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  • Water-Conserving Washer from LG

    LG. The WM2701HV model offers a 4.5-cubic-foot-capacity stainless steel tub to reduce the number of loads; it automatically senses water hardness and detergent level, adjusting cycle length and water level to maximize efficiency. The washer achieves an MEF rating of 2.57 and a WF of 3.4, or nearly...

  • Energy-Efficient Washer from Frigidaire

    Frigidaire. The Affinity series laundry set is rated for a modified energy factor (MEF) of 2.31 and a water factor (WF) of 3.8, or about 28% and 97% better than current thresholds, respectively. The washer offers spin cycles up to 1,100 rpm and purports a 25-minute wash cycle among 25 wash options...

  • Product Review: Clothes Washers

    Special cycles, smart sensors, and new designs help the latest crop of washers save more energy and water than ever before.

  • Case Study: Net-Zero Home in Lewisville, Texas, Sets High-Performance Standard

    GreenCraft Builders' latest Texas project blends well with its 60s-era neighborhood, while its high-performance features push the boundaries of modern sustainability.

  • Product Review: Heat-Recovery Ventilators & Energy-Recovery Ventilators

    Starting in 2011, all new homes built to comply with the federal Energy Star Qualified Homes standard—perhaps 200,000 units if the NAHB’s forecast for that year holds true—will be required to provide an adequate amount of controlled, fresh-air ventilation as part of a comprehensive energy...

  • Case Study: Pardee Homes' Manzanita Trail in San Diego Demonstrates Attainability of Green Production Housing

    Through its LivingSmart green-building standard, Pardee balances the cost and schedule considerations of production building with features that save energy, conserve resources, and promote health.

  • Affordably Sustainable in Portland

    Helensview Heights is all about sustainability, but far more than just the stuff you can feel, touch, or tack onto a house.

  • HIT Series Photovoltaic Panels by Sanyo

    HIT Series photovoltaic panels for residential, grid-connected systems feature a proprietary hybrid of single crystalline silicon surrounded by ultra-thin, amorphous silicon layers to reach greater cell and module efficiencies. Panels measure 51.2 by 35.2 inches, achieve an STC maximum power rating...

  • PVL-136 FlexLight Panel by EcoTechnologies

    PVL-136 FlexLight is a flexible, lightweight, laminate PV panel that adheres directly to the roof finish without nullifying the roof’s warranty. The panel’s laminated design captures the complete solar spectrum more efficiently than traditional systems, says the manufacturer, to produce more...

  • Residential Roof-Mounted Solar Kit by Luma Resources

    This residential roof-mounted solar kit, invented by a roofing contractor, uses thin-film PV technology and consists of 60 solar shingles, a DC-AC inverter, and all flashing and fastening components. Each interlocking shingle measures 51.125 by 15.625 inches and achieves an STC maximum power rating...