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Sheathing for a Stronger and Greener Home

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...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Huber Engineered Woods


Transform Your Outdoor Living Space with Sustainable, Low Maintenance Fencing and Stone Veneer

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Ply Gem


Create a Tight Building Envelope with High-Performance Exterior Products

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Ply Gem


Metal Roofing Provides Cool Cash Savings on Utilities

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...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Classic Metal Roofing Systems


Seeing Oneself as a Green Builder

To understand much of what makes a green home so efficient, look no further than its windows. The makeup of the glass panes positioned throughout the structure are pivotal to the performance of a home. This white paper, sponsored by Pella, looks at how energy-efficient windows are designed to meet stringent building codes and standards.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Pella Corporation


Heating and Cooling Your Home with Green Technologies: A Guide to Creating an Energy Efficient Home

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.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: Bosch Thermotechnology Corp.


Building Products that Simplify Construction Process Mitigate Skilled Labor Shortage

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Huber Engineered Woods


Safe UV Filtration for Your Water Supply Provides Bacteria-Free and Virus-Free Assurance

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Aquasana, Inc.


Energy Efficient Siding with Designer-Matched Colors Take Your Home to a 'Wow!' Level

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...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ProVia


DOE Zero Energy Ready Home: The Proud Green Home at Serenbe

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...

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: ProudGreenHome.com


Balanced Ventilation Delivers Improved Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency for Your Home

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Broan-NuTone


The Practical Benefits of Understanding Air-to-Air Energy Recovery

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...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Building Performance Equipment


A Cool Metal Roof Helps Homeowners Realize Their Green Home Dream

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.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Metal Sales


Coordinate Your Home's Style with Exterior Design

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Ply Gem


Vinyl Siding Myths Busted

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Ply Gem


Primary Sources of Indoor Air Toxins and Allergens

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Panasonic High Performance Ventilation Solutions


Redefining Solar Hot Water Efficiency

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Sun Bandit


Systems-Built Homes: Many Options and Benefits

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Lindal Cedar Homes


Water Filtration: A Guide to Filtered Water for Your Home and Its Effects on Your Health

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...

Type: Guide

Sponsor: Aquasana, Inc.


Manufacturer of Exterior Building Products Introduces Energy-Efficient Fiberglass Door

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...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ProVia


One of the First Energy Efficient Homes in North America Used BPE Ventilation Systems

One of the first completely energy efficieny homes in North America, the Saskatchewan Conservation House, installed a BPE-XE-MIR 200 to reduce energy requirements and provide fresh outdoor air.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Building Performance Equipment


Tapping into Bodies of Water for Economical, Efficient Energy

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...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ClimateMaster


Use ICF Window, Door Bucks for Faster Construction and Improved Thermal Envelope

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...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


Company Uses Building Performance Equipment ERV to Properly Ventilate Toxic Workspace

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...

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Building Performance Equipment


Use Spot Ventilation to Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

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,...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Broan-NuTone


For Plumbing Peace of Mind, Replace Your Toilet and Faucet Water Supply Line

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...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fluidmaster


Your Roof's Weight Should Be a Top Priority

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Classic Metal Roofing Systems


National and Local Incentives Make Geothermal Affordable

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...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ClimateMaster


Precision Engineering, Breathtaking Beauty and Environmentally Conscious Homes

Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright said, “No house should ever be on any hill or on anything. It should be of the hill, belonging to it, so hill and house could live together each the happier for the other.” This...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Lindal Cedar Homes


Greenspur's OneNest Project Profile

OneNest Project is a labor of love, bringing together a thoughtful team that plans to build the homes of the future without losing the style and romance of traditional architecture. The project combines the latest material science and design to...

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: LG HVAC


LG Art Cool Gallery Brochure

Express your individual sense of style while cooling or heating your living or working space with these attractive, duct-free split systems from LG. Available in a variety of finishes — including a customizable model — the interior, wall-mounted unit can be subtle or splashy — it’s up to you.

Type: Brochure

Sponsor: LG HVAC


The ROI of Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV)

Many factors exist to support the installation of an energy recovery ventilation (ERV) system. The highly efficient method of conditioning home air can dramatically improve indoor air quality and lead to a greener planet. Another significant reason is cost savings - an ERV system can pay for itself in as little as three years.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Building Performance Equipment


Get the Lead Out: How Lead Gets into Our Drinking Water and Its Toxic Effects

Lead has been a concerning health issue for centuries. Today, lead enters our drinking water in a number of silent ways. It arrives in our atmosphere from industrial processes and the lead additive, tetraethyllead, is still added to millions of...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Aquasana, Inc.


