The current mantra in designing homes is “tear down those walls!” Open floorplans are must-haves because they accentuate the casual living environment that consumers crave.
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in the home are major comfort factors, and can even be health concerns. Making sure you install a cost-effective HVAC system with a long life is essential for a well-rounded project.
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Energy-efficient homes require careful attention to indoor air quality.
Historically, residential ventilation wasn’t considered a problem by builders or homeowners because it was largely believed that operable windows and high rates of enclosure leakage provided enough outside air in the home.
People spend nearly 90 percent of their time indoors, with the majority of that time spent in their homes
Houston-area builder M Street Homes' first Zero Energy Ready Home employs a unique bundled arrangement of mechanical systems
Cost-effective ways to meet zero-energy-ready home requirements
A home produces enough energy to charge electric cars and power part of the museum next door
EcoVent is an Energy Star-rated fan from Panasonic that delivers airflow by incorporating a unique Veri-Boost feature to ensure optimal performance without compromising style.
The Energy Star-certified LoProfile fan from Broan-NuTone is designed for retrofit applications and multi-family new construction.
A new study shows the risk of mortgage default is one-third lower for energy-efficient, Energy Star-rated homes—a factor lenders and Congress should consider when making mortgage loans and policy.
While special considerations were necessary in providing the heating and cooling systems for one of the first passive houses built in the U.S., mostly conventional materials were used for the building envelope.