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LG Launches Redesigned Heat Recovery Units

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 31, 2018 8:52:16 AM

New HVAC Systems Offer Greater Installation Flexibility, Increased Capacity and an Improved Design

Air conditioning technologies innovator LG Electronics has launched its redesigned Heat Recovery Units (HRUs) in the United States. Previewed at AHR Expo 2018, the upgraded HRUs offer enhanced installation flexibility, an improved system pipe configuration, as well as the addition of six- and eight-port models.

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Topics: green products, heat recovery ventilation

AVIR Smart Ventilation from HQ Hometek

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 15, 2018 2:01:33 PM

Healthy Green Sensible Ventilation from the Bottom Up

There has been a concerted effort by homebuilders, government entities, and building science to design homes that are energy efficient and sustainable.  The demand has resulted in innovative products and building methods to achieve those goals. But in the pursuit of increased efficiencies, the health of the home and by extension its occupants, is often compromised.

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Topics: Indoor Air Quality, green products, ventilation

ON DECK: Sustainable Choices for Decks and Railings

Posted by Hilary Daninhirsch

Mar 12, 2015 1:51:00 PM

Wood is still a popular choice, but new technologies are making composites more attractive and sustainable.

A DECK ISN'T JUST an appendage on a house. Decks blur the barrier between indoor and outdoor living. There are myriad sustainable decking and railing options to consider, from classic wood to the scores of new composite decking materials. Many of these incorporate recycled substances that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill, including carpet fibers, plastics, rice husks, bamboo and wood flour.

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Topics: Green Landscaping, outdoor living, green products, decking, eco-landscaping

Better Wastewater Treatment

Posted by Juliet Grable

Oct 1, 2014 1:35:43 PM

OUR COUNTRY'S SEWER infrastructure is failing. Many centralized sewer systems were built right after World War II and are nearing the end of their useful lives, and untreated sewage regularly spills into our lakes and rivers from overburdened treatment plants.

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Topics: graywater, green products, wastewater treatment

PCBC Round-Up

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 12, 2014 12:33:00 PM

FOR MORE THAN five decades, the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, or PCBC, has served as a networking venue for people in the home construction industry. At this year’s show, held in June in San Francisco, much of the talk concerned Title 24, the State of California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards. The 2013 standards, which went into effect on July 1, 2014, mandate a 25 percent improvement in the energy efficiency of homes and a 30 percent improvement for nonresidential buildings, compared to 2008 version of the code. Sample changes include prescriptive standards for window U-factors and a required 250-square-foot “solar ready” zone on single-family roofs. Title 24 represents one of the strictest building code adopted by a state, and is a precursor to California’s adoption of a net-zero-energy code by 2020.

To that end—and in addition to the hundreds of booths showcasing major manufacturers and service providers—the exhibit floor included pavilions exploring breakthrough solutions in energy, smart home technologies, green products, water conservation and outdoor living—plus tutorials and “ask the expert” sessions on implementing these new advances. Green Builder staff were on hand to learn about companies and technologies that will help builders achieve the high standards of Title 24 in California, and beyond.

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Topics: green products

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