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Building Product Manufacturer Moves Towards 100% Renewables

Posted by Alan Naditz

Oct 23, 2020 4:02:35 PM

As this Eco-Leader demonstrates: When it comes to encouraging net-zero status with customers’ homes, it never hurts to start with your own.

Uponor, which manufactures plumbing and radiant heating systems and tools, recently took a big step when its Lakeville, Minn., distribution center became 100 percent wind-powered last spring. Since 2017, the company has been increasingly buying blocks of wind-produced renewable energy from local utilities.

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COGNITION Hot Take: Homeowners Brave the Elements

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 22, 2020 12:16:35 PM

As the weather turns colder, nature lovers and entertainers are undeterred, as indicated by the spike in outdoor heating and firepit purchases.

Homeowners are bundling up, choosing to socialize safely outside rather than moving inside and risking infection, especially with the holidays on the horizon.

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Transformation of Work

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 22, 2020 11:54:50 AM

With another wave of coronavirus engulfing the country, companies are further delaying workers’ return to the office. The forced uptick in remote working is having unforeseen social, economic, and political impacts.

When COVID-19 shuttered the U.S. economy in March, companies in all sectors of the economy instructed their employees to work from home, thinking that it would be a short hiatus.

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Prevent Stagnant Water in Home Plumbing Systems

Posted by Pete DeMarco, Guest Columnist

Oct 21, 2020 5:28:56 PM

A new Water Demand Calculator predicts the peak indoor water demand of a residential plumbing system. Use it to avoid overbuilt pipe systems that could result in aging water and pathogen growth.

Modern high-efficiency plumbing fixtures are in widespread use across the country, but the water supply systems of most buildings are still being designed based on the water demand of the plumbing fixtures of the 1930s. Things have changed a bit since then.

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A Radical Rethink on Home Energy Storage

Posted by Alan Naditz

Oct 20, 2020 2:46:44 PM

An innovative approach to home solar storage is just one example of this company’s groundbreaking steps forward in sustainability.

It was only a decade ago when Christoph Ostermann and Torsten Stiefenhofer introduced a radical product that addressed a simple question: Why shouldn’t a homeowner’s solar power stay with their home instead of sending it back to the grid?

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Lennox Focuses on “Perfect Air”—Raises Bar for Residential HVAC

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Oct 19, 2020 2:42:17 PM

Here’s an inside look at how Lennox is bringing HVAC into a new era with its products, corporate leadership, charitable endeavors, and focus on indoor air perfection. Learn about its state-of-the-art HVAC offerings in this newly released ebook.

The building industry is in the midst of a massive evolution brought on by a protracted labor shortage, sky-rocketing material and land costs, and strenuous regulation.

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The Heat Pump Imperative

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Oct 15, 2020 2:18:51 PM

The concept of an all-electric home has never made more sense.

In the built environment, improvements in technology now demarcate a clear path toward decarbonization. The timing is urgent. We are, quite literally, experiencing a perfect storm of human-fueled weather pattern disruption, from the inferno of Western wildfires to a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season.

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COGNITION Hot Take: Looming Air Conditioning Crisis?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 14, 2020 5:31:34 PM

The irony of cooling a warming planet: Existing air conditioning solutions will continue to turn up the heat unless conventional technology is disrupted and replaced.

According to the International Energy Agency, if the globe continues on its current warming trajectory, the global population will require 6 billion air conditioning units—triple the current number—by 2050 to keep indoor temperatures comfortable.

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One Company; Three Ways to Net Zero

Posted by Alan Naditz

Oct 14, 2020 12:07:14 PM

Training and education are setting the tone for this company’s sustainability efforts.

There’s no one way to go net zero—which is why Rheem Manufacturing is using three of them. The heating and cooling product manufacturer, under its “Greater Degree of Good” mantra, plans to meet 2025 sustainability goals through innovation, efficiency, and leadership.

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Net-Zero Everywhere

Posted by Alan Naditz

Oct 13, 2020 3:21:30 PM

Panasonic’s goal by 2050 is to create more energy than it uses. Projects on three continents showcase how it will get this done.

Call it “net-zero by the numbers.” For Panasonic, operating in a sustainable fashion means more than just implementing policy. It also means showing the world what happened when you did.

In the past three years, the electronics maker has made its home appliance recycling site, Panasonic ECO Technology Center (PETEC), and its battery manufacturing site, Panasonic Energy Belgium (PECBE), carbon emissions-neutral. Three more factories making up Panasonic do Brazil (PANABRAS) recently became the first on the American continent to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas status.

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Three Myths About All-Electric Appliances

Posted by Maria Meeuwisse, Guest Columnist

Oct 12, 2020 6:29:00 PM

Here are three of the most prevalent misconceptions about electric appliances debunked.

We all know it’s there, and we all know that no one wants to talk about it. The all-electric “elephant” in the room (or more specifically, the home). We are about to rip off the band-aid and address the belief that it costs more to have all-electric home appliances than gas or duel-fuel appliances.

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All-Renewable Energy Is an “Everyday” Affair

Posted by Alan Naditz

Oct 9, 2020 10:55:03 AM

This company believes that with each net-zero project achieved, the United States gets that much closer to decarbonization and a fully electrified society.

For Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US (METUS), developing effective solutions for high-performing net-zero buildings and homes is job one. It results in tangible outcomes such as: 

  • A home that offsets a family’s energy usage and feeds the electric grid.
  • A passive house multi-use commercial building that uses water-based technology for heating and cooling.
  • An office space in Minnesota that doesn’t require cost-heavy and energy-intensive auxiliary heat to keep employees warm through frigid winters. 
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COGNITION Hot Take: Home Buying? It’s for the Girls.

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 8, 2020 10:57:44 AM

Millennials and Gen Zs have become the biggest influencers in the home buying market. While the majority of home buyers in this audience segment are dual-income couples, women drive the bus when it comes to decision making.

According to COGNITION Smart Data, Green Builder Media’s suite of market intelligence services, millennials are flooding the housing market, buying homes (new and existing), and remodeling at unprecedented rates.

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