The windows in a home play crucial dual roles: architectural style and performance. There are numerous factors to consider when selecting a window for your new or remodeled home. This white paper provides an overview of the window options that homeowners should consider when choosing windows for their home.
This guide compares Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) with other forms used in above grade (walls) and below grade applications (foundations). Key factors in selecting the best system for your home are identified.
When water quality for commercial projects is sub-par, equipment suffers damage and inefficiency and there may be the risk of implications for public health. It's important to look at the chemistry in terms of pollutants that could adversely affect equipment or a process.
Introduced in 2006, the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index became the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. This white paper gives an overview of the HERS Index and what RESNET is doing to enhance the consistency of its scores.
A ground source heat pump or geothermal system taps into earth’s natural heating and cooling properties to deliver savings on energy costs. Users can wring even more savings by integrating a geothermal system as a part of a home that includes other high performance systems.
Are you ready to make your home a better, greener place to live? You're not alone. According to Harvards Joint Center for Housing Studies, Americans spend $125 million a year on home renovation projects. This white paper, sponsored by Ply Gem, explores some of the smart steps homeowners can take to update their homes.
The water heater is the second biggest user of energy in a home, and it's one of those appliances that tend to get taken for granted until it doesn't work. Here's a look at some of the factors that influence the life span of a water heater and the way it operates to make sure you have hot water whenever you turn the faucet.
Net zero homes produce as much energy as they consume, through renewable energy sources. One of the best ways to reduce the overall demand for energy is to make geothermal heating and cooling a part of the home.
The Rose Eisendrath House has been restored as Tempe, Arizona’s Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation thanks to several major donors funding the 10-year $4.3 million project. The renovation’s highlights included a patented re-circulatory water pump system that is designed for buildings to save an average of 10,000 gallons of water a year.
This white paper, sponsored by Ply Gem, a manufacturer of a wide range of home exterior products, reviews some of the most well-known green building certification programs. Green building certification can pay off not only in lower energy bills and greater comfort, but also in value for your home.
Contains the most important information needed by consumers to save energy in the home. This highly illustrated booklet also provides solid advice for homeowners who plan to design and build a new home.
National and local home builders alike are utilizing SteadiTred® stair tread panels in their residential building for a number of reasons. From an environmental standpoint, there is less waste as they are manufactured in a controlled environment and shipped to the builder, avoiding the time, cost and waste of on-site cutting of solid lumber.
Much of the water in the United States is considered hard, which means it contains a high level of minerals, usually calcium and magnesium. This white paper identifies some things you should keep in mind if you're thinking about a water softener.
Geothermal heat pump systems can save 30 to 50 percent in heating and cooling costs. But the initial costs for installing the ground loop have been a stumbling block the industry has struggled with for years. However, a new approach to financing the ground loops has made it easier for new communities to adopt geothermal heating and cooling.
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 companies are developing products that have a lower environmental impact. This white paper reviews looks at some of the ways that exterior building products offer sustainable options for your home project.
Many homeowners are considering a tankless water heater as one possible option to meet their needs. There are many reasons to use tankless water heaters, but it's also important to know whether it's the right choice for your home. This white paper identifies factors that you should consider when shopping for a tankless water heater.
Dow Building Solutions and Cobblestone Homes wanted a way to show homebuilders and homeowners alike how using proper insulation and air sealing techniques can significantly impact a structure’s durability, provide for a consistent high level of comfort and shrink monthly energy expenses.
Indoor air quality in homes, buildings, and schools is a silent-yet-critical component in the overall health and well-being of the individuals who inhabit them. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that poor indoor air quality is among the top global environmental health risks.
How could just being in a perfectly normal building make people sick? The condition has been termed “sick building symptom” (SBS). This white paper looks to identify sick building syndrome and ways to prevent it from happening in your home.
Advanced Conservation Technology Distribution, Inc., a California-based manufacturer of the patented D’MAND Kontrol® System, has recently been approved as a vendor for the On-Demand Efficiency (ODE) Program of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®).
The building enclosure or envelope consists of many components that must work together. The components include controls for thermal, air, water, and vapor barriers for heat, air and moisture management. This white paper takes a look at the importance of weather resistive barriers and how it manages moisture in a building's envelope.
Selecting the right water heater for a home can have an ongoing impact on energy bills, as well as home comfort. This guide reviews some recent changes affecting the industry and how homeowners, builders, and contractors can select the best water heater for a home.
Windows can be one of your home's most attractive features. Windows provide views, daylighting, ventilation, and heat from the sun in the winter. One often-overlooked aspect of windows is the operating type of window. This white paper defines a variety of operating types and helps you choose the best one for your home.
Homeowners are realizing the benefits of tankless water heaters. This white paper looks at a few scenarios where tankless water heaters can be used to provide the hot water in your home or boost the energy efficiency of an existing water heater.
Many builders in high-wind zone areas are now building to higher standards to help their customers withstand natural disasters. This white paper looks at one such standard, the FORTIFIED Homes program, and how builders are achieving the certification.
High permeability vs. low permeability within the housewrap category… what does it mean and how does it affect your building practices? The intent of this paper is to explain this property thoroughly so that a better understanding of this building science principle can be gained.
It is important to design wall systems that manage bulk water and moisture properly. Walls are typically designed for performance specific to the climate where they are located. A test-hut protocol was chosen to investigate the performance of typical wall systems under hot-humid climactic conditions.
DuPont™ Tyvek® ThermaWrap™ R5.0 significantly contributes to home energy savings and improves comfort in the home. Energy modeling was completed to simulate a reside/remodel project using a REM/Rate™ analysis, which is the standard software used for HERS ratings.
Selecting glass can be a complicated process. With technologies like processing, layers, thickness, infills, tints, and LowE coatings, there are thousands of glazing options from which to choose. This white paper identifies glass options available and what factors to consider when selecting the best fit for your home.
Geothermal is the new alternative to energy efficient heating and cooling. Fortunately, there are ways to take control of your heating and cooling bills and lessen your impact on the environment at the same time.
Everyone knows that solar and wind are renewable energy sources. But there's another renewable resource that's often overlooked: geothermal heating and cooling. This guide provides a general overview of geothermal technology and it’s applications in high performance homes.
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. This white paper reviews some of the key features to consider when selecting windows.
Buyers familiarize themselves with product information on manufacturers’ websites, consult peer review and pour over discussion forums. In turn, manufacturers and dealers have been challenged with responding to a much altered sales process. This White Paper will help clarify who today’s buyers are and provide insights into how to sell to them.
This white paper describes the features and benefits of the unique ODL, Inc., doorglass framing systems for exterior steel and fiberglass doors, including easy installation, energy efficiency, tested performance, quality assurance and value-driven manufacturing.
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.
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.