A new alternative for high-performance heating and cooling is the duct-free mini split system that offers a number of significant benefits over the traditional forced-air system. This white paper explores the ways in which duct-free HVAC technology contributes to a high performance home.
As building codes demand homes with tighter building envelopes and continuous insulation, home builders and consumers are looking for building strategies that deliver that performance without paying a premium. That’s why homes built with ICFs are becoming a popular choice in many climates.
The ultimate lifespan of steel roof and wall panels depends on the quality of the coating system that protects it. Inferior coatings will not protect the steel substrate from harsh elements, and will be susceptible to corrosion, chalking and color fading.
Millions of homeowners annually purchase asphalt shingle roofs that will only last 20 years at best. Fortunately, this is changing. Homeowners are discovering a far more permanent roofing solution - metal. Explore advantages and dispel some common myths about metal roofing.
Unfortunately, mold has been a fact of life in residential buildings for decades. It's cost the industry many millions of dollars and led to illnesses and disruption for homeowners and their families. This white paper explores a defensive building product that can significantly reduce the threat of mold in a home.
With three out of four homes having contaminants in their water supply, it is important to understand what they may be, and how they may affect you. Today, according to an EWG study, 316 contaminants have been found in US drinking water. This white paper reveals the top ten contaminants in our drinking water today and how they get there.
If you’ve ever spent time in a stuffy attic on a hot summer day, you’ve experienced the effects of radiant heat. The roof absorbs the heat, which transfers to other attic surfaces, including air ducts and flooring. This white paper reveals one roofing product that creates a radiant barrier, making your home more comfortable and energy efficient.
According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, California has 14 communities on the brink of waterlessness. With no immediate relief in sight from nature’s grip on water, and with the water distribution systems deteriorating at an alarming rate, there is a need for innovation and long-term implementation of water saving initiatives.
Controlling the level of sunlight shining into a home is vital to a structure’s efficiency. But minimizing the impact of natural light and making it work in the home’s favor doesn’t mean completely changing the building’s appearance; it’s a matter of effective design and installing the proper solutions.
To help builders get a home to the point of net zero, manufacturers are constantly evolving their products with new designs and innovations to reduce overall energy consumption. This white paper reveals how one manufacturer is offering affordable, energy efficient solutions for an important part of the home - windows.
It doesn’t make sense to let power-consuming objects continue to consume power when they’re not in use. The same holds true for water heaters. As more U.S. homeowners give up the tank, the question about energy source becomes critical. This white paper compares tankless water heaters, highlighting important points of consideration.
Replacement windows, and original windows in a newly constructed home, are among the most important investments of a home. Not only do they need to keep the harsh elements out while keeping the indoors comfortable, they need to reflect the character of the home. This white paper identifies a few energy efficient window options available.
Developing methods to treat and recycle our wastewater for safe reuse is paramount, especially as our world population continues to grow and contaminants affect our limited supplies of fresh groundwater. This white paper takes a look at membrane bioreactor systems (MBS), one of the wastewater treatment systems that is making water reuse possible.
Adequate home ventilation is critical to a healthy environment. People with asthma, allergies and other sensitivities breathe easier with clean air. This white paper explains how adequate ventilation can improve indoor air quality by removing airborne irritants, pollutants and lowering the likelihood of mold and mildew.
To ensure a high level of energy efficiency in new residential construction, building standards are now requiring the use of continuous insulation on the outside of a building, providing an uninterrupted layer across all structural members of a wall. This white paper explores one building system that's gaining ground - insulated concrete forms.
Over the course of a year, a net-zero home will produce as much or more energy than it uses. The energy production typically comes from renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind and biomass. This white paper looks at some of the systems that builders are implementing to achieve net-zero status.
Located on just more than three acres, Washington Village is a net-zero community in the heart of North Boulder, Colorado. One of the homes uses a very tightly sealed building envelope and a ground source heat pump to deliver net-zero performance. This case study looks at the systems used to make this such a high performance home.
Since ClimateMaster began partnering with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity 10 years ago, the relationship has blossomed into a collaboration that has benefitted scores of local low-income families by putting them into affordable housing and in homes that rank among the most efficient available when it comes to heating and cooling.
As Bill Kelly of Kelly Brothers Painting began planning his new business facility in Truckee, California two years ago there was one clear objective: achieve the maximum energy efficiency possible. This case study explains how the owner decided that radiant heating was the best option, providing instant comfort and savings.
To understand much of what makes a green home so efficient, look no further than its windows. The makeup of the glass is pivotal to keeping the heat and cold from seeping in at the wrong times of the year. This white paper looks at how energy-efficient windows are designed to improve the performance and comfort of a home.
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.
In this age of heightened environmental consciousness, consumers and construction professionals alike strive to build stronger, greener homes. That means continually finding ways to heighten energy efficiency, while lessening environmental degradation in the process. A relatively new innovation that can differentiate a green home is...
