Beyond the Energy Code: Worth It?

Updates to building codes plus consumer demand for energy-efficient homes presents an opportunity to position your homes above the rest. Get the most bang for your buck. In this webinar, learn what areas are worth it to focus on when you go above and beyond the energy codes.

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Energy Calculator

The Milgard Energy Calculator provides a quick and easy way to help you select windows and doors that can meet local energy codes and project requirements.

The tool gives you the flexibility to select the required ENERGY STAR® zone, u-factor, SHGC or VT, and determine which Milgard window and door products meet the selected requirements.

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Residential Water Heaters under the New 2015 Federal Standards

Water heaters are often the second largest energy user in the home, costing residents hundreds of dollars each year. Beginning in April 2015, the updated “NAECA” standards from the U.S. Department of Energy increased water heater efficiency requirements, driving major product changes in the U.S. market. “NAECA” stands for the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act and includes the federal regulations for water heater minimum efficiency levels.

The course reviews the new federal standards for water heaters, and describes the market implications for both new construction and replacements.

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Specifying Propane Standby Generators: Installation and Value Considerations

In the last 10 years, the demand for electricity has increased exponentially due to population growth and the increased use of power-thirsty devices, such as computers and flat-screen TVs.

For homeowners in many areas, this has resulted in electrical service outages that cause major disruptions. A standby generator can ensure a homeowner's quality of life by keeping the electricity flowing in the event of a power failure, and it can even serve as a primary energy source for homes built off the grid.

In this course, learn why many builders and homeowners are choosing to install propane standby generators and what to consider when selecting the best generator for the job.

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Propane-Enhanced Renewable Energy Systems

Most American homeowners, now acutely aware of fluctuating energy prices and the environmental implications associated with continued use of some conventional energy sources, are driving a demand for alternative energy sources for their homes. As a construction professional, it is up to you to propose alternative energy systems to be used in your homes.

In this course, learn why propane is an ideal backup energy source for a wide range of renewable energy systems.

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Choosing to Live Off-Grid: Energy Generation and Fuel Choices

Living off the grid has become increasingly popular over the past decade. Energy independence, pursuit of a more sustainable life style, moving away from the city and economics are all cited as common reasons for choosing to live off grid.

Off-grid and standby generators can be used in combination with renewable energy sources for successful off-grid living.

This program compares and contrasts types of generators, and fuel choices for off-grid living.

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Analysis of Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrades

The energy use of a home varies widely depending on a number of factors, including the climate, number of occupants, resident behavior, and mechanical systems. Because there are so many contributing factors, decisions on where and when to invest in energy-efficient equipment can be tricky for a homeowner, especially when it comes to paying a premium for higher efficiency equipment.

In this course, which focuses on the typical energy use for average, single-family detached households, learn more about what factors to take into account when considering an upgrade of a home’s energy system or appliances.

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Housing's Next Frontier

Net Zero Homes are estimated to grow 33% from 2015-2016 alone, but why are they accounting for less than 1% of the U.S. housing stock?
Learn how you can boost your sales of Net Zero homes!

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DOE: Building America Solution Center - Energy Star Windows

Select and install high-performance windows, preferably windows that are ENERGY STAR rated or that meet or exceed the ENERGY STAR program requirements for windows, doors, and skylights. If you are seeking certification under the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program or the U.S. Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready Home program, read this for more specific guidance.

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DOE: Characterization of Energy Savings and Thermal Comfort Improvements Derived from Using Interior Storm Windows

This report records the results of a field study conducted in a historic home in Seattle, Washington, to document the performance of interior storm window inserts. The energy use and thermal performance of the house were monitored before and after the installation of the inserts. Using the defined analysis approach, it was determined that the interior storm windows produced a 22% reduction in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning energy use and reduced building envelope leakage by 8.6%. Learn more.

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