Natural slate has been a favorite roofing material, but building with it is often a costly undertaking. Fortunately engineered slate provides a cost-effective and attractive alternative to natural slate. This white paper, sponsored by Ply Gem, explores some of the advantages that come from using engineered slate in your home project.
With today's green building technology, it's easy to think that all it takes to achieve a high-performance home is to choose the right products. This white paper reveals the importance of the thermal envelope and how windows, cladding, and air sealing can work together to improve the performance of your home.
This white paper, sponsored by Ply Gem, a manufacturer of a wide range of home exterior products, reviews some of the most well-known green building certification programs. Green building certification can pay off not only in lower energy bills and greater comfort, but also in value for your home.
From the products we use to build them to the energy they use every day, our homes have a large impact on the environment. That's why building companies are developing products that have a lower environmental impact. This white paper reviews looks at some of the ways that exterior building products offer sustainable options for your home project.
Windows can be one of your home's most attractive features. Windows provide views, daylighting, ventilation, and heat from the sun in the winter. One often-overlooked aspect of windows is the operating type of window. This white paper defines a variety of operating types and helps you choose the best one for your home.
Heating and cooling costs are a big part of household's budget. You can take control of those costs by using high-performance, energy-efficient windows in your home. This white paper reviews some of the key features to consider when selecting windows.
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.
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 its the materials they use, how they...
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
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...
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.
Energy–efficient windows offer some of the most effective ways to make your home green. This research center provides news and information for eco-friendly window options, including high-performance glazing and coatings, and many products made of sustainable and recyclable materials.