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High-Performance Roofing Systems at No or Little Additional Cost

High-Performance Roofing Systems at No or Little Additional Cost

Innovations make roofing tiles more affordable and cost-efficient than ever, even when adding solar to the mix. Here’s how.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: 3 IN 1 ROOF


Using, Heating, and Saving Water

Using, Heating, and Saving Water

This guide looks at some of the latest and best strategies in heating, conserving and reclaiming water in the residential setting, both single and multifamily situations.

Type: Guide

Sponsors: ProudGreenBuilding.com , ProudGreenHome.com


Using, Heating, and Saving Water

Using, Heating, and Saving Water

This guide looks at some of the latest and best strategies in heating, conserving and reclaiming water in the residential setting, both single and multifamily situations.

Type: Guide

Sponsors: ProudGreenBuilding.com , ProudGreenHome.com


A Close Look at Radiant Heating Options

A Close Look at Radiant Heating Options

Radiant floor heating is not new, but recent advances in technology and efficiencies have resulted in homeowners and heating contractors taking a close look at these systems. This white paper looks at a few radiant heating options and identifies one that is leading the way in efficiency.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


Below-Grade Insulation: Basements, Slabs and Crawl Spaces

Below-Grade Insulation: Basements, Slabs and Crawl Spaces

Insulation is a must when combating air, moisture and other potential hazards that can befall an unprotected foundation. This white paper takes a look at some methods for insulating the three most common types of foundations – basements, slabs and crawl spaces.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ProudGreenHome.com


Hot Water in the Great Outdoors: Water Heaters for RVs and Swimming Pools

Hot Water in the Great Outdoors: Water Heaters for RVs and Swimming Pools

For many, summertime brings anticipation of family adventures in RVs or around the backyard swimming pool. Both require hot water for comfort. Now is the time to examine your heating options to assure your family’s relaxation without spending a fortune in energy costs.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: EcoSmart Green Energy Products


Ways to Save with Your Water Heater

Ways to Save with Your Water Heater

Tired of so many energy dollars going down the drain? Water consumption and related heating costs can hurt your budget in ways many users never fully grasp. We look at this connection and zero in on the most meaningful ways to save.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ProudGreenHome.com


Tankless Water Heaters: Electric and Gas Options Provide Efficiency and Endless Hot Water

Tankless Water Heaters: Electric and Gas Options Provide Efficiency and Endless Hot Water

Tankless heaters come in electric and gas, and range in size from small point-of-use models to full-house capability.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: EcoSmart Green Energy Products


What & Why: Ductless Mini Split Heat Pumps

What & Why: Ductless Mini Split Heat Pumps

This document explains what ductless mini split heat pumps are and why you should be using one in your home.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: LG HVAC


The Effects of Toxins and Contaminants on Wastewater

The Effects of Toxins and Contaminants on Wastewater

This white paper will help consumers identify and avoid toxins and contaminants to be more environmentally friendly and keep wastewater systems operating at full efficiency.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bio-Microbics


Build a Better Home with ICFs

Build a Better Home with ICFs

Modern builders are turning to insulating concrete forms (ICFs) for homes that are energy efficient, resilient and comfortable.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


Six Things to Look for in a Replacement Window

Six Things to Look for in a Replacement Window

There are plenty of window manufacturers offering a wide range of experience, quality and service. Many windows are available through big box retailers, but others are sold exclusively through dealers or online.  Regardless, here are some things to consider when researching replacement windows.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ProVia


Battle the Elements with Resilient Homes

Battle the Elements with Resilient Homes

This white paper reviews the benefits of ICF construction and how they protect homes from severe weather and environmental events.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


Fiberglass Entry Doors: High Performance Trend in Home Entryways

Fiberglass Entry Doors: High Performance Trend in Home Entryways

When a product is trending it is safe to assume that it has passed the rigors of consumer scrutiny. Such is the case of residential fiberglass entry doors. This product profile focuses on fiberglass entry doors and identifies the qualities that separate them from other options in the market today.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ProVia


