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PATH Energy Efficiency Articles
- Better Building Blocks for Better Homes
Professional Builder, October 2006
What goes up as easily as a standard concrete masonry unit structure but is just as strong, more energy-efficient and easier to work with because of its light weight? It's autoclaved aerated concrete, a pre-cast manufactured building block made from quartzite sand, lime and water.
- Plugging into Energy Efficiency
, October 2006
Energy efficiency. Resource conservation. Green. These are the hot marketing buzzwords in new home construction. What do they mean to the professional remodeler? Potentially, they could mean a new market.
- When Size Matters
, September 2006
When doing an addition or renovation, remodelers often have to reconfigure or even replace the home's heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. If you want your customers to be really happy with the job, sizing the system correctly is key.
- Heat for the Feet
, Summer 2006
At the height of summer, your home heating system may be the farthest thing from your mind. But if you're planning a new home, it's not too early to think about the kind of system you want installed. And if comfort, efficiency and allergies are a concern, you'll want to look beyond a traditional forced air system.
- Solar Energy for Everyone
, June 2006
Many builders assume they need a hot, sunny state to even consider installing a photovoltaic (PV) system. While there is a benefit to being in these areas, homes in colder climates may be equally good -- or even better -- candidates.
- A Taste of Energy Efficiency
Late last year, my wife and I contracted with a full-service home improvement company to redo the small, dark kitchen in our 1950s-era Maryland rambler. Having worked as a designer and consultant in residential and commercial energy efficiency for many years, efficiency was a priority.
- Going Green with Better Greenery
Most builders and architects have an appreciation for landscaping. After all, a well-placed shrub or tree can make an attractive home look even better, while the right plantings can ensure proper drainage after a heavy rain. But with a little extra planning, landscaping can have a broader impact, turning an ordinary home into a "green" home that uses less energy and water.
- Replacement Window Options
New windows offer the perfect opportunity to improve a home's aesthetics and energy efficiency, but too often this chance slips away with inadequate installation.
- Going Green, Step by Step
California Builder, January/February 2006
PATH has interviewed several Title 24 experts in California who have examined the new standards and the most cost-effective ways to meet the code. You can meet the new Title 24 standards at minimal cost by considering the advice of these building energy experts.
Content updated on 12/6/2006
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