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  • SPF Installation a Growing Market

    The increasing demand for eco-friendly homes is driving interest in building materials and methods that conserve energy. One such product is spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation, with manufacturers reporting double-digit growth annually.

  • LED Lighting Saves Energy

    A new light is about to break on the horizon of residential illumination: light emitting diodes, or LEDs. LEDs have been used for years in indicator, electronic readout, and signage applications, as well as in the theater industry. More recently, LEDs are increasingly used as architectural accents...

  • Domestic solar water heating is back.

    Because it saves natural resources, reduces carbon emissions, and offers a money-saving opportunity for homeowners, solar water heating was named one of the top 10 technologies for 2007 by the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH)...

  • LED Lighting

    A new light is about to break on the horizon of residential illumination: light emitting diodes, or LEDs. They have been used for years in indicator, electronic readout, and signage applications, as well as in the theater industry. More recently, LEDs have seen increasing use as architectural...

  • Green Building Tips and Trends

    Every year the conversation about going green advances and green home building programs spread throughout the country. In the 2006 PROSALES 100 alone, 50% of dealers indicated they promote or sell green building products.

  • Automatic standby generators in homes

    Everyday life depends so much on electrical power.

  • Manufacturers introduce vinyl siding lines with traditional profiles and and performance improvements.

    Lately, manufacturers have been introducing vinyl siding lines with traditional profiles and with features that offer performance improvements over products of the past. Deeper, darker color palettes and insulated panels also continue to proliferate.

  • Structural insulated panels are an energy-efficient framing alternative.

    Structural insulated panels are an energy-efficient framing alternative.

  • New insulation products allow builders and contractors to create more efficient and quieter interior environments.

    A variety of new insulation products, from batts to boards to loose-fill, provide a combination of thermal efficiency and sound abatement, allowing builders and contractors to create more efficient and quieter interior environments.

  • New Efficiency Standards for Air Conditioners

    As of Jan. 23, residential air conditioner manufacturers were no longer allowed to produce air conditioning units with a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) less than 13. By all accounts, the tougher standard is the biggest and most dramatic change the air conditioning industry has had to make...