DC Power: Tomorrow's Energy Demands Will Require More Attention

DC Power: Tomorrow's Energy Demands Will Require More Attention

While DC power operates many modern products in business applications, it powers far fewer products for consumer use. However, some associations are developing standards that will lead to the rapid adoption of DC power distribution. This white paper takes a look at DC power and how some experts believe it is the answer for future energy needs.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


Integrated Water Management: Key to Sustainable Development and Stability

Integrated Water Management: Key to Sustainable Development and Stability

Integrated Water Management is a process which promotes the coordinated development and management of water resources in an equitable manner without compromising vital ecosystems. This white paper dives into the Integrated Water Management process and reveals how communities and industries are addressing wastewater management into the future.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bio-Microbics


Add the Convenience of Hot Water Anywhere with a Tankless Water Heater

Add the Convenience of Hot Water Anywhere with a Tankless Water Heater

The ease of installation and low cost of electric tankless water heaters make the availability of endless hot water a reality in most any place you enjoy. This white paper identifies a few scenarios that would benefit from the convenience of hot water, and provides information to help you find the right size water heater.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: EcoSmart Green Energy Products


Battle the Elements with Resilient Homes Built with Insulated Concrete Forms

Battle the Elements with Resilient Homes Built with Insulated Concrete Forms

Insurance companies, state regulators and government agencies are providing significant insurance discounts for homes built to new, more resilient standards like the FORTIFIED Home standard. This white paper covers one popular approach to building a storm-resilient home — using insulated concrete forms (ICFs) for the wall assembly and foundation.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


What to Look for in Today's Replacement Windows

What to Look for in Today's Replacement Windows

Window replacement is something to take seriously, as the investment you make will directly impact your comfort and monthly utility expenses for the next couple of decades. This white paper takes a look at what homeowners should be looking for in replacement windows, including ratings, construction, and performance.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ProVia


Nanotechnology: The Future of Proven, Efficient Home Heating and Comfort

Nanotechnology: The Future of Proven, Efficient Home Heating and Comfort

Nanotechnology research has been rapidly intensifying in several fields such as biomedical, optical and electronics. Now it is being used to create an efficient heating source inside of homes and buildings. The white paper explains what nanotechnology is and how it is transforming the way we heat our living spaces.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


Boost Hot Water Output With an Easy, Economical Add-On

Boost Hot Water Output With an Easy, Economical Add-On

We expect it to be there at the turn of the faucet; when it isn’t, it can be frustrating to say the least. A small point-of-use, tankless water heater might be the right solution for you. This white paper explores one way to boost the output of your hot water system.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: EcoSmart Green Energy Products


Creating a Building Envelope That Beats Code

Creating a Building Envelope That Beats Code

In order to build a high performance home, builders need to embrace new technologies and techniques. The results can be greatly improved over traditional approaches. This white paper takes a look at some of the top things homebuilders should consider in choosing a wall system for the best building envelope.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


High Performance Homes, No More Cost

High Performance Homes, No More Cost

Energy-efficient and healthy don’t have to mean expensive. Our editors have compiled these top real-world strategies to live the way you want to at a price you can afford.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: EEBA


Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future

Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bio-Microbics


Achieve Greater Energy Efficiency with Next Generation Engineered Wood Panels

Achieve Greater Energy Efficiency with Next Generation Engineered Wood Panels

This white paper takes a look at the next generation of sheathing and roof products that are creating a visual sea of green in neighborhoods across the country.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Huber Engineered Woods


Prevent Ice Dams with Low-Voltage Heat

Prevent Ice Dams with Low-Voltage Heat

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


Water Reuse: Trends in Residential Water Recycling and Grey Water Use

Water Reuse: Trends in Residential Water Recycling and Grey Water Use

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bio-Microbics


What Every Homeowner Should Know About Entry Door Replacement

What Every Homeowner Should Know About Entry Door Replacement

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.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: ProVia


The Future of Water Conservation

The Future of Water Conservation

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ACT D'MAND Systems


Coastal Builder Uses Next Generation Roof Decks to Help Fortify Homes Against Storms

Coastal Builder Uses Next Generation Roof Decks to Help Fortify Homes Against Storms

