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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In 2017, Georgetown transitioned into a 100% clean energy city. I wanted to find out why & how

In 2017, Georgetown transitioned into a 100% clean energy city. I wanted to find out why & how

Renewable energy source contracts included fixed prices for the city's long-term future.

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.

Generate Electricity Whenever You Use Water at Home

Generate Electricity Whenever You Use Water at Home

This technology enables homeowners to generate electricity every time they wash dishes, take showers, do laundry, wash cars, water the lawn, and flush.

Kohler Co. Announces Wind Power Investment

Kohler Co. Announces Wind Power Investment

The project will equal Kohler’s total U.S. and Canadian annual electrity demand.

IRS Ruling Could Mean Tax Credits for Solar Battery Storage

IRS Ruling Could Mean Tax Credits for Solar Battery Storage

Battery storage systems are getting cheaper so it's easier homeowners with solar systems to cut ties to the grid.

Report: Barriers are Falling for Community Scale Solar Power

Report: Barriers are Falling for Community Scale Solar Power

CSS can be the ‘killer app’ for cooperatives, supplying a cost-competitive, locally sourced, clean energy resource.

Promise builds in sustainable construction

Promise builds in sustainable construction

Research forecasts market dominance for high-performance homes, buildings

Mercedes-Benz Launches Home Energy Storage System

Mercedes-Benz Launches Home Energy Storage System

This is Mercedes-Benz Energy's first collaboration with a U.S. solar provider, bringing its premium, high-performance, road-tested technology for home

Solar Power Pays Off in 10 Midwest Cities

Solar Power Pays Off in 10 Midwest Cities

Listings in these cities that mention “solar power” sell at a price premium when compared to listings that don’t mention “solar power.”

Home Solar Storage Batteries Now in California (video)

Home Solar Storage Batteries Now in California (video)

California residents can now purchase and have installed the Sonnen battery system to help manage renewable energy and peak time energy use.

Prefab Homes and Small Homes Trends Combine in New Book

Prefab Homes and Small Homes Trends Combine in New Book

The latest book from author Sheri Koones explores the beauty, variety, design, and positive benefits of small-scale, prefab construction.

Community destroyed by wind now using wind to power it

Community destroyed by wind now using wind to power it

It was the most intense tornado season the region had seen in 50 years and the city of Greensburg, Kansas, saw the worst of it.

Generating power at home is easier than ever

Generating power at home is easier than ever

Generating renewable energy at home, particularly solar power, continues to be gain ground as prices fall and homeowners and builders come to understand the long-term value.

Grab bag o’ .gov goodness for green home tax incentives

Grab bag o’ .gov goodness for green home tax incentives

If you’re building or renovating green, or are even thinking about it, there are some big tax incentives for you.

 Countdown: Top 10 high performance home features of 2015

Countdown: Top 10 high performance home features of 2015

More than half of home builders expect to be doing 60 percent or more of their new homes green by 2020, an interest reflected in the Top 10 feature stories for 2015.

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