Countdown: Top 10 videos of 2015

Countdown: Top 10 videos of 2015

Rendering courtesy of Civic Consultants.

As video continues to be the top form of online communication, we're looking back at the most popular videos on for 2015.

While not all of the videos were produced in 2015, they received significant traffic and social media attention to vault them into the Top 10 most viewed videos for the year.

Here's a look back at what you viewed, starting with No. 10 and leading to the most popular video of the year. To watch each video, click on the link. We've included the No. 1 video for your viewing pleasure.

10. New bathroom fan technology includes wireless speakers and sensors that detect humidity on rise

Forget singing in the rain; it’s singing in the shower that people love to do. In fact, a recent study found that 75 percent of Americans use their smartphones and mobile devices in the bathroom, primarily for streaming music or listening to the news. 

Ann Roever with Broan-NuTone reviews new ventilation fan technology.

In this video from the International Builders' show, Ann Roever, marketing director, household ventilation for Broan-NuTone, explains some of the latest in bathroom fan technology, including the new Broan Ventilation Fan with Sensonic Stereo Speakers that allows consumers to easily enjoy music or their favorite audio, wirelessly, from their own devices during their morning routines.

9. Ducted mini split heating and cooling from LG for the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Architect Chris Laumer-Giddens of LG Squared Inc. gives an overview of the heating and air conditioning installation at the Proud Green Home at Serenbe. The ducted mini split system from LG Electronics delivers a highly efficient environment for maximum home comfort in the Georgia climate.

8. Smart Ecovent solves HVAC problems in your home

Tired of hot and cold spots in your home, and wasting energy in rooms you're not using? You can add zoning control to a standard forced air furnace with the Ecovent system.

Ecovent solves the problem of having rooms in homes that are too hot or too cold for households with central air heating and cooling, by allowing homeowners to control the temperature of each room individually. Ecovent’s wireless system of sensors and vents automatically directs airflow to rooms where hot or cool air is needed. In initial installs, Ecovent said it dropped the temperature difference between floors from 15°F to 2°F while running the heating and cooling system 30 percent less.

7. IBS Interview: Ty Pennington talks spray foam insulation

After using spray foam insulation on a number of home renovation projects, TV's Ty Pennington talked about the benefits of a well insulated home.

Ty Pennington at IBS 2015. talked with Ty at the Lapolla Industries booth at the International Builders' Show, where the conversation ranged over many building science topics, along with Doug Kramer, president and CEO of Lapolla.

6. GE launches 80 gallon hybrid GeoSpring water heater

With new energy efficiency requirements looming, GE has announced an 80-gallon Energy Star ENERGY STAR-qualified GeoSpring hybrid electric heat pump water heaters. The new unit will exceed the U.S. Department of Energy’s new energy efficiency standards for all electric water heaters larger than 55 gallons. The new mandate will take effect in April 2015.

GE says The 80-gallon GeoSpring will clock in as the most efficient way to heat water and is ideal for homes over 3,000 square feet or homes that have more than 3.5 baths.

5. Proud Green Home of St Louis open house scheduled

The St. Louis project follows on the success of the first Proud Green Home of Serenbe located near Atlanta, Georgia. The Proud Green Home of St. Louis was constructed to deliver sustainable benefits to its owners and to educate and inspire building professionals and consumers about the benefits of building and living green.

4. New technology makes grey water reuse simple

Re-using greywater is the next frontier in battling drought and rising utility costs, and new technology makes it easier to adapt new or existing homes to use less water.

Greywater is wastewater from bathtubs, showers, bathroom sinks, washing machines, dishwashers, and kitchen sinks - any source other than toilets and urinals. It accounts for the largest portion of wastewater from a typical home, up to 40 gallons per person each day.

At Greenbuild 2014, Jim Bell, executive vice president with Bio-Microbics, talked with about some of the waste water treatment technology that can be used in residential installation.

3. CertainTeed Sustainable Building Products - Interview at Greenbuild in Philadelphia

An interview with Martha Strick of CertainTeed at Greenbuild in Philadelphia. Martha tells us about the Apollo II PV Roofing System and how it integrates into the roof of new and existing homes. It's low-profile, aesthetically pleasing and decreases waste from shingles.

2. Carrier boosts ductless HVAC system efficiency

Ductless mini split HVAC systems are among the most energy efficient options on the market, and Carrier's new line offers some of the top performing units available.

As the use of ductless mini splits grows in the U.S. market, more homeowners and building professionals are understanding the value of systems that move only refrigerant and don't rely on air blowing through duct systems.

1. New home plans position ICF for affordable, efficient, storm resistant housing

Four insulated concrete form houses in a low-income housing project in Louisville are among the first built with home plans for affordable housing that could be a game changer for residential construction.

While insulated concrete forms (ICFs) have been popular building options for decades, the technology has generally been confined to custom homes and commercial projects.

Insulated concrete forms are rigid foam forms that hold concrete in place during curing and remain in place to serve as thermal insulation for concrete walls. The foam blocks or planks are lightweight and result in durable, energy-efficient construction.

However, the affordable ICF homes are part of a revitalization project at Louisville's Sheppard Square development to provide energy-efficient mixed income housing. Sheppard Square was a 70-year-old low-income housing project in the Smoketown section of Louisville, Kentucky's largest city.

Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Connected Homes / Smart Homes, Cost of Ownership, Going Green, Heating & Cooling, Insulated Concrete Forms - ICF, Insulation, Proud Green Home at Serenbe, Proud Green Home of St. Louis, Ventilation, Wastewater Treatment, Water Filtration & Water Quality, Water Heaters, Water Saving Devices

Companies: Carrier, CertainTeed, Bio-Microbics, General Electric, LG Squared, Inc., Fox Blocks

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