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Sustainable Manufacturing for Sustainable Homes

Posted by Heather Wallace

Aug 29, 2014 2:22:00 PM

New Chemical Technology in Whirlpool Refrigerators Will Help Builders Sell More Sustainable Kitchens and Sustainable Homes.

In the small hamlet of Amana, Iowa, history is repeating itself. 

In 1949, the world’s first side-by-side refrigerator was manufactured in Amana, changing residential kitchens forever. Now, 65 years later, the town is again home to an industry-first development that is poised to change the American home for the better. But this time around, the result won’t just be an improvement for the kitchen; it will be an improvement for the environment. 

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Topics: Green Appliances, Mariposa Meadows, whirlpool

The Ultimate Smart Home is "Wiser"

Posted by Heather Wallace

Jul 13, 2014 10:37:02 PM

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Topics: VISION House, Green Builder Media, schneider electric, home energy management

Featured Product: Rheem in VISION House Tucson

Posted by Heather Wallace

Jun 9, 2014 3:34:00 PM

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Green Products on Display in VISION House at Epcot

Posted by Heather Wallace

May 13, 2014 6:24:00 PM

Sustainable products on display in VISION House at Epcot

By Lori Johnston

The VISION House® at Walt Disney World has a message: Green living doesn't have to be a fantasyland. The creator, Green Builder® Media, says the home demonstrates how to incorporate mainstream green products and systems for everyday sustainable living. LED lighting from Sylvania, engineered hardwood wide plank floors by Armstrong, Boral's cultured stone, bricks and permeable pavers and photovoltaic solar panels from Hanwha Solar are among the products on display in the VISION House in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®. If you're visiting the theme park during the summer, the indoor display offers a break from the heat, as a Disney guide leads tours from the front exterior to the open living room, dining room and kitchen, then to the laundry room, bathroom and bedrooms, ending on the patio (still inside the building). These five eco-friendly and energy-efficient items caught our attention and caused tourists to gawk, too.

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Topics: VISION House, Green Builder Media, Disney, green products, News

Featured Product: Schneider Electric Solar Inverters in VISION House Tucson

Posted by Heather Wallace

May 2, 2014 1:19:00 PM

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Topics: VISION House, Green Builder Media, schneider electric

Case Study: Trane in ReVISION House Vegas

Posted by Heather Wallace

Apr 29, 2014 10:33:00 PM

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Case Study - ReVISION House Vegas

Manufacturer: Trane

Product: XL20i Heat Pump

Category: Heating and Cooling Equipment

Background

With the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Department of Energy (DOE) and their Building America Teams are developing ways to rapidly expand the number of home energy retrofits each year. Such is the case with the ReVISION Vegas home, a 1960’s-styled home that was retrofitted to address energy, water, indoor environment quality, green materials, durability and operations and maintenance. The project explores home performance remodeling, including the “house as a system” model, the use of energy saving and environmentally friendly products and the integration of on-site power systems to achieve a “net zero energy home.”

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Case Study: Rinnai in ReVISION House Vegas

Posted by Heather Wallace

Apr 29, 2014 9:45:00 PM

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Case Study - ReVISION House Vegas

Manufacturer: Rinnai®

Product: Tankless Water Heater

Category: Domestic Hot Water

In a traditionally designed and built home in the US, space heating and cooling are typically the largest energy uses. In a home strategically designed and engineered to be energy-efficient, it is often the domestic hot water that eclipses the space conditioning in energy consumption. This means that to approach a truly low-energy or zero-energy home, hot-water energy use must be aggressively addressed. After analyzing multiple options, the ReVISION House Vegas project team selected a very high performing combination system intended to meet all the projected domestic hot water demands, while providing the performance levels needed for a net zero-energy home: solar-thermal preheat and a Rinnai tankless gas water heater.

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Topics: VISION House, Green Builder Media, tankless water heater

Case Study: Milgard in ReVISION House Vegas

Posted by Heather Wallace

Apr 29, 2014 9:00:00 PM

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Case Study - ReVISION House Vegas

Manufacturer: Milgard

Product: ULTRA™ Series Fiberglass Windows and Patio Doors

Category: Windows and Glazing sytstems

Designing and building homes able to approach net-zero-energy first requires that overall energy use be reduced as much as practical. Determining major energy loads is the first step in developing a strategy to reduce those loads both practically and cost-effectively. In the hot-dry climate of Las Vegas, summer-time cooling most often represents the most significant energy use, and therefore reducing it is a top priority.

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Topics: VISION House, High-Performance Windows, Windows, Green Builder Media

Case Study: MBCI in ReVISION House Vegas

Posted by Heather Wallace

Apr 29, 2014 8:49:00 PM

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Case Study - ReVISION House Vegas

Manufacturer: MBCI

Product: BattenLok HS™ (Tundra)

Category: Standing Seam Metal "Cool" Roofing

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Topics: VISION House, standing seam metal roof, Green Builder Media, cool roof

Case Study: DuPont in ReVISION House Vegas

Posted by Heather Wallace

Apr 29, 2014 5:31:00 PM

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Case Study - ReVISION House Vegas

Manufacturer: DuPont

Product: Tyvek StuccoWrap; DuPont Roof Liner

Category: Weatherization Systems

Most of the strategies, technologies, materials, and design choices discussed in relationship to the ReVISION House Vegas focus on the energy-efficiency, or more broadly, the “sustainability” of the post-retrofit home. However, the true barometer of sustainability is measured by the ability to endure over time, thus the assuring the durability of whatever it is we value. It is with this in mind that the ReVISION project team selected DuPont Weatherization system products to provide the envelope moisture control for both the wall and roof systems. With over 25 years of residential performance on over 5 million homes, the DuPont™ Tyvek® line of protective membranes, breathable weather resistant barriers and flashing systems are the world’s leading weather protection products. The ReVISION House Vegas uses several of the Tyvek family of products in helping us reach our zero-energy goal, and do it for a long time!

Tyvek™ StuccoWrap® is a non-woven, breathable housewrap specifically designed and engineered for use below stucco surfaces. Its unique crimped surface texture provides a 3-dimension surface with continuous peaks and valleys assuring that a continuous drainage path is provided below whatever stucco surface is used for the final finish. Knowing that the finished stucco coat is only the first-line-of-defense and that a “weather-resistive-barrier” is also needed under the exterior finish, the project team chose StuccoWrap® for its ability to provide reliable redundant protection, and also because it is prescriptively indicated as a manufactured approved choice by Dryvit, for use below its exterior insulation finish system (EIFS), which was also used for the ReVISION House Vegas.

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Topics: VISION House, Green Builder Media, Weatherproofing

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