According to Energy Star, heating and cooling costs the average homeowner more than $1,000 per year, or about half the home's total energy bill. Investing in roofing that can lower those costs can pay off in lower utility bills and...
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.
Today’s contractors have applied innovative materials and new framing techniques to meet and exceed the demand for energy efficient homes. This white paper identifies some of the new wall sheathing products that are minimizing air leakage, energy expense and labor costs.
Although tighter homes save energy and reduce the impact on the environment, people still need air to breathe, and ventilation can remove or dilute indoor pollutants for better indoor air quality. This white paper takes a look at current building codes and how high performance homes need to be designed with ventilation in mind.
Replacing a failed system never comes at a good time, and the cost can be several thousands of dollars.This white paper, sponsored by Bio-Microbics, looks at one alternative option to replacing a septic system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.