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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. 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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Ply Gem


Fight the Health Hazards Hiding in Your Water

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.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: Environmental Water Systems


Innovative Home Ventilation Strategies Reduce Cooling Costs, Improve Health

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Solar Innovations


EcoDrain High Performance Heat Exchanger Manual

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.

Type: User Manual

Sponsor: EcoDrain


Take the Best Shower of Your Life and Stop Wasting Energy

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: EcoDrain


The Importance of Protecting Attics in Warmer Months

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Dow Building Solutions


3 Things to Know When Shopping For a New Water Heater

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bradford White Water Heaters


Know the Control Options for Home Ventilation Fans

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Broan-NuTone


EcoDrain High Performance Drain Heat Exchanger

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.

Type: User Manual

Sponsor: EcoDrain


Do You Know the Dangers Hiding in Your Tap Water?

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Environmental Water Systems


Historic Home Gets a Geothermal Upgrade

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.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Bosch Thermotechnology Corp.


BEST® Energy Efficient Range Hoods Catalog

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.

Type: Catalog

Sponsor: BEST® Energy Efficient Range Hoods


DuPont™ Tyvek® HomeWrap® Building Science Bulletin

DuPont created DuPont™ Tyvek® HomeWrap® to have the optimum balance of properties for superior performance against the elements, including air and moisture.

Type: Fact Sheet

Sponsor: DuPont Building Innovations


What You Need to Know About New Water Heater Regulations

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bradford White Water Heaters


Understanding Your Home's Thermal Envelope

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Demilec


Point-of-Use Electric Tankless Water Heating Complements Existing Tank Water Heater

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: EcoSmart Green Energy Products


Geothermal to Provide Comfort, Low Energy Costs to Wounded Warrior

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ClimateMaster


Allergies and Your Home Heating System

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


Who Says There Is a Drought in California?

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.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: ACT D'MAND Systems


Ensure Home Ventilation Fans Are Performing to Code

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Broan-NuTone


Water Filters: Don't Be Fooled by the Deception of Taste

This white paper takes a look at the deception of taste and identifies steps you can take to help ensure your home's drinking water is safe.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Environmental Water Systems


Ventilation and Moisture are Key to Tackling Mold and Mildew

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Panasonic High Performance Ventilation Solutions


Solar Power and Seasonal Issues: What is Weather's Effect on Solar Success?

This white paper looks to answer some common questions a homeowner may have about the seasonal performance of a solar power system.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric Solar Solutions


Today's Residential Greenhouses: Grown with Efficiency and Imagination

This white paper takes a look at how residential greenhouses have evolved to become more efficient and identifies questions to keep in mind if you're considering one.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Solar Innovations


Increase Home Resale Value with Eye-Catching Midrange Improvements

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ProVia


Effects of the Thermal Envelope on Home Energy Efficiency

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


Health Benefits of Proper Home Ventilation

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Panasonic High Performance Ventilation Solutions


Point-of-Use Tankless Hot Water Units Gaining Steam in New Home Construction

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: EcoSmart Green Energy Products


How Heating a Home Affects Your Health

This white paper identifies the health issues associated with poor indoor air quality and identifies an alternative heating approach that creates a healthier indoor environment.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


Defending the Homefront: Geothermal Equipment Contributed to Injured Veteran's New Home

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.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: ClimateMaster


Interest in Electric Tankless Water Heaters Heating Up

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: EcoSmart Green Energy Products


Stretch Tape Creates Moisture Barrier around Windows, Door and Corners

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Huber Engineered Woods


EWS Home Spectrum Series | Central Whole House Water Filtration

The most versatile and best-selling whole home filtration appliance in the USA. And for good reason.

Type: Brochure

Sponsor: Environmental Water Systems


Passive Solar Heating: A New Century of Innovation

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Solar Innovations


High-Energy Efficiency in New Home Construction Begins with Framing

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Norbord, Inc.


How to Manage Home Ventilation for Better Indoor Air Quality and Comfort

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Broan-NuTone


Your Septic System: Ignorance Is Not Bliss

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bio-Microbics


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


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



 

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