Residents often see significant ice build-up on their roof’s edges in the winter months. These ice dams are created by two basic elements: snow and heat. There are many “fixes” to the ice dam dilemma, but they do not always address the root of the problem. The best way to prevent ice dams is with effective, extra-low voltage radiant heat.
As water resources have been increasingly stressed by drought conditions, other shortages and overloaded municipal water treatment plants, water reuse and grey water have become two of the most common topics within the professional sector. This white paper takes a look at residential water reuse and some products that reduce water consumption.
A homeowner’s entry door is the portal to the family’s daily life, used throughout every day by family and friends. It’s no wonder that when it comes to replacing an entry door several important aspects need to be considered and researched before the purchase.
Conserving water means using what is necessary and no more .Waiting for tap water to become hot is not only a waste of water but an inconvenience as well. However, there are products available that provide homeowners with hot water on demand. This white paper looks at some of the ways homeowners can conserve water and save money.
When General Contractor John Price moved to Gulfport, Mississippi, he noticed signiﬁcant rainfall as a crucial jobsite variable year-round. To provide added protection beyond that of traditional oriented strand board (OSB) and felt roof deck assemblies, he uses ZIP System® roof sheathing and tape to build a more resilient sealed roof deck.
Most of us don’t realize that the majority of our energy-efficient equipment we use daily in our homes and businesses runs on direct current. But, the power coming in to our buildings is alternating current. This conversion results in lost energy. A solution to prevent this amount of lost energy is achieved by integrating dedicated DC systems.
Designing the exterior look and feel of a home can be a daunting task. However, working with a company that can serve as a single source for all the necessary exterior elements, ranging from vinyl siding to trim, can help you create a beautiful, customized home exterior that is also energy efficient and easy to maintain.
Today’s leading decentralized wastewater systems have closed that gap between the capabilities and performance of conventional wastewater treatment systems. Decentralized wastewater systems are pre-designed for collection, treatment, and dispersal/reuse of wastewater at or near the point of waste generation.
The keys to the NextGen “Welcome Home” House have finally been delivered to a deserving military veteran and his family. The energy efficient modular home features a number eco-friendly systems. Perhaps one of the most exciting is the Max Flow water filter that will provide the clean, filtered tasty water for the family.
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.
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.
In 2010, Boston first announced plans to renovate the Heritage Apartments, a section 8 housing structure in East Boston. A preliminary inspection found substantial leakage in each of the buildings' exhaust shafts. Engineers on the project were familiar with Aeroseal, a duct sealing technology that works from the inside of ductwork to seal leaks.
When choosing products for the exterior of your home, it's always good to consider maintenance and durability as well as the beauty of what you choose. Stone veneers offer the beauty of natural stone with low maintenance requirements, and less environmental impact during manufacturing. This white paper explores some of the benefits of stone veneer.
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.
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.
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.
The average American home has two entry doors and 10 windows, each holding the home’s energy efficiency and value at bay with their individual construction quality and installation proficiency. The focus of this white paper is the main entry door; the most used – and abused – portal of a home.
A 2008 report from the National Research Council discovered that in urban areas runoff from roads carries more pollutants than plazas, courtyards, and similar hardscapes. This white paper identifies five options for an eco-friendly driveway, all of which can satisfy pervious surface requirements where they exist.
For years, building codes have called for attic ventilation to control air and moisture flow. But all too often, HVAC ducts were also located in those unconditioned attics, which led to HVAC systems working harder to meet homeowner demands. This white paper takes a look at the benefits associated with installing ducts in conditioned attic spaces.
With the options of radiant heating systems on the market it is important to know their differences in heating comfort and energy efficiency. This white paper takes a look at some of those differences and identifies which radiant heating systems should be considered for your home.
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.
Heating water for bathing, washing, cooking and other uses is typically the second largest consumer of energy in a home, but most homeowners purchase only a few water heaters in their lifetime. This special report reviews some of the key considerations that go into selecting a water heater for use in a residential situation.
