Tankless water heaters are an affordable, high performance alternative to other options such as traditional tank water heaters or boilers. This guide will help you understand the world of tankless water heaters and the advantages that they provide to homes and buildings.
For homeowners and builders looking to install an energy efficient water heater, there is a wide range of choices on the market today. One of the top options is the condensing gas water heater, which offers a higher level of efficiency and comfort in both tank and tankless types.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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®).
The building enclosure or envelope consists of many components that must work together. The components include controls for thermal, air, water, and vapor barriers for heat, air and moisture management. This white paper takes a look at the importance of weather resistive barriers and how it manages moisture in a building's envelope.
Selecting the right water heater for a home can have an ongoing impact on energy bills, as well as home comfort. This guide reviews some recent changes affecting the industry and how homeowners, builders, and contractors can select the best water heater for a home.
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.
Homeowners are realizing the benefits of tankless water heaters. This white paper looks at a few scenarios where tankless water heaters can be used to provide the hot water in your home or boost the energy efficiency of an existing water heater.
Many builders in high-wind zone areas are now building to higher standards to help their customers withstand natural disasters. This white paper looks at one such standard, the FORTIFIED Homes program, and how builders are achieving the certification.
High permeability vs. low permeability within the housewrap category… what does it mean and how does it affect your building practices? The intent of this paper is to explain this property thoroughly so that a better understanding of this building science principle can be gained.
It is important to design wall systems that manage bulk water and moisture properly. Walls are typically designed for performance specific to the climate where they are located. A test-hut protocol was chosen to investigate the performance of typical wall systems under hot-humid climactic conditions.
DuPont™ Tyvek® ThermaWrap™ R5.0 significantly contributes to home energy savings and improves comfort in the home. Energy modeling was completed to simulate a reside/remodel project using a REM/Rate™ analysis, which is the standard software used for HERS ratings.
Selecting glass can be a complicated process. With technologies like processing, layers, thickness, infills, tints, and LowE coatings, there are thousands of glazing options from which to choose. This white paper identifies glass options available and what factors to consider when selecting the best fit for your home.
Geothermal is the new alternative to energy efficient heating and cooling. Fortunately, there are ways to take control of your heating and cooling bills and lessen your impact on the environment at the same time.
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.
Buyers familiarize themselves with product information on manufacturers’ websites, consult peer review and pour over discussion forums. In turn, manufacturers and dealers have been challenged with responding to a much altered sales process. This White Paper will help clarify who today’s buyers are and provide insights into how to sell to them.
This white paper describes the features and benefits of the unique ODL, Inc., doorglass framing systems for exterior steel and fiberglass doors, including easy installation, energy efficiency, tested performance, quality assurance and value-driven manufacturing.
Within the last two decades, the California Energy Commission, The Environmental Protection Agencies, and the US Department of Energy have collected upon the estimation that one gallon of water coming into a home represents about 30% of a kilowatt/hour, and have put forth efforts to respond accordingly.
As homeowners and building professionals learn more about building science, they understand more about how to design and build homes for the ultimate in performance and comfort. This white paper, sponsored by Ply Gem, explores some of the building products that can improve the performance of the building envelope.
Every home – new or existing – can increase its energy efficiency with the installation of a blanket of continuous exterior insulation over the walls and studs, thus reducing thermal bridging. This white paper identifies thermal bridging and why continuous insulation is the best way to address it.
A comprehensive insulation effort can elevate any home into a model of efficiency. Guarding against air leaks and moisture not only contributes to lower energy bills, but also added comfort for the homeowner. This white paper takes a look at insulation and air sealing strategies for foundations, basements, crawl spaces, walls, roofs, and attics.
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.