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  • Preassmbled Interlocking Blocks From ARXX

    ARXX. A trio of ICF systems include knock-down and preassembled interlocking blocks to create walls between 4 and 24 inches thick and 60 feet high. The systems offer two- to four-hour fire resistance based on core thickness, a noise rating of STC 50 or higher, and resistance to F5 tornado winds...

  • Glass Performance Tutorial From Jeld-Wen

    Jeld-Wen. The company a 2010 Energy Star Partner of the Year, offers an energy resource section on its Web site with information on the energy tax credits, a tutorial on glass performance, guidelines on Energy Star zone requirements, and a list of qualified models. The site also lists thermal...

  • Website With Tax Credit Assistance From Pella

    Pella. The companys Web site provides information about basic performance options and benefits the best use of its Insulshield windows energy tax credits and a complete list of products that qualify for those credits. Its Architectural Services Division also offers consultations and tools to select...

  • Preassembled Interlocking ICFs From Owens Corning

    Owens Corning. The Fold-Form system of preassembled interlocking blocks enable walls from 4 to 16 inches thick. Universal Corner Kits and hardware/accessory packages allow for faster and complete installations and a wide variety of shapes, including curved walls, brick ledges, and offsets. The...

  • Energy Performance Window Package From Andersen

    Andersen. The EcoExcel energy performance package includes all windows that qualify for the federal energy tax credit and an online service to verify compliance with the tax credit and save the manufacturer’s certification statement. Andersen also sponsors “Windows in Sustainable Design: Design...

  • High-Performance-Window Resources From AMSCO

    AMSCO. The company provides performance data for all of its window products online and offers a section to help educate consumers about high-performance windows, including a glossary of window terminology. Demonstration kits for its dealer network show the difference between clear glass and the...

  • Online Window Optimization Tools From Simonton

    Simonton. Online tools include PDFs of the company’s Energy Star–qualified glass options across all product lines by climate zone and of those that qualify for federal tax credits. The site features a description of the components employed to achieve efficient windows and a downloadable consumer...

  • Product Review: Insulated Concrete Forms

    The need for energy efficiency is driving interest in ICFs. Here's what you need to know before trying out this building system.

  • Online Glossary of Insulating Glass Options From Hurd

    Hurd. An online glossary and comparative chart of various insulating glass options supplements printed materials that illustrate and explain the best use of each option for residential projects. The company also offers continuing education courses through www.aecdaily.com/en/2 and in person via its...

  • Energy-Efficient Washer and Dryer From Asko

    Asko. The W6903FI series full-size washer uses only 9.5 gallons of water per load or about 3,200 gallons a year. The unit achieves an MEF of 2.4 and a WF of 4.2 (33% and 78.5% better than 2009 thresholds, respectively). An internal heater produces optimal temperatures throughout the wash cycle...