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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.