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A Cool Metal Roof Helps Homeowners Realize Their Green Home Dream

A Cool Metal Roof Helps Homeowners Realize Their Green Home Dream

Homeowners Ronda and Nigel Farrar knew they wanted to build a high-performance green home that would showcase the best in building science. Their vision was a home that would respect its surroundings near Escondido, California, and serve as a model for green design. They achieved this dream of a Net-Zero energy design using a metal roof.

Type: Case Study




Vinyl Siding Myths Busted

Vinyl Siding Myths Busted

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.

Type: White Paper




What is LEED for Homes and How Can Geothermal Heating and Cooling Play a Role?

What is LEED for Homes and How Can Geothermal Heating and Cooling Play a Role?

Green home certifications are gaining in popularity as homeowners and builders recognize the value comes with third-party verification of a home's sustainability and performance. One of the most popular green certifications is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for...

Type: White Paper




River Lodge Relies on Geothermal Heating and Cooling to Achieve LEED Certification

River Lodge Relies on Geothermal Heating and Cooling to Achieve LEED Certification

The custom home known as River Lodge is a refuge for its busy owners. They wanted their new home to reflect their passion for the environment. That’s why it’s respectful of the pristine wooded setting. And that’s also why it...

Type: Case Study




Choose a Metal Roof for Your Residential Solar Panel Mounting System

Choose a Metal Roof for Your Residential Solar Panel Mounting System

More and more homeowners are choosing to add solar power to their high-performance homes, but they may overlook an important factor: the roof under the solar panels. This white paper, sponsored by Louisville, Ky.-based Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation, explores the...

Type: White Paper




Ply Gem's Focus on Sustainability and Stewardship

Ply Gem's Focus on Sustainability and Stewardship

Ply Gem is more than just a manufacturer, they help build communities. They are committed to developing sustainable products that contribute to the improved energy efficiency and life cycle benefits of homes. Whether it’s the materials they use, how they...

Type: Guide




Boost Your Home's Energy Efficiency with Insulated Siding

Boost Your Home's Energy Efficiency with Insulated Siding

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

Type: White Paper




Seeing Green Part 3: Buying a Better Home

Seeing Green Part 3: Buying a Better Home

Builders and developers might be the experts in home construction, but it’s 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.

Type: White Paper




Residential Roofing Strategies Guide: A Comparison of Roofing Approaches for High-Performance Residential Construction

Residential Roofing Strategies Guide: A Comparison of Roofing Approaches for High-Performance Residential Construction

According to Energy Star, heating and cooling costs the average homeowner more than $1,000 per year, or about half the home's total energy bill. Investing in roofing that can lower those costs can pay off in lower utility bills and...

Type: Guide




Design a Home with a Distinctive Architectural Style with Sustainable Metal Roofing

Design a Home with a Distinctive Architectural Style with Sustainable Metal Roofing

When you look at a home, what's one of the most prominent features that's also one of the most overlooked? The roof. Because of its prominence, the roof sets the tone for the rest of the style of the home....

Type: White Paper




Selecting Active Technologies for an Energy-Efficient Home

Selecting Active Technologies for an Energy-Efficient Home

A popular approach for a green home is called Passive House. It calls for designing a home with a very tight building envelope and very high levels of insulation to minimize the need for mechanical heating and cooling. An alternative...

Type: White Paper




Seeing Green Part 2: Educating Builders and Developers

Seeing Green Part 2: Educating Builders and Developers

What keeps some builders from switching is the same thing that keeps some consumers from buying a high-performance home. They don’t understand and can’t see the advantages. And if they can’t their customers surely won’t, either. As this white paper reveals, focusing on deep green construction gives builders a competitive advantage.

Type: White Paper




Seeing Green Part 1: Building a Better Home

Seeing Green Part 1: Building a Better Home

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 hasn’t occurred as quickly as environmental and high-performance builders want. If...

Type: White Paper




ROSE Cottage Relies on Bosch for Energy-Efficient Heating, Cooling and Hot Water

ROSE Cottage Relies on Bosch for Energy-Efficient Heating, Cooling and Hot Water

Nestled among the leaf-covered hills of southern New Hampshire, The ROSE cottage is one of the first net-zero homes in New England. But it's more than a green home. It was designed to be a multi-generational refuge for the owners...

Type: Case Study




Ply Gem's Commitment to Sustainable Practices

Ply Gem's Commitment to Sustainable Practices

Whether for new construction or remodeling an existing home, green home building has become a higher priority than ever. This white paper explores some of the significant sustainability initiatives that Ply Gem, a manufacturer of a wide array of home...

