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Entry Doors with Customized Efficiency and Style for Homeowners

A drafty door is one of the most common points of heat loss in a home during cold months, as well as air conditioning loss in the summer months. Doors are exposed to harsh elements, constantly being subjected to snow, sleet, rain and direct sunshine. This white paper identifies insulated door products available on the market to today.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ProVia


An Easy Installation for Maintenance-Free Roof De-Icing

If you live north of that intangible line where the winter months change from chilly to extremely cold you know what ice buildup on roofs is all about. Ice dams are formed when accumulating snow on the roof is melted from heat loss through the roof and solar heat warming the roofing material.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


Home Lighting Options Now More Efficient

One of the fastest ways a homeowner can cut energy costs is to switch to more efficient lighting options, the U.S. Department of Energy says. On average, lighting accounts for about 5% of a household energy bill, and lighting choices also can impact the costs of heating or cooling a home.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Solatube


Mitsubishi Electric Photovoltaic Modules Brochure

For a long-term investment like photovoltaics, it is crucial to have a reliable and stable manufacturer to honor its warranties and provide lasting support. Mitsubishi Electric is the brand name that you can trust to be there for you in the long run.

Type: Brochure

Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric Solar Solutions


Structured Plumbing Used in Proud Green Home's Energy Efficient Home Project

A highly energy efficient home recently built in St. Louis under the direction and partnership of ProudGreenHome.com, Hibbs Homes, Verdatek Solutions, Curtiss W. Bryne Architect and the High Performance Buildings Research Center includes the latest home efficiencies for energy savings and a healthy living environment.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ACT D'MAND Systems


Systems Built Homes Adapt to Needs of Today's Home in Style, Engineering and Efficiency

According to the Department of Energy, insulation is the number one recommended choice for energy efficiency savings. During the planning of a systems built home, engineers and local dealers work to determine the amount of insulation that provides the best R-value for a home in a specific geographic area.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Lindal Cedar Homes


Use Duct-Free HVAC Technology to Build a High-Performance Home

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: LG HVAC


Understand the True Cost of Building with Insulated Concrete Forms

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


Metal Sales™ MS Colorfast45® Offers Protective Coating for a Metal Roof

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.

Type: Brochure

Sponsor: Metal Sales


Metal Sales™ Design & Performance Options

Design and performance options for Metal Sales™ metal roofs.

Type: Brochure

Sponsor: Metal Sales


Metal Sales™ Common Myths of Metal Roofing

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.

Type: Brochure

Sponsor: Metal Sales


Stop Mold Dead with Defensive Building Practices

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Eco Building Products


The Top Ten Contaminants That May Be Lurking in Your Water Supply

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Aquasana, Inc.


Stop Radiant Heat at the Roof for a More Energy Efficient Home

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Huber Engineered Woods


Water Saving Innovation Saves Money for Drought Stricken Southwest Region and Beyond

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ACT D'MAND Systems


Three Ways to Control Sunlight in the Home

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Pella Corporation


Understanding Net Zero Building

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Pella Corporation


Tankless Water Heaters: Electric or Gas?

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: EcoSmart Green Energy Products


What to Look for in Replacement (and New Construction) Windows

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ProVia


Membrane Bioreactor Systems Provide Opportunities for Water Reuse

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bio-Microbics


Learn the Basics of Indoor Air Quality for Healthy Living

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Broan-NuTone


Create a Building Envelope with Continuous Insulation Using Insulated Concrete Forms

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


How to Create a Net Zero Home with Geothermal Heating and Cooling

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bosch Thermotechnology Corp.


Urban Development Uses Geothermal Heating and Cooling for Green Living

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.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Bosch Thermotechnology Corp.


The Gift of Geothermal: ClimateMaster Brings Efficient Heating and Cooling to Habitat for Humanity Homes

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.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: ClimateMaster


Small Business Enjoys Comfort and Energy Efficiency of Radiant Heat in New Facility

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.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


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 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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Pella Corporation


A Guide to Home Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality

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.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: Broan-NuTone


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


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.


Energy-Efficient Window Designs

New designs and materials make windows more efficient than ever before, helping to save money and decrease the impact on the environment.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ProudGreenHome.com


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



 

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