Point-of-Use Water Heating: Electric Option Usually Best

Point-of-Use Water Heating: Electric Option Usually Best

There have been significant improvements in recent years to often-needed supplemental heating of household water. Among them are point-of-use (POU) tankless heaters typically installed under the kitchen, a bathroom sink or nearby any hot water fixture.

Green Gab Podcast | The Green Side of Vinyl Siding

Green Gab Podcast | The Green Side of Vinyl Siding

Matt Dobson of the Vinyl Siding Institute joins the Green Gab today.  Matt and Matt work together on the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) subcommittee on Sustainability and Green Building which Matt recently chaired.

Turning up the heat

Turning up the heat

There’s always a trade-off to doing drywall during the wintertime. I want to be able to finish off the taping process quickly, but it needs to be warm enough inside my house for the installation to go smoothly.

Wasted Energy in AC/DC Conversions Calls for Innovation, R&D

Wasted Energy in AC/DC Conversions Calls for Innovation, R&D

Today commercial buildings use between 33-50% of all AC electricity produced and distributed by public utilities in the United States. These same buildings also use a majority of digital electronic devices that are inherently DC powered.

Plastics Make a Tiny House More Energy Efficient

Plastics Make a Tiny House More Energy Efficient

During these unpredictable winter months, consumers can run some of their highest energy bills. A Tiny House – designed and built by Zack Giffin, co-host of Tiny House Nation – used innovative plastic materials and multi-purpose décor to offer a...

Is Classroom Air Quality Hindering Learning?

Is Classroom Air Quality Hindering Learning?

Many schools are looking to close the achievement gap and foster learning among all students. Although processed foods, socio-economic conditions, ADHD, and learning disabilities are common culprits, environmental factors are often overlooked. Is indoor air quality a missing ingredient in promoting learning?

Zoned HVAC Delivers That Perfect Room Temperature

Zoned HVAC Delivers That Perfect Room Temperature

VRFs have been the system of choice in Europe, Japan, China and other parts of the world for quite some time.

A brand new look for a brand new year

A brand new look for a brand new year

There's no better way for me to kick off this new year than with a home that's getting to be almost ready to move into.

Changing Form of the American Family Requires New Thinking

Changing Form of the American Family Requires New Thinking

A new home could offer flexibility and foresight into multi-generational living for little to no extra cost.

Cutting Edge Technologies to Consider for Home Efficiency

Cutting Edge Technologies to Consider for Home Efficiency

Looking not-so-far-back a couple of generations when indoor toilets were replacing outhouses, we see quite a quantum leap in technological advances for our home comforts. Electric, tankless water heaters now provide endless hot water on demand without the 24/7/365 waste of energy used by the dinosaur tank heaters found in our basements.

Russian Masonry Stove Heats High-Performance Home

Russian Masonry Stove Heats High-Performance Home

Many wood-burning appliances do not use wood efficiently and aren’t well suited for a high-performance house. When Chip Wick was envisioning his new home in Northport, Maine, he was inspired by using solar energy and locally-grown wood for power and heat.

A New Year’s Toast to Winery Innovation

A New Year’s Toast to Winery Innovation

Domaine de la Cressonnière in Pignans, France enlisted the consistent, self-regulating heat provided by STEP Heater to heat individual vats of wine by wrapping them with the thin, strong and flexible Nano Polycarbon membrane.

A race against the cold

A race against the cold

As far as winters go, we’ve been pretty lucky over these past several years with fewer snowstorms and milder temperatures overall. But it looks like this winter could be a colder one, and I need to get the insulation on my new home buttoned up before the snow arrives.

ICF BIM Data Available for Building Pros

ICF BIM Data Available for Building Pros

Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is sweeping the commercial building industry. BIM is a 3-D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the tools to plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure more efficiently. Fox Blocks...

One Size Does NOT Fit All

One Size Does NOT Fit All

Electric, tankless water heaters have come a long way, providing endless hot water for all demands in your home and business.

What Is the Cost of a New HVAC System?

What Is the Cost of a New HVAC System?

Your HVAC system isn't necessarily something you spend time thinking about, yet that's the feature most people are dissatisfied with after they've settled into their home. It's important to find the right heating and cooling system, and that includes finding one you can afford.

Compliment your existing tank heater with a booster

Compliment your existing tank heater with a booster

An electric, tankless water heater is a wonderful booster to compliment your existing tank heater.

Build with ICFs for Fire Safety

Build with ICFs for Fire Safety

In addition to energy savings and quiet comfort, another reason to build insulated concrete forms is resistance to fire.

Eleven Years After Installation Radiant Heating System Gets Warm Review

Eleven Years After Installation Radiant Heating System Gets Warm Review

Before Lonnie C. of Loudonville, NY had a STEP Warmfloor radiant heating system installed in 2006 he researched it thoroughly.

How Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems Work with Solar

How Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems Work with Solar

The United States ranks eighth out of the world's top energy-consuming countries in efficiency. How can we make homes and buildings more energy-efficient? Combine a geothermal heating, cooling, and hot water system with a solar energy system.

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