Select Replacement Windows for Durability and Energy Efficiency

If your house is older than 20 years or so, it may be time to replace your windows. New window materials and technologies available today can pay for themselves over time by cutting your energy bills and eliminating maintenance. This white paper, sponsored by Ply Gem, explores some of the options for selecting replacement windows for your home.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Ply Gem


How to Select High Performance Windows for Your Home

Heating and cooling costs are a big part of household's budget. You can take control of those costs by using high-performance, energy-efficient windows in your home. There are many different types of designs, finishes and glass coatings, not to mention...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Ply Gem


Using Green Building Products and Techniques Saves Time and Money

Some builders tend to focus on energy efficiencies and sustainable initiatives that benefit the homeowner after the home is completed. However, more builders are now realizing that green efforts during the construction phase can save time, money and reduce environmental...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Norbord, Inc.


Use Insulated Concrete Forms for a Storm Resistant, Energy-Efficient Home

News footage of homes devastated by tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes make the point all too clear: most traditionally built homes won’t survive a severe event. That’s why homes built with insulated concrete forms are becoming a popular choice in areas...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


Hot Water on Demand

Water conservation is important for the environment, municipal water systems and household budgets. Turning on a faucet for hot water and waiting for it to heat up wastes 7,000 to 10,000 gallons of water a year for a typical household....

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ACT D'MAND Systems


What is LEED for Homes and How Can Geothermal Heating and Cooling Play a Role?

Green home certifications are gaining in popularity as homeowners and builders recognize the value comes with third-party verification of a home's sustainability and performance. One of the most popular green certifications is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bosch Thermotechnology Corp.


River Lodge Relies on Geothermal Heating and Cooling to Achieve LEED Certification

The custom home known as River Lodge is a refuge for its busy owners. They wanted their new home to reflect their passion for the environment. That’s why it’s respectful of the pristine wooded setting. And that’s also why it...

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Bosch Thermotechnology Corp.


Save Water with High Performance Toilet Fill Valve

Since 1994, the federal government has mandated that manufacturers sell only toilets that meet a 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) standard. These are known as high efficiency toilets, or low-flow toilets, and carry the WaterSense label from th EPA. As...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fluidmaster


How to Use Engineered Slate Roofing for Stylish Performance in a Green Home

Natural slate has been a favorite roofing material, but building with it is often a costly undertaking. Fortunately engineered slate provides a cost-effective and attractive alternative to natural slate. This white paper, sponsored by Ply Gem, explores some of the advantages that come from using engineered slate in your home project.

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 products companies are developing home exterior products that have a lower environmental impact...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Ply Gem


The Future of Water Conservation

Conserving water means using what is necessary and no more, but there are both simple and complex aspects to water conservation. This white paper, sponsored by ACT D'MAND Kontrol® Systems, looks at some of the ways homeowners can conserve water...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ACT D'MAND Systems


Radiant Heat: What Is Radiant Heat and What Are Its Advantages?

Most of us have lived with forced air heating systems. These systems, utilizing natural gas, propane or fuel oil, heat air within the furnace as its blower forces the heated air throughout the house via ducts. Radiant heat, however, is...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


Fluidmaster's Universal Toilet Flapper Saves Water and Money with Easy Installation

A leaky toilet is a common way that homeowners waste water. It’s also one of the easiest to remedy. A leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water every day, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fluidmaster


Metal Roofing Combines Impressive Curb Appeal with High Energy Efficiency

When metal roofing was in its infancy its purpose was function. Image? Not so much. But today’s metal roofing not only has improved function with great advances in energy efficiency, it has made extensive strides in curb appeal with many...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Classic Metal Roofing Systems


Choose a Metal Roof for Your Residential Solar Panel Mounting System

More and more homeowners are choosing to add solar power to their high-performance homes, but they may overlook an important factor: the roof under the solar panels. This white paper, sponsored by Louisville, Ky.-based Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation, explores the...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Metal Sales


Decentralized Wastewater Treatment: A Proven Option for Small Communities

Conventional sewer operations managed by small communities provide centralized treatment of wastewater of which residents are accustomed. But the expense of operating these systems as they expand with miles and miles of sewer lines is staggering. The cost of conventional...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bio-Microbics


Norbord Launches Onsite App to Educate and Inform Builders, Framers and Home Building Industry

Norbord, an international producer of wood-based panels, has just launched a free, user-friendly, in-field, educational app – Onsite - providing builders, framers and do-it-yourselfers with 21st century tips on how to best manage OSB products from storage through proper installation.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Norbord, Inc.



 

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