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New designs and materials make windows more efficient than ever before, helping to save money and decrease the impact on the environment.
Homeowners have never been more focused on energy efficiency than they are today. They want to reduce utility bills and minimize their footprint pollution without compromising the attractiveness of their home. This white paper looks at exterior products that provide beauty, durability, sustainability and...
Home builder Luis Imery has built a home any homeowner would be proud of, the first U.S. Department of Energy-certified DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in the state of Georgia. The Proud Green Home was constructed in...
Vinyl siding is a great choice for both new homes and remodeling existing homes. As other types of exterior cladding come on the market, it’s easy to be swayed by the latest and greatest product announcement. This white paper explores some of the myths around vinyl siding that could stop you from making the best choice for your home.
ProVia, manufacturer of exterior building products, developed the most energy-efficient door in the U.S. market – the new Embarq™ Fiberglass Entry System. The performance of Embarq was independently tested by Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI), a leading building products testing and certification laboratory in North America, founded in 1975.
Insulated concrete forms (ICFs) are rigid plastic foam forms that hold concrete in place during curing and remain in place to serve as thermal insulation for concrete walls. This white paper, sponsored by Fox Blocks, explores the need for an ICF system that incorporates foam bucks in the system for a continuous insulated surface.
News footage of homes devastated by tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes make the point all too clear: most traditionally built homes won't survive a severe event. This white paper explores some of the advantages that this construction method offers for increasing the resiliency of a home.
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
Builders and developers might be the experts in home construction, but its consumers who shape the market. In other words, it will be consumers, ultimately, who cause a permanent shift in deep green building. This white paper, the final in a 3-part series, explores why buyers are becoming the driving force behind high-performance homes.
What keeps some builders from switching is the same thing that keeps some consumers from buying a high-performance home. They dont understand and cant see the advantages. And if they cant their customers surely wont, either. As this white paper reveals, focusing on deep green construction gives builders a competitive advantage.
Different builders define high performance differently. However, changes throughout the residential construction market have begun to codify the understanding of what a better-built, high-performance home is. But the change hasnt occurred as quickly as environmental and high-performance builders want. If...
A family in southern Alabama was looking for an energy efficient home that could also stand up to the hurricanes that lash the Gulf Coast on a regular basis. Their decision to build with ICFs would result in peace of mind and a safe home that received the Fortified For Safety Living (FFSL) certification.
It's important to look at the total cost of home ownership over a long period of time, and also to include some aspects that may not have dollar signs attached to them. This white paper reviews two of the key overall benefits of ICF construction: energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
If you'd like to live in a green energy-efficient home but think it's too expensive, think again. Today homebuilders can use surprisingly affordable building technology that offers significant benefits in energy efficiency, safety and home comfort for little to no cost difference compared to traditional building methods.
If you're going to create a dream green home, recognize its value with a green home certification.
Stone veneer is engineered to emulate the look of natural stone by incorporating the convincing profile, texture and color of expensive quarried stone. Yet, it's lighter, less expensive, easier to install and better for the environment than natural stone or brick.
Are you a homeowner that's becoming more interested in your green home? You're not alone. According to McGraw Hill Construction Studies, two-thirds of homeowners are aware of green building.
Whether your renovating a house you've loved for years, or making your dream home come to life, vinyl siding should be a part of your plans. In addition to offering an array of beautiful colors and textures, insulated vinyl siding delivers eco-friendly benefits to help make your home green.
Imagine sitting in front of a roaring fire, gathered with family and friends in conversation and laughter. Behind the glass ceramic door of the stove burns wood, a sustainable, renewable energy source keeping the cold at bay. Learn More about SCHOTT and wood-burning sources.
Today, home fireplaces represent an aesthetic choice, but also can contribute to the sustainability of the home in terms of reduced fossil fuel consumption. These modern high-performance enclosed fireplaces are a long way from the standard masonry fireplace with folding glass doors that graced many homes in the post-war years.