What & Why: Ductless Mini Split Heat Pumps

What & Why: Ductless Mini Split Heat Pumps

This document explains what ductless mini split heat pumps are and why you should be using one in your home.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: LG HVAC


DC Power: Tomorrow's Energy Demands Will Require More Attention

DC Power: Tomorrow's Energy Demands Will Require More Attention

While DC power operates many modern products in business applications, it powers far fewer products for consumer use. However, some associations are developing standards that will lead to the rapid adoption of DC power distribution. This white paper takes a look at DC power and how some experts believe it is the answer for future energy needs.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


Battle the Elements with Resilient Homes Built with Insulated Concrete Forms

Battle the Elements with Resilient Homes Built with Insulated Concrete Forms

Insurance companies, state regulators and government agencies are providing significant insurance discounts for homes built to new, more resilient standards like the FORTIFIED Home standard. This white paper covers one popular approach to building a storm-resilient home — using insulated concrete forms (ICFs) for the wall assembly and foundation.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


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Creating cutting-edge home warranties

Creating cutting-edge home warranties

Builder looks to incorporate monitoring into homebuilding's future

Insulated tiles transform roofs into energy savers

Insulated tiles transform roofs into energy savers

New 3 IN 1 tile combines protection, insulation, solar into a single product to boost energy efficiency

Why are property, people and pets expendable?

Why are property, people and pets expendable?

Structures knocked over and scattered as if they were built with tongue depressors. Everything gone.

Prefab approach bridges gap in sustainable Calif. home market

Prefab approach bridges gap in sustainable Calif. home market

With local builders overwhelmed, alternative method can erect residences in just eight hours

Homebuilder offers Tesla Powerwall for true net zero living

Homebuilder offers Tesla Powerwall for true net zero living

By using stored energy day or night, the Powerwall roughly doubles the amount of solar energy that directly powers the home.

Net zero commercial building lease will share energy savings

Net zero commercial building lease will share energy savings

The lease includes annual energy reviews to drive continuous improvement in the building's operation.

Video | Vulnerable families will love a new 3D printed 'home safe home'

Video | Vulnerable families will love a new 3D printed 'home safe home'

The 3D-printed home serves as a proof-of-concept for sustainable homebuilding that will allow for safer, more affordable homes for more families, faster than ever.

Tiny Home Cabin Concept Inspired by the Latvian Coast

Tiny Home Cabin Concept Inspired by the Latvian Coast

Stretched up like a vertical lantern toward the sky, the cabin becomes a recognizable symbol.

Buyers Paying More for High Performance Homes in North Carolina

Buyers Paying More for High Performance Homes in North Carolina

Builders and homeowners receive a net positive financial return on the sometimes added up-front costs of energy efficient, green or high-performance features.

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...

Infographic | 35 Inspiring Tiny Houses And The Families Living There

Infographic | 35 Inspiring Tiny Houses And The Families Living There

Those who live in small homes -- usually 400 square feet or smaller  -- make the tradeoff of size with other priorities in their life.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Movement Gaining Ground

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Movement Gaining Ground

Geothermal heating and cooling has been well understood since the 1950s, but it wasn't until the 1970s that the technology was available to make it efficient and affordable.

Affordable Energy Efficient Housing Vital for Urban Redevelopment

Affordable Energy Efficient Housing Vital for Urban Redevelopment

Diverse housing stock will play an important role in the neighborhood revitalization strategy.




Habitat for Humanity Adopts High Performance Home Building

Habitat for Humanity Adopts High Performance Home Building

Low cost of living is just as important as the purchase cost.




Home Builders Use the HERS Ratings for ERI Compliance

Home Builders Use the HERS Ratings for ERI Compliance

Each point on the ERI scale represents a 1 percent change in the relative energy efficiency of the building.

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As energy-efficient technologies and materials become more mainstream, the cost of building a green home or owning one is declining. This Research Center will help you determine if going green is a good investment for you.

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