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High Performance Homes, No More Cost

This Best Practices document will provide many new real-world strategies and approaches to building a better high performance home without additional cost.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: EEBA




On-Demand Water Heaters: Greater Efficiency and Many Applications

On-demand tankless water heaters are becoming more efficient, and as a result, more accepted in homes. They require no storage tank, heating water directly only when hot water is needed.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: EcoSmart Green Energy Products




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


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2017 Shingle Color of the Year Reflects Home Color Trends

While a home’s roof typically represents 40% of the home’s exterior, homeowners often miss an opportunity to integrate the roof as part of a color-coordinated exterior.

Tackle Home Sealing Projects with New Spray Foam

The solution expands to take the shape of gaps and cracks forming a long-lasting, airtight and water-resistant bond to most building materials.

Smart Home Devices Struggle to Go Mainstream (Infographic)

PwC says the internet of things (IoT) is set to transform—and disrupt—the way we live.

How to Extend the Life of Your Water Heater

As with any appliance, water heaters need regular maintenance to keep them operating at peak efficiency and to help them last as long as possible.

How to Look Good with Lighting Upgrades

If you live in a home or apartment built after the 1950s, you likely cope with one of the most unkind and unflattering forms of interior lighting.

Why Punxsutawney Phil Doesn't Worry About Seeing His Shadow

If Phil sees his shadow, then you might want to join him in reducing glare and achieve savings on your energy bills by incorporating window film into your home.

New Ply Gem Architectural Toolbox Makes it Easier to Create Tailor-Made Designs

The concept of ‘live-work-play’ mixed-use developments is on the rise, with increased demand for walkable urban neighborhoods.

Keep an Eye on 2017 Interior Design Forecast Trends

For 2017 interior design will reflect emerging themes from the juxtaposition of natural materials and opulent ornamentation to minimalistic designs enhanced with bold, new finishes.

Ply Gem Windows and Doors Add Style to 2017 New American Remodeled Home (Video)

The New American Remodeled Home is the first remodeling showcase home to be presented at IBS in a decade.

2017 Interior Color Forecast: Gray is Here to Stay

Color trends in interior design are frequently fickle, quickly swinging from one side of the spectrum to the other.

Most HVAC Installations Leak; Energy Star Has a Fix

The new program, called ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation (ESVI), was designed to place new emphasis on the importance of duct sealing and other best practices .

Does Your Home Need an Energy Star Makeover? Use This Guide

A local expert in Home Performance with ENERGY STAR can help you uncover the potential of your home.

A Buying Guide to Fireplace Inserts

Unfortunately, most fires in traditional masonry fireplaces are long on atmosphere but short on energy efficiency.

New App Empowers DIY Enthusiasts to Tackle Home Improvement Projects

Lots of people are looking for from trustworthy advice to undertake home projects on their own.

2017 Home Design Color Forecast Reveals Paint Trends

Paint is more than just a color; it is a method of communication.

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