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Stair Tread Panels Offer Builders a Step in the Right Direction

Stair Tread Panels Offer Builders a Step in the Right Direction

National and local home builders alike are utilizing SteadiTred® stair tread panels in their residential building for a number of reasons. From an environmental standpoint, there is less waste as they are manufactured in a controlled environment and shipped to the builder, avoiding the time, cost and waste of on-site cutting of solid lumber.

What You Need to Know About Hard Water

What You Need to Know About Hard Water

Much of the water in the United States is considered hard, which means it contains a high level of minerals, usually calcium and magnesium. This white paper identifies some things you should keep in mind if you're thinking about a water softener.

Utility Ground Loop Service Model Transforms Geothermal Heating and Cooling Costs

Utility Ground Loop Service Model Transforms Geothermal Heating and Cooling Costs

Geothermal heat pump systems can save 30 to 50 percent in heating and cooling costs. But the initial costs for installing the ground loop have been a stumbling block the industry has struggled with for years. However, a new approach to financing the ground loops has made it easier for new communities to adopt geothermal heating and cooling.

How to Choose Sustainably Manufactured Home Exterior Products

How to Choose Sustainably Manufactured Home Exterior Products

From the products we use to build them to the energy they use every day, our homes have a large impact on the environment. That’'s why building companies are developing products that have a lower environmental impact. This white paper reviews looks at some of the ways that exterior building products offer sustainable options for your home project.

TEETH Project Provides Real-World, Real-Time Data on Insulation, Air Sealing Efficiency

TEETH Project Provides Real-World, Real-Time Data on Insulation, Air Sealing Efficiency

Dow Building Solutions and Cobblestone Homes wanted a way to show homebuilders and homeowners alike how using proper insulation and air sealing techniques can significantly impact a structure’s durability, provide for a consistent high level of comfort and shrink monthly energy expenses.

Hot Water Distribution System Approved for Southern California On-Demand Efficiency (ODE) Program

Hot Water Distribution System Approved for Southern California On-Demand Efficiency (ODE) Program

Advanced Conservation Technology Distribution, Inc., a California-based manufacturer of the patented D’MAND Kontrol® System, has recently been approved as a vendor for the On-Demand Efficiency (ODE) Program of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®).

Managing Building Envelope Moisture for Long-term Durability

Managing Building Envelope Moisture for Long-term Durability

The building enclosure or envelope consists of many components that must work together. The components include controls for thermal, air, water, and vapor barriers for heat, air and moisture management. This white paper takes a look at the importance of weather resistive barriers and how it manages moisture in a building's envelope.

Electric Tankless Water Heating Provides Efficiency in Three Scenarios

Electric Tankless Water Heating Provides Efficiency in Three Scenarios

Homeowners are realizing the benefits of tankless water heaters. This white paper looks at a few scenarios where tankless water heaters can be used to provide the hot water in your home or boost the energy efficiency of an existing water heater.

Protect Homes in High Wind Zones with Roof Sheathing Products

Protect Homes in High Wind Zones with Roof Sheathing Products

Many builders in high-wind zone areas are now building to higher standards to help their customers withstand natural disasters. This white paper looks at one such standard, the FORTIFIED Homes program, and how builders are achieving the certification.

Your Climate and Specific Needs Determine Proper Selection of Doors, Windows, Skylights and Their Glass

Your Climate and Specific Needs Determine Proper Selection of Doors, Windows, Skylights and Their Glass

Selecting glass can be a complicated process. With technologies like processing, layers, thickness, infills, tints, and LowE coatings, there are thousands of glazing options from which to choose. This white paper identifies glass options available and what factors to consider when selecting the best fit for your home.

High Performance and High Efficiency Geothermal Home Heating, Air Conditioning and Water Heating Systems

High Performance and High Efficiency Geothermal Home Heating, Air Conditioning and Water Heating Systems

Geothermal is the new alternative to energy efficient heating and cooling. Fortunately, there are ways to take control of your heating and cooling bills and lessen your impact on the environment at the same time.

Integrate Geothermal Heating and Cooling into High Performance Home Design

Integrate Geothermal Heating and Cooling into High Performance Home Design

Everyone knows that solar and wind are renewable energy sources. But there's another renewable resource that's often overlooked: geothermal heating and cooling. This guide provides a general overview of geothermal technology and it’s applications in high performance homes.

Busting the Myths of Bottled Water

Busting the Myths of Bottled Water

This white paper tackles some of the myths surrounding bottled water. Once you know the real story, bottled water simply doesn't add up.

Continuous Insulation Solutions for Thermal Bridging Challenges

Continuous Insulation Solutions for Thermal Bridging Challenges

Every home – new or existing – can increase its energy efficiency with the installation of a blanket of continuous exterior insulation over the walls and studs, thus reducing thermal bridging. This white paper identifies thermal bridging and why continuous insulation is the best way to address it.

Secrets to Creating Your High Performance Home

Secrets to Creating Your High Performance Home

More and more homebuyers are looking for homes that perform well, in addition to providing a comfortable, engaging place to live. And homebuilders are rising to meet the demand. Green builders are incorporating energy, water and resource efficiency, improved indoor air quality and sustainable and locally sourced products into their projects.

Executing a Comprehensive Home Insulation Plan

Executing a Comprehensive Home Insulation Plan

A comprehensive insulation effort can elevate any home into a model of efficiency. Guarding against air leaks and moisture not only contributes to lower energy bills, but also added comfort for the homeowner. This white paper takes a look at insulation and air sealing strategies for foundations, basements, crawl spaces, walls, roofs, and attics.

Portland Homeowners Turn to Geothermal for Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling

Portland Homeowners Turn to Geothermal for Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling

In Portland, Oregon, where the January temperatures average 36 degrees, many homeowners are adopting geothermal heating and cooling for their homes. When a homeowners is considering a high performance heating and cooling system for a new or existing home, they turn to an experienced geothermal system design and installation company.

A Fresh Look at Indoor Air Quality

A Fresh Look at Indoor Air Quality

Home should be a place where you can breathe easy, but today that might not be the case. In this special report, we outline causes of indoor air pollution and discuss solutions available to create a safe and comfortable indoor environment.

Complementing Radiant Heat with Quiet, Cool Air Delivery

Complementing Radiant Heat with Quiet, Cool Air Delivery

Electric radiant heating systems have made significant strides in efficiencies and ease of installation, making homes comfortable throughout the heating months with its quiet heat delivery. Now there is a cooling technology that aspirates the interior air for a quiet, efficient delivery of cool, air conditioned comfort for the summer months.

Ductless HVAC Offers Benefits for Building Professionals and Homeowners

Ductless HVAC Offers Benefits for Building Professionals and Homeowners

Ductless mini splits are gaining in popularity for both new homes and remodeling existing homes. Mini splits – a form of heat pump – provide new levels of energy efficiency for homes. This white paper identifies the benefits that homeowners and building professionals will find when making mini splits a part of a project.

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