When choosing products for the exterior of your home, it's always good to consider maintenance and durability as well as the beauty of what you choose. Stone veneers offer the beauty of natural stone with low maintenance requirements, and less environmental impact during manufacturing. This white paper explores some of the benefits of stone veneer.
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.
There was a time when American homeowners, for the most part, simply thought the only roofing was asphalt shingles. Roofs were heavy and hot. Today, homeowners look for attributes that reduce monthly expenditures, have a minimal impact on the environment and provide curbside appeal. These attributes can be found under one kind of roof...
The EPA says more than 40 percent of the energy use in a home goes to heating and hot water. We can reduce this energy use by up to 50 percent through more efficient heating. This guide reviews some of the key products and technologies that directly address the major energy uses in the home.
The most detrimental outcome of the recent recession is the shortage of skilled labor. Some experts estimate that the labor deficit has added 30 percent to the average time it takes to build a home. This white paper looks at some of the products that builder are using to offset the effects of the labor shortage.
Ultraviolet (UV) light is used in the food industry to sanitize a host of products and packaging. But many homeowners are unaware that UV filtration systems are readily available for residential water supplies. This white paper looks at some of the available UV filtration systems and how they disinfect your water without changing its taste or odor.
Homeowners have never been more focused on energy efficiency than they are today. They want to reduce utility bills and minimize their footprint pollution without compromising the attractiveness of their home. This white paper looks at exterior products that provide beauty, durability, sustainability and...
Home builder Luis Imery has built a home any homeowner would be proud of, the first U.S. Department of Energy-certified DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in the state of Georgia. The Proud Green Home was constructed in...
Indoor air can be up to 10 times more polluted than outdoor air, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That’s one reason indoor air quality is a key factor in the health and comfort for homeowners. This white paper reviews some of the top considerations in developing a whole-house ventilation strategy for a new or existing home.
Most homeowners care about one number when they invest in energy recovery ventilation products - the amount of money saved. However, an opportunity exists to understand thermal exchanges and the relative benefits of one technology over another...
Homeowners Ronda and Nigel Farrar knew they wanted to build a high-performance green home that would showcase the best in building science. Their vision was a home that would respect its surroundings near Escondido, California, and serve as a model for green design. They achieved this dream of a Net-Zero energy design using a metal roof.
Designing the exterior look and feel of a home can be a daunting task. However, working with a company that can serve as a single source for all the necessary exterior elements, ranging from vinyl siding to trim, can help you create a beautiful, customized home exterior that is also energy efficient and easy to maintain.
Vinyl siding is a great choice for both new homes and remodeling existing homes. As other types of exterior cladding come on the market, it’s easy to be swayed by the latest and greatest product announcement. This white paper explores some of the myths around vinyl siding that could stop you from making the best choice for your home.
Ventilation fans can dramatically improve the comfort of a home or apartment’s atmosphere, and in some cases even help the occupants live better. This white paper addresses several sources of indoor air contamination, some of which are well known. Others will be less so.
Efficiency is often considered the gold standard by which to compare solar power systems. However, a solar water heating system should be selected by the overall effectiveness of the system rather than the efficiency of the collectors. This white paper looks at some of the key factors for selecting the best solar water heating system.
For decades, home building systems have provided home owners a wide variety of benefits and features over traditional stick-built homes. Manufacturers utilizing building systems specialize in many different styles of homes and materials. This white paper gives an overview of systems-built homes and the many options and benefits that they offer.
There has never been a more critical time for understanding what is delivered to your family every day through the faucet. Most of us assume it’s just water. Whether you are connected to a municipal water supply or you live...
ProVia, manufacturer of exterior building products, has developed the most energy-efficient door in the U.S. market – the new Embarq™ Fiberglass Entry System. This achievement as the most energy-efficient door in the U.S. is not a self-proclaimed status. The performance...
Engineering concepts have longed harnessed the power of water. They use it to carve formations in rock. They use it to produce steam to run machines in manufacturing operations. The geothermal community channels water to heat and cool homes in...
Insulated concrete forms (ICFs) are rigid plastic foam forms that hold concrete in place during curing and remain in place to serve as thermal insulation for concrete walls. For many insulated concrete form (ICF) systems, one weak point has been...
A small company in Colorado that designs and hand-builds rafts with the best materials and techniques available. In a small 12 x 20 space, they are continually using toxic acetone based glue to seal the edge of patches and repair...
Every home needs ventilation to exchange indoor air with fresh outdoor air. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that indoor air may be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. That’s due to moisture, mold,...
Water leaking from a toilet or faucet can be a big waste of money and can cause damage to your home. Whether you’re installing new fixtures or trying to stop leaks in old ones, sometimes the culprit may be the...
Metal roofing has quadrupled its market share in the past decade due to a list of strong, proven benefits and features over other roofing options. This white paper explores important features sometimes overlooked - the structural weight advantage of a metal roof over other material options.
The lure of geothermal systems is attractive: clean, efficient heating and cooling and minuscule monthly energy bills compared to traditional air-handling methods. Hooking consumers, however, isn’t always so easy. It’s at least becoming easier, thanks to an array of incentives...