Research Identifies Where to Air Seal for Maximum Impact, Efficiency and Savings

In today’s residential marketplace, air sealing has become a fundamental part of the home building equation, so knowing where and how to air seal will save you money, time and resources on a job. Recent data from a comprehensive industry study has yielded new insights into the role of air sealing in high performance building that can equate to savings for builders and homeowners.

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Environmental Benefits of Closed-Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam: A Preferred Insulation for High-Performance and Green Building Design

A focus on green building standards and more stringent code requirements have led to the adoption of best practices in construction materials and methods. Among those is the use of more efficient insulation systems, air barriers and seamless monolithic roofing systems. Use of closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (ccSPF) can help meet the stringent requirements of modern, sustainable building design. ccSPF provides excellent performance and environmental benefits. Read more today.

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Vision 2020: Cost Effective High Performance Building

Building science expert Mark LaLiberte dives into how a focus on health, performance, affordability, and efficiency should change the way you build a home.

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Vision 2020: Materials + Products | Evaluating Toxicants in Product Selection

Tom Lent of the Healthy Building Network and Paula McEvoy of Perkins+Will walk through the hazards and challenges of evaluating building products for toxicants and how it may influence design and manufacturing processes and material disclosure going forward.

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Energy Renovations: Insulation

This guide will help contractors and homeowners identify ways to make their homes more comfortable, more energy efficient, and healthier to live in. Contractors are encouraged to use this document, prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy Building America Program, to explain the value of insulation options and measures to their customers.

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Air Sealing: Guide for Contractors to Share with Homeowners Report

This guide will help homeowners identify ways to make their homes more comfortable, more energy efficient, and healthier to live in and will provide contractors and remodelers with the necessary supporting documentation to explain the value of these air sealing measures to their customers.

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Vision 2020 Manufacturers’ Council

For the third conference call in our Vision 2020 series, we turn the tables and have key sustainability representatives from each of the program’s sponsor companies report to the Vision 2020 section chairs on each manufacturer’s sustainable goals and measures of tracking progress. In this call, we host a round table discussion among the representatives about the challenges, opportunities, key issues, and processes of green product manufacturing.

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Tracking Progress

In the second of three Vision 2020 conference calls for the year, the Vision 2020 section chairs report back to one another on new developments and on-going progress in their respective areas.

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Meet the 2013 Vision 2020 Chairs

Kicking off the 2013 conference call series for Vision 2020, ECOHOME gathered the new class of section chairs for an introductory call. Meet each chair and hear about the top issues they’re working on in their respective areas.

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Sustainable Design for Windows

It has become very important for architects to understand how to choose a sustainable window and window frame system that will promote comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and longevity through quality construction. Learn more about Sustainable Design for Windows and how choosing an ENERGY STAR® rated window can contribute towards LEED for Homes credit.