Rewatch: Top 10 green building videos for 2014

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Rewatch: Top 10 green building videos for 2014

Take a look back at some of the most popular video content for 2014 on There's been a large interest in the Proud Green Home of St. Louis, as well as innovations in high performance home building. We've covered the latest techniques and technology at trade shows and other events to help satisfy the hunger for knowledge regarding creating high performance homes.

Click on the links in the headlines to go to the video pages to watch the videos.

10.  High performance flashing safeguards against moisture in the Proud Green Home

The primary objective for the wall and roof system of a high-performance home is to provide resistance to weather and wear. The improved ability to withstand the elements is what gives the home higher durability, or resiliency. The envelope of theProud Green Home of St Louis is designed and constructed accordingly to guarantee that the home will not only resist weather but perform effectively and efficiently.

9. How Solar Hybrid Energy Systems Work

Solar hybrid water heating systems provide free energy independence day after day, year after year. How do solar hybrid water heating systems work? This video, sponsored by Sun Bandit Solar Hybrid Energy Systems, explains how the system uses electricity generated by a solar powered micro-grid AC unit and electricity supplied by traditional utilities to heat stored water. This innovative technology provides continuous hot water throughout the day.

8. Prefab home cuts building time

The new Element prefab home model from Blu Homes Inc. is designed to be built in half of the time of a custom home but offers thousands of combinations for personalization.

7. Proud Green Home of St Louis reflects builder and architect vision

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis reflects the vision of its architect and builder to deliver a high performance, yet livable, home to the clients.

Kim Hibbs of Hibbs  Homes and architect Curtiss W. Byrne have collaborated on homes before. But this home project came with specific requirements from the homeowners, and some strict neighborhood mandates that made it a demanding project for the team.

6. Ductless high efficiency heat pump delivers low-cost comfort

A 2013 National Association of Home Builders survey, “What Homebuyers Really Want,” revealed that more than half of U.S. homeowners say the quality of their home’s HVAC system is essential.

A quality HVAC system ranked third among individual home components that homeowners value most, behind only windows and roofing. ENERGY STAR rated appliances were rated either essential or desirable by 94 percent of homeowners in this same survey. Ductless cooling and heating technology represents the crossroads of these two requirements for quality HVAC and energy efficiency.

5. Panelized wall construction reframes green home building science

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis utilized panelized wall construction as part of the building science that will result in a high performance home.

The exterior and interior walls were factory-built by Mattingly Lumber and Millwork in Madison, Illinois, along with the roof trusses, and delivered to the job site.

4. Insulation projects are easier with engineered foam panels

At the 2014 Energy & Environmental Building Alliance Conference and Expo, Dean Seibert, vice president of sales for InSoFast, demonstrates the foam panels that make do-it-yourself and whole-house insulation projects a snap.

InSoFast developed and distributes engineered panels that combine continuous insulation with advanced architectural features for both new and retrofit construction projects. The 2×4 ft. panels are embedded with multiple engineered features that make it easy for DIY-ers to literally piece together.

3. Proud Green Home of St. Louis relies on advanced framing

While system components such as the HVAC will likely be upgraded in the future with technology advances, it makes sense to invest in building a better thermal envelope by taking more time to design and examine the finer details, and utilizing advanced materials and methods. Knowing that sustainability is as much about controlling costs and protecting future equity position for our homeowners, we placed a lot of emphasis in building an outstanding high performance system with the sheathing and framing because these are the bones of the home that will be in place for decades to come.

2. Exteriors showroom inspires and educates homeowners and builders

Homeowners and building professionals have a new place to learn about and become inspired by a vision for their home's exterior.

Ply Gem's first Designed Exterior Showroom near Cincinnati, Ohio, offers a complete showroom of exterior building products, from siding and trim to roofing and windows. It's located in the new Marsh Building Products facility at 715 E. Kemper Avenue, Loveland, Ohio, where it's open to Cincinnati area builders, remodelers, architects and homeowners.

1. 1920s bungalow gets deep green retrofit for sustainability studies

The ReNEWW House -- for Retrofitted Net-Zero Energy, Water and Waste – is a multi-year research project in which Whirlpool Corporation is working with Purdue University and other industry partners to retrofit a 1920s vintage home into a net-zero energy, water and zero-waste-to-landfill structure

From the front of the home, it only looks like it underwent an exterior makeover, with new siding, trim and a metal roof. The original brickwork on the porch remains untouched, one of ways the home retains its historic dignity.

Topics: Appliances, Building Green, Certification / LEED, Doors, Energy Audits, Energy & Environmental Building Alliance, Energy Star, Exteriors, Foundations, Geothermal Heating & Cooling, Going Green, Heating & Cooling, Home Design & Plans, Insulation, Maintenance & Repair, Photovoltaic / Solar Panels, Prefabricated Homes / Systems Built Homes / Modular Homes, Proud Green Home of St. Louis, Siding, Solar Power, Sustainability Trends & Statistics, Trade Show, Windows

Companies: Panasonic High Performance Ventilation Solutions, U.S. Department of Energy, Whirlpool Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Solar Solutions, Enertech Global, LLC

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