Create a Tight Building Envelope with High-Performance Exterior Products

Create a Tight Building Envelope with High-Performance Exterior Products

As homeowners and building professionals learn more about building science, they understand more about how to design and build homes for the ultimate in performance and comfort. This white paper, sponsored by Ply Gem, explores some of the building products that can improve the performance of the building envelope.

Type: White Paper




Select Replacement Windows for Durability and Energy Efficiency

Select Replacement Windows for Durability and Energy Efficiency

If your house is older than 20 years or so, it may be time to replace your windows. Sure, windows can last a lot longer and they may be a key part of a historic home's charm, but they could be costing you money and wasting energy. This white paper explores some of the options for selecting replacement windows for your home.

Type: White Paper




DuPont™ Tyvek® HomeWrap® Building Science Bulletin

DuPont™ Tyvek® HomeWrap® Building Science Bulletin

DuPont created DuPont™ Tyvek® HomeWrap® to have the optimum balance of properties for superior performance against the elements, including air and moisture.

Type: Fact Sheet




A Cool Metal Roof Helps Homeowners Realize Their Green Home Dream

A Cool Metal Roof Helps Homeowners Realize Their Green Home Dream

Homeowners Ronda and Nigel Farrar knew they wanted to build a high-performance green home that would showcase the best in building science. Their vision was a home that would respect its surroundings near Escondido, California, and serve as a model for green design. They achieved this dream of a Net-Zero energy design using a metal roof.

Type: Case Study




Vinyl Siding Myths Busted

Vinyl Siding Myths Busted

Vinyl siding is a great choice for both new homes and remodeling existing homes. As other types of exterior cladding come on the market, it’s easy to be swayed by the latest and greatest product announcement. This white paper explores some of the myths around vinyl siding that could stop you from making the best choice for your home.

Type: White Paper




Choose a Metal Roof for Your Residential Solar Panel Mounting System

Choose a Metal Roof for Your Residential Solar Panel Mounting System

More and more homeowners are choosing to add solar power to their high-performance homes, but they may overlook an important factor: the roof under the solar panels. This white paper, sponsored by Louisville, Ky.-based Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation, explores the...

Type: White Paper




Ply Gem's Focus on Sustainability and Stewardship

Ply Gem's Focus on Sustainability and Stewardship

Ply Gem is more than just a manufacturer, they help build communities. They are committed to developing sustainable products that contribute to the improved energy efficiency and life cycle benefits of homes. Whether it’s the materials they use, how they...

Type: Guide




Boost Your Home's Energy Efficiency with Insulated Siding

Boost Your Home's Energy Efficiency with Insulated Siding

Vinyl siding is already one of the most popular exterior home claddings — in fact it's used on twice as many homes as any other material, according to the Vinyl Siding Institute. This white paper explores some of the benefits of making insulated vinyl siding a part of your home project

Type: White Paper




Residential Roofing Strategies Guide: A Comparison of Roofing Approaches for High-Performance Residential Construction

Residential Roofing Strategies Guide: A Comparison of Roofing Approaches for High-Performance Residential Construction

According to Energy Star, heating and cooling costs the average homeowner more than $1,000 per year, or about half the home's total energy bill. Investing in roofing that can lower those costs can pay off in lower utility bills and...

Type: Guide




Design a Home with a Distinctive Architectural Style with Sustainable Metal Roofing

Design a Home with a Distinctive Architectural Style with Sustainable Metal Roofing

When you look at a home, what's one of the most prominent features that's also one of the most overlooked? The roof. Because of its prominence, the roof sets the tone for the rest of the style of the home....

Type: White Paper




Ply Gem's Commitment to Sustainable Practices

Ply Gem's Commitment to Sustainable Practices

Whether for new construction or remodeling an existing home, green home building has become a higher priority than ever. This white paper explores some of the significant sustainability initiatives that Ply Gem, a manufacturer of a wide array of home...

Type: White Paper




Choose Green Certified Products for Your Home to Achieve High Performance and Comfort

Choose Green Certified Products for Your Home to Achieve High Performance and Comfort

Whether you're upgrading your current home or building a new one, it's wise to look for the labels - the green label that is. Various agencies and groups that study energy performance and environmental impact certify many home products. This white paper, sponsored by Ply Gem, reviews some of the most popular green building product certifications.

Type: White Paper





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The exterior of a house is designed to protect the home from the elements, but is also a vital part of a home's visual appeal.  There are many choices when it comes to the external finish of a home.  Important factors to consider are also environmental and energy savings.

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