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Below is an alphabetical list of all the technologies in the inventory.

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A
Reduce lumber use and still maintain structural integrity

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Injecting air encourages decomposition that produces a cleaner effluent

CAD Drawings available for this technology


A retrofit method for sealing existing HVAC ducts


Mechanical devices to equalize sewer line pressure used instead of vent piping through the roof.

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Non-metallic, fiberglass product for exterior wall reinforcement of stucco and mortar for lightweight veneer


Multipurpose pressure piping that can be used for hot and cold water distribution indoors and outside


Prevent energy dollars from going through the roof with custom insulation at the access hatch.

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Manufactured building block made of all-natural raw materials


Hands-free water faucet operation


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A quick growing alternative to building with 2x4s.


Durable wood flooring from fast-growing forests and fields

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Exterior wall system using concrete bricks cast in shapes which require no mortar to install


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Multipurpose, solid material with the working characteristics of wood


By-products from other manufacturing or electric generating processes can be substituted for cement


Strategy to promote occupant comfort and good IAQ


Alternative rigid polymer pipe


An appliance which makes home-spun electricity and heat


CFL's are four times more efficient and last up to 10 times longer than typical incandescents


Durable exterior decking material that needs no maintenance and doesn't crack, split, or warp


Window frames that resist warping and fading


Improving the properties of concrete


Alternative aggregate materials


Make your concrete surfaces both decorative and functional


Alternatives to conventional forming methods for concrete footings and piers

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Replaces traditional solvent-based waterproofing on foundation walls


An environmental wastewater treatment solution that relies on marsh plant roots for filtration


Durable wood flooring from fast-growing forests and fields

CAD Drawings available for this technology


An alternative to traditional threaded black-iron gas piping


Manage crawlspace moisture with mechanical ventilation dehumidification


A high-temperature, flexible plastic (polymer) pipe


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Cooling interior air by removing the humidity with renewable non-energy consuming materials


A sealed coil that removes the heat from waste hot water for reuse in preheating hot water


Continuous attic air intake vents for rafter framed roofs


Shallow, slow, pressure-dosed release of pretreated wastewater directly at or above the surface of the soil


Drywall clips and stops support drywall or wood paneling at corners and replace blocking


Structural drywall corners and butt joint systems


Speeds installation and promotes IAQ


Combine the flexibility of room air conditioners with the whole house cooling of central systems

CAD Drawings available for this technology


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E
Simplify wiring and reduce wall penetrations


Continued access to electrical service during power outages


Reclaiming energy from exhaust airflows while providing fresh air to the home

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Frame walls with manufactured wood products for added value.


Repipe without tearing out the walls or tearing up the front yard


Durable wood flooring from fast-growing forests and fields

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Whole-house cooling in arid regions at a low first cost


A synthetic stucco cladding system that acts as a rain screen barrier


A versatile, moisture resistant closed-cell foam insulation to insulate foundations and control moisture


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A durable exterior cladding material


Non-metallic, fiberglass product for exterior wall reinforcement of stucco and mortar for lightweight veneer


Synthetic-fiber reinforcement to reinforce concrete in non-structural applications


Prevent water from getting in with flashing on roofs, windows, doors, and cladding intersections.


Effortless framing of curved planes - from walls to soffits to door and window arches


Inexpensive replacement for Portland cement


Innovative modular building unit for creating ventilated under-floor cavities


Exterior foundation systems that can combine waterproofing membranes and insulation

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Reduce the chances of the foundation being compromised during flooding

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Replaces traditional solvent-based