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.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Huber Engineered Woods


DC Current Applications Emerging in an AC Environment as Renewable Energies Grow

DC Current Applications Emerging in an AC Environment as Renewable Energies Grow

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


NextGen ‘Welcome Home’ House Features Water Filter for Veteran’s Family

NextGen ‘Welcome Home’ House Features Water Filter for Veteran’s Family

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.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Environmental Water Systems


Five Options for Your Eco-Pavement

Five Options for Your Eco-Pavement

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bio-Microbics


Residential Walls and Foundations: Improving the Thermal Envelope

Residential Walls and Foundations: Improving the Thermal Envelope

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.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


What You Need to Know About Hard Water

What You Need to Know About Hard Water

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Environmental Water Systems


TEETH Project Provides Real-World, Real-Time Data on Insulation, Air Sealing Efficiency

TEETH Project Provides Real-World, Real-Time Data on Insulation, Air Sealing Efficiency

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.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Dow Building Solutions


How to Improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Zehnder America


Hot Water Distribution System Approved for Southern California On-Demand Efficiency (ODE) Program

Hot Water Distribution System Approved for Southern California On-Demand Efficiency (ODE) Program

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®).

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: ACT D'MAND Systems


Electric Tankless Water Heating Provides Efficiency in Three Scenarios

Electric Tankless Water Heating Provides Efficiency in Three Scenarios

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: EcoSmart Green Energy Products


Protect Homes in High Wind Zones with Roof Sheathing Products

Protect Homes in High Wind Zones with Roof Sheathing Products

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Huber Engineered Woods


Your Climate and Specific Needs Determine Proper Selection of Doors, Windows, Skylights and Their Glass

Your Climate and Specific Needs Determine Proper Selection of Doors, Windows, Skylights and Their Glass

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Solar Innovations


High Performance and High Efficiency Geothermal Home Heating, Air Conditioning and Water Heating Systems

High Performance and High Efficiency Geothermal Home Heating, Air Conditioning and Water Heating Systems

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.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: Enertech Global, LLC


Busting the Myths of Bottled Water

Busting the Myths of Bottled Water

This white paper tackles some of the myths surrounding bottled water. Once you know the real story, bottled water simply doesn't add up.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Environmental Water Systems


Supply and D’MAND®: Hot Water Now, Save Energy and Water for Our Future

Supply and D’MAND®: Hot Water Now, Save Energy and Water for Our Future

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ACT D'MAND Systems


Executing a Comprehensive Home Insulation Plan

Executing a Comprehensive Home Insulation Plan

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Dow Building Solutions


Portland Homeowners Turn to Geothermal for Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling

Portland Homeowners Turn to Geothermal for Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsors: Enertech Global, LLC , GeoComfort Geothermal Systems


Portland Homeowners Turn to Geothermal for Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling

Portland Homeowners Turn to Geothermal for Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling

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.

Type: White Paper

Sponsors: Enertech Global, LLC , GeoComfort Geothermal Systems


A Fresh Look at Indoor Air Quality

A Fresh Look at Indoor Air Quality

Home should be a place where you can breathe easy, but today that might not be the case. In this special report, we outline causes of indoor air pollution and discuss solutions available to create a safe and comfortable indoor environment.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: Zehnder America


Complementing Radiant Heat with Quiet, Cool Air Delivery

Complementing Radiant Heat with Quiet, Cool Air Delivery

Electric radiant heating systems have made significant strides in efficiencies and ease of installation, making homes comfortable throughout the heating months with its quiet heat delivery. Now there is a cooling technology that aspirates the interior air for a quiet, efficient delivery of cool, air conditioned comfort for the summer months.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


Ductless HVAC Offers Benefits for Building Professionals and Homeowners

Ductless HVAC Offers Benefits for Building Professionals and Homeowners

Ductless mini splits are gaining in popularity for both new homes and remodeling existing homes. Mini splits – a form of heat pump – provide new levels of energy efficiency for homes. This white paper identifies the benefits that homeowners and building professionals will find when making mini splits a part of a project.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: LG HVAC


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