Type: White Paper




Choose Green Certified Products for Your Home to Achieve High Performance and Comfort

Choose Green Certified Products for Your Home to Achieve High Performance and Comfort

Whether you're upgrading your current home or building a new one, it's wise to look for the labels - the green label that is. Various agencies and groups that study energy performance and environmental impact certify many home products. This white paper, sponsored by Ply Gem, reviews some of the most popular green building product certifications.

Type: White Paper




Use Cool Roof Technology for Home Energy Efficiency

Use Cool Roof Technology for Home Energy Efficiency

Often, the roof is the least energy efficient part of a home. According to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, about 30 percent of a home's energy is used for heating and cooling, and about half of that is due to heated...

Type: White Paper




Bosch Experience Center and Net Zero Home at Serenbe

Bosch Experience Center and Net Zero Home at Serenbe

Just south of Atlanta, the award-winning community of Serenbe is focused on creating an easy-living sustainable lifestyle. Serenbe has created a unique partnership with Bosch Thermotechnology Corp. to build energy efficient housing and a unique experience center.

Type: Brochure




Bosch Products Installed in Long Island Home for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Bosch Products Installed in Long Island Home for Hurricane Sandy Victims

The United Way of Long Island has been of tremendous help and assistance to the people of Long Island affected by Hurricane Sandy, and one young family in Long Beach has been the beneficiary of United Way help and housing...

Type: Case Study




ROSE Cottage Relies on Bosch Efficient Heating & Cooling

ROSE Cottage Relies on Bosch Efficient Heating & Cooling

The ROSE Cottage Project is a 3,370 sq ft single-family home in the capital city of Concord, New Hampshire, designed as one of the first zero net energy homes in northern New England. This multigenerational, aging-in-place house demonstrates how a...

Type: Case Study




How to Use Metal Roofing for Sustainable Building Practices

How to Use Metal Roofing for Sustainable Building Practices

A roof does more for your home than keep the rain out. It's an integral part of a home's building envelope. And a good roof will offer benefits that go far beyond simply keeping the rain away. Homeowners and residential...

Type: White Paper




Metal Sales Equips New Net-Zero Energy Prototype Home

Metal Sales Equips New Net-Zero Energy Prototype Home

The first-ever Proud Green Home built in Serenbe incorporates a variety of green building techniques and products. The home showcases and documents the performance of the latest residential green building technologies and products – much of the home's aesthetic appeal and performance is due to the roof and wall panels from Metal Sales.

Type: Case Study




Metal Sales Architectural Systems

Metal Sales Architectural Systems

Metal Sales roof and wall systems offer the design versatility to make a remarkable impression. Metal Sales quality products come in a variety of profiles, widths, and gauges. They can be curved, perforated, and color coated to any desired look – limited only by your imagination.

Type: Brochure




Design Your High-Performance Home with a Historic Style

Design Your High-Performance Home with a Historic Style

Who says you have to sacrifice style for performance? Today's high performance homes can offer energy savings, improved comfort and low maintenance while offering a wide range of architectural styles to meet any tastes. This white paper explores the concept...

Type: White Paper




Create Architectural Variety with High-Performance Windows in Green Home Design

Create Architectural Variety with High-Performance Windows in Green Home Design

Many of the high-profile homes that make headlines for their performance reflect a modernist design approach. This fact has left the impression that only a boxy, Euro-style home can be energy efficient. This white paper disproves that assumption and provides an overview of the versatility that windows bring to architectural design.

Type: White Paper




Introduction to Residential Solar Power

Introduction to Residential Solar Power

Homeowners can save utility costs and reduce their environmental impact by using the power of the sun.

Type: White Paper




Ply Gem Windows are a Featured Element of The Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Ply Gem Windows are a Featured Element of The Proud Green Home at Serenbe

This white paper explores how Ply Gem Windows are making The Proud Green Home at Serenbe a beautiful net-zero home.

Type: White Paper




How Windows Contribute to Energy-Efficient Homes

How Windows Contribute to Energy-Efficient Homes

This white paper explores the role that windows play in the thermal envelope and how to select the right windows for your home.

Type: White Paper




The Secret to Meeting the Dual Desires of Today's Home Buyers: Sustainable Homes that Deliver Low, Predictable Cost of Ownership

The Secret to Meeting the Dual Desires of Today's Home Buyers: Sustainable Homes that Deliver Low, Predictable Cost of Ownership

Few sustainable products offer a faster payback and a more comfortable living environment than an energy-saving, whole house insulation package. The opportunity to improve the efficiency of a building's envelope is one of the top reasons people decide to build a new home instead of buying an existing one.