More than 2,000 drinking water systems in the U.S. are contaminated with lead to a level that could present risks to consumers, an investigation by USA Today has found. This white paper looks at the dangers of lead in your water and how you can limit your exposure to it with water filtration.
Continuous insulation covers the entire wall surface, forming the thermal envelope, not just the spaces between the framing studs. The technique provides long-term thermal performance as well as protection against air infiltration and moisture penetration while reducing greenhouse gas emissions through lower energy use.
When a hot water faucet is turned on we expect endless hot water, especially in the shower. But we have all experienced the not-so-hot shower caused by other demands for hot water in the home. EcoSmart has introduced SmartBoost, a small, but powerful booster designed to work with tank water heaters.
Why is pavement a water problem, and what does permeability have to do with urban or municipal planning? The answers have to do with water that falls from the sky and where it goes. This white paper takes a look at stormwater runoff, how it affects the environment, and identifies some products that are helping to address this issue.
Water has always been a primary focus as homeowners and builders seek greater energy efficiencies and less waste. Hot water recirculation systems are quickly becoming more common in single family residential construction, scaling from long-standing practices in commercial and multifamily construction that have demonstrated its value.
Alabama Power, one of four utilities operated by Southern Company, is working with Eemax, a brand of Rheem and a manufacturer of electric tankless water heaters, to promote the efficiencies and reliabilities of electric tankless water heaters (ETWH) for new construction homes.
The windows in a home play crucial dual roles: architectural style and performance. There are numerous factors to consider when selecting a window for your new or remodeled home. This white paper provides an overview of the window options that homeowners should consider when choosing windows for their home.
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.
Introduced in 2006, the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index became the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. This white paper gives an overview of the HERS Index and what RESNET is doing to enhance the consistency of its scores.
Are you ready to make your home a better, greener place to live? You're not alone. According to Harvards Joint Center for Housing Studies, Americans spend $125 million a year on home renovation projects. This white paper, sponsored by Ply Gem, explores some of the smart steps homeowners can take to update their homes.
The water heater is the second biggest user of energy in a home, and it's one of those appliances that tend to get taken for granted until it doesn't work. Here's a look at some of the factors that influence the life span of a water heater and the way it operates to make sure you have hot water whenever you turn the faucet.
The Rose Eisendrath House has been restored as Tempe, Arizona’s Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation thanks to several major donors funding the 10-year $4.3 million project. The renovation’s highlights included a patented re-circulatory water pump system that is designed for buildings to save an average of 10,000 gallons of water a year.
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.
Contains the most important information needed by consumers to save energy in the home. This highly illustrated booklet also provides solid advice for homeowners who plan to design and build a new home.
National and local home builders alike are utilizing SteadiTred® stair tread panels in their residential building for a number of reasons. From an environmental standpoint, there is less waste as they are manufactured in a controlled environment and shipped to the builder, avoiding the time, cost and waste of on-site cutting of solid lumber.
Much of the water in the United States is considered hard, which means it contains a high level of minerals, usually calcium and magnesium. This white paper identifies some things you should keep in mind if you're thinking about a water softener.
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.
Many homeowners are considering a tankless water heater as one possible option to meet their needs. There are many reasons to use tankless water heaters, but it's also important to know whether it's the right choice for your home. This white paper identifies factors that you should consider when shopping for a tankless water heater.
Dow Building Solutions and Cobblestone Homes wanted a way to show homebuilders and homeowners alike how using proper insulation and air sealing techniques can significantly impact a structure’s durability, provide for a consistent high level of comfort and shrink monthly energy expenses.
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.
How could just being in a perfectly normal building make people sick? The condition has been termed “sick building symptom” (SBS). This white paper looks to identify sick building syndrome and ways to prevent it from happening in your home.
Advanced Conservation Technology Distribution, Inc., a California-based manufacturer of the patented D’MAND Kontrol® System, has recently been approved as a vendor for the On-Demand Efficiency (ODE) Program of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®).