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The Midwest: A heartland with a heart for sustainability

The Midwest: A heartland with a heart for sustainability

Founder and chairman Bob Fincher used part of his summer vacation to tour Midwest companies that are championing the integration of green technologies and tactics into our homes and other buildings. Here's what he found.

Take action to keep summer energy bills in check

Take action to keep summer energy bills in check

Zehnder America offers 6 tips to save energy this summer

9 products to caulk, seal your way to summer comfort

9 products to caulk, seal your way to summer comfort

As high summer dawns, these affordable, easy-to-use products can make you more comfortable...and frugal.

Results Are In: Testing Confirms ERV Boosts Indoor Air Quality in Family Home

When the Mastrangelo family had renovated and expanded their Massachusetts cape home several years ago, they added spray foam insulation to the entire second floor and roof. Sadly, the family soon started suffering from indoor air quality issues that took years to solve, until they discovered and installed a energy recovery ventilator (ERV).


Solar sanction

Solar sanction

California approves measure mandating solar be part of most new homes

NYC's first Passive House apartment building open for rent

NYC's first Passive House apartment building open for rent

Because they are built to such a high level of airtightness, the apartments use heat from daily activities such as laundry to help warm the home.

Go behind the scenes of the first Passive House in Texas

Go behind the scenes of the first Passive House in Texas

Electricity use averaged $1 per day, even with the air conditioning set at 71 degrees.

Demand, research drive ERV, HRV development

Demand, research drive ERV, HRV development

Improving efficiency, occupant comfort key as building envelopes tighten




Is Classroom Air Quality Hindering Learning?

Is Classroom Air Quality Hindering Learning?

Many schools are looking to close the achievement gap and foster learning among all students. Although processed foods, socio-economic conditions, ADHD, and learning disabilities are common culprits, environmental factors are often overlooked. Is indoor air quality a missing ingredient in promoting learning?

Russian Masonry Stove Heats High-Performance Home

Russian Masonry Stove Heats High-Performance Home

Many wood-burning appliances do not use wood efficiently and aren’t well suited for a high-performance house. When Chip Wick was envisioning his new home in Northport, Maine, he was inspired by using solar energy and locally-grown wood for power and heat.

Georgia Power, PulteGroup partner for first Smart Neighborhood in Atlanta

Georgia Power, PulteGroup partner for first Smart Neighborhood in Atlanta

Community of townhomes expected to open later this year

Show Home Designed for Multigenerational Living

Show Home Designed for Multigenerational Living

The home’s finishes, features and functionality address a need for a bold new blend of form and function to inspire families.

How Long Does It Take to Install an Energy Recovery Ventilator? 7 Points to Consider

How Long Does It Take to Install an Energy Recovery Ventilator? 7 Points to Consider

As the demand for high indoor air quality increases, builders and architects are interested in installing state-of-the-art ventilation systems in high-performance projects. This is an excellent opportunity to distinguish a contractor or design firm as a leader in innovative ventilation solutions.

New Fan Technology Battles Ventilation Problems Plaguing Home Builders

New Fan Technology Battles Ventilation Problems Plaguing Home Builders

While a home may be built with adequate ventilation strategies according to current building codes, performance may vary in the actual installation.




Zero Energy Certification Awarded to the Lincoln Net Positive Farmhouse

Zero Energy Certification Awarded to the Lincoln Net Positive Farmhouse

With more than two years of measured occupancy to date, the home unquestionably provides exceptional energy performance, consuming 70 percent less energy than a code-built house.

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Zehnder Comfosystems heat recovery ventilators (HRV) and energy recovery ventilators (ERV) - the highest heat recovery efficiency units on the market today with as much as 95% heat recovery - ensure equal amounts of stale and fresh air will be exchanged and optimal indoor air quality is achieved in the home.


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