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Effects of the Thermal Envelope on Home Energy Efficiency

What's a thermal envelope? The thermal envelope is, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, everything about the house that serves to shield the living space from the outdoors. This white paper explores some of the building science behind creating an excellent thermal envelope for your home.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


Allergies and Your Home Heating System

For a homeowner with allergies, being in a home with a forced air heating system can be among the worst places to be. This white paper identifies some ways for homeowners to reduce airborne allergens and improve indoor air quality.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


Proper Framing Leads to High Energy Efficiencies for Home

Contractors know that “Energy Savings Start with the Framing” and a home’s energy efficiency is significantly dependent upon proper framing. Over the past several decades Norbord, a world leader in OSB sub-floor, wall and roof sheathing has communicated with contractors...

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Norbord, Inc.


Homeowners in Milton Ontario Feel Warm All Over After Aeroseal Solves Leaky Duct Problems

An eight year old Milton, Ontario house had everything a young couple was looking for in a new home – and one thing they were surprised to find. No matter how high they turned up the furnace, they were unable to adequately heat the upstairs. It didn’t take long for the HVAC pros to diagnose the problem – leaky ducts.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Aeroseal


Connecticut Family Enjoys Lower Energy Bills, Improved Comfort After Aerosealing Their Ductwork

A Connecticut homeowner had heard that effectively sealing the ductwork of his home could reduce his home energy bill but he had no idea that it would turn out to be the best financial investment he made in years.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Aeroseal


City of Prescott Poised to Save Thousands in Monthly Energy Costs Through Trial Using Aeroseal

It began when a couple of city managers applied utility rebates towards the cost of having the ductwork of their homes sealed. When they noticed a substantial energy savings and improvement in heating and cooling efficiency, they commissioned a couple of trial duct sealing projects for two city-owned commercial buildings.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Aeroseal


New Approach to Duct Sealing Sparks Trend in New York Area High-rise Retrofitting

Like most older buildings throughout the United States, the Carlyle Towers in Caldwell, New Jersey suffered from poor ventilation. Sealing from the inside allowed engineers to fix ventilation in the building where access is limited – results included lower energy costs and improved IAQ.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Aeroseal


Residential Walls and Foundations: Improving the Thermal Envelope

This guide compares Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) with other forms used in above grade (walls) and below grade applications (foundations). Key factors in selecting the best system for your home are identified.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


How to Improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Indoor air quality in homes, buildings, and schools is a silent-yet-critical component in the overall health and well-being of the individuals who inhabit them. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that poor indoor air quality is among the top global environmental health risks.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Zehnder America


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.

Type: Guide


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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsors: Enertech Global, LLC , GeoComfort Geothermal Systems


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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsors: Enertech Global, LLC , GeoComfort Geothermal Systems



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