Type: Case Study




Super-Tight Insulation Technology Helps First-Time Home Buyers Enjoy Healthier, More Energy Efficient Homes

Super-Tight Insulation Technology Helps First-Time Home Buyers Enjoy Healthier, More Energy Efficient Homes

This case study explores how one builder is creating sustainable homes that are good for the health of their occupants and the environment.

Type: Case Study




Heat Bleed Costs You Money

Heat Bleed Costs You Money

There is a direct connection between the heat escaping through the walls of your home, and the money escaping from your wallet. Your home may be permitting the escape of heat through its walls, roof, doors, windows and ventilation system. Learn what causes "heat bleed" and what you can do to prevent it.

Type: Case Study




Cut Your Heating and Cooling Costs with Energy Efficient Low-E Glass Windows

Cut Your Heating and Cooling Costs with Energy Efficient Low-E Glass Windows

Windows in your home let the sunshine in. But they can also be a source of heat gain and loss for your home. That means using more energy to heat and cool your home, which translates to higher energy costs and a greater environmental impact.

Type: White Paper




Make Sustainable Vinyl Siding a Part of Your Green Home

Make Sustainable Vinyl Siding a Part of Your Green Home

Make an environmentally responsible choice that can also beautify your home with vinyl siding.

Type: White Paper




The Green Home Effect

The Green Home Effect

If you're interested in green building, you're not alone. Green building is a growing movement, and more homeowners are including sustainable materials in their home plans.

Type: White Paper




Boost Your Home Energy Efficiency with Insulated Vinyl Siding

Boost Your Home Energy Efficiency with Insulated Vinyl Siding

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.

Type: White Paper




Get Your Home Green Certified

Get Your Home Green Certified

If you're going to create a dream green home, recognize its value with a green home certification.

Type: White Paper




Make Your Home More Green with Stone Veneer

Make Your Home More Green with Stone Veneer

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.

Type: White Paper




Ply Gem’s Sustainable Vision

Ply Gem’s Sustainable Vision

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.

Type: White Paper




Take Control of Your Heating and Cooling Costs with High-Performance R-5 Windows

Take Control of Your Heating and Cooling Costs with High-Performance R-5 Windows

With record temperatures in many parts of the United States, heating and cooling costs are hitting homeowners right in the bank account.

Type: White Paper




Exterior Home Design Elements that Work Together

Exterior Home Design Elements that Work Together

This white paper, sponsored by Ply Gem, discusses the benefits and strategies of creating a Designed Exterior home.

Type: White Paper




Update your home for energy efficiency and style

Update your home for energy efficiency and style

Investing in your home, the biggest asset most people own, can be a wise decision. A few basic remodeling projects can improve comfort and aesthetics and lower your utility costs.

Type: White Paper




The Designed Exterior by Ply Gem: Smart. Sustainable. Beautiful.

The Designed Exterior by Ply Gem: Smart. Sustainable. Beautiful.

This white paper, sponsored by Ply Gem,discusses the benefits and strategies of creating what is called The Designed Exterior by Ply Gem.

Type: White Paper




Building with Brick: Sustainable and Energy Efficient

Building with Brick: Sustainable and Energy Efficient

Performance Benefits of One of Man’s Oldest Building Materials. As builders evaluate their options, they may be surprised to learn that one of man’s oldest building materials is both natural and efficient – the very essence of sustainability.

Type: White Paper




Lincolnton, N.C. New Construction

Lincolnton, N.C. New Construction

Searching for the house they'd dreamed of near Charlotte, N.C., proved to be a challenge for Wray and Sarah Warner.

Type: Case Study




Alexandria, VA. Makeover

Alexandria, VA. Makeover

The change in this 1970's home located near Washington DC will inspire you to update your own home. Read about what's possible in just three weeks.

Type: Case Study




Seven homes in Seven days

Seven homes in Seven days

Seven Homes in Seven Days is the title of ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Ply Gem built seven homes for seven families in Joplin, Missouri.

Type: Case Study




Ply Gem Enviro Resource Guide - LEED Homes

Ply Gem Enviro Resource Guide - LEED Homes

Ply Gem Enviro Resource Guide. Ply Gem categories that include qualifying products for LEED Homes.

Type: Fact Sheet




Ply Gem Enviro Resource Guide - NAHB Standard

Ply Gem Enviro Resource Guide - NAHB Standard

Ply Gem categories that include qualifying products to the NAHB Standards.

Type: Fact Sheet




Ply Gem Corporate Brochure

Ply Gem Corporate Brochure

Ply Gem operates under one simple belief – that building your success starts by building your trust. That's exactly what they have been doing for more than 50 years.

Type: Guide




Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics

Ply Gem requires has the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct.

Type: Fact Sheet




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