s new homes are built much differently than those of just a few decades ago. Today, home construction utilizes the latest technologies and products developed to seal the home tightly for energy savings. This white paper looks at the importance of maintaining a healthy living environment through proper home ventilation.
With the advent of new technologies, home efficiencies and the energy saving requirements by both regulations and homeowners there is a relatively new, highly efficient option on the block picking up steam in the new home market: the tankless point-of-use water heater.
D.J. Smith Jr. was injured after attempting to recover two injured soldiers in Afghanistan. Fellow residents back home wanted to help repay Smith for his service and sacrifice by building a practically free home to facilitate his continued recovery. ClimateMaster became one of several companies to donate equipment for the project.
Water heater manufacturers have a choice in re-designing their products: either increase the size of the tank to allow for more insulation to meet new standards or reduce the water storage capacity. This white paper explores why electric tankless water heaters are becoming a more popular option as energy efficiency standards are being raised.
Structural leaks can expose your home to a dangerous health hazard — mold. This white paper identifies one product that is helping builders easily create weather-resistant barriers around windows, doors, corners and irregularly shaped areas of the exterior.
This white paper, sponsored by Solar Innovations, takes a look at passive solar heating, a building technique that utilizes windows, walls, flooring and other non-mechanical or non-electrical devices to gather and distribute solar energy in the form of heat in the winter, and reject heat in the summer.