White papers, case studies and more
Every home needs ventilation to exchange stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. That’s due to moisture, mold, and chemicals from carpets, clothing, paint, cabinets and other common items. This guide includes everything you need to know about the air in your home and the benefits of proper ventilation.
An ACT D’MAND Kontrols® Electronic Pumping System was recently installed into a Habitat for Humanity home to educate viewers on the efficiency of the water-saving plumbing enhancement.
Geothermal heating and cooling is one of the top ways homeowners can reduce their utility bills as well as their environmental impact. As the housing market has changed and technology has improved, geothermal heating and cooling has become a viable option for existing homes.
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.
Even in countries like the United States, clean, healthy drinking water is under assault. Our municipal authorities are fighting a losing battle as more chemicals and pollutants wind up in our drinking water every year. This guide identifies the potential hazards in your water supply and what you can do to protect your home and family from them.
Operable windows, doors, skylights, and vents can be integrated in a convective method to address the heat buildup in a home and improve indoor air quality. This white paper looks at these ventilation strategies and identifies products that can help you reduce cooling costs and improve the health in your home.
The heat trapped inside an attic can cause temperatures to surpass 160 degrees. That means HVAC systems are working harder than they should have to, affecting durability, longevity and, in the immediate term, resulting in escalating cooling costs. This white paper identifies proper insulation and sealing techniques for a home's attic space.
Tap water is treated to protect against disease-causing organisms, or pathogens, by adding disinfectants. However, some microbial pathogens are highly resistant to traditional practices and disinfectants themselves can react to form health risks. This white paper identifies health risks found in tap water and how to protect yourself.
Most older homes don't have a tight building envelope. That means air flows through cracks and crevices in the home, making it difficult – and expensive – to heat and cool. However, the owner of a 12,000 square foot historic home in Rhode Island wanted to completely renovate the home and retrofit it with geothermal heating and cooling.
Heating household water is the second largest utility expense of an average home, so it is important to implement ways to reduce monthly water heating costs without sacrificing comfort. Efficiency, comfort and energy savings can be realized by complementing your existing tank water heater with a tankless, electric point-of-use (POU) water heater.
In building a new home for wounded warrior Sgt. Ronny Sweger, Operation Finally Home aims to give him and his family the structure for no cost – or, at least, at as little cost as possible. The project builder, Castlerock Builders, knew one way to make that possible was through the use of geothermal heating and cooling.
For a homeowner with allergies, being in a home with a forced air heating system can be among the worst places to be. This white paper identifies some ways for homeowners to reduce airborne allergens and improve indoor air quality.
This white paper takes a look at the deception of taste and identifies steps you can take to help ensure your home's drinking water is safe.
This white paper takes a look at how residential greenhouses have evolved to become more efficient and identifies questions to keep in mind if you're considering one.
What's a thermal envelope? The thermal envelope is, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, everything about the house that serves to shield the living space from the outdoors. This white paper explores some of the building science behind creating an excellent thermal envelope for your home.
This white paper, sponsored by Solar Innovations, takes a look at passive solar heating, a building technique that utilizes windows, walls, flooring and other non-mechanical or non-electrical devices to gather and distribute solar energy in the form of heat in the winter, and reject heat in the summer.
A drafty door is one of the most common points of heat loss in a home during cold months, as well as air conditioning loss in the summer months. Doors are exposed to harsh elements, constantly being subjected to snow, sleet, rain and direct sunshine. This white paper identifies insulated door products available on the market to today.
As building codes demand homes with tighter building envelopes and continuous insulation, home builders and consumers are looking for building strategies that deliver that performance without paying a premium. That’s why homes built with ICFs are becoming a popular choice in many climates.
Replacement windows, and original windows in a newly constructed home, are among the most important investments of a home. Not only do they need to keep the harsh elements out while keeping the indoors comfortable, they need to reflect the character of the home. This white paper identifies a few energy efficient window options available.
To ensure a high level of energy efficiency in new residential construction, building standards are now requiring the use of continuous insulation on the outside of a building, providing an uninterrupted layer across all structural members of a wall. This white paper explores one building system that's gaining ground - insulated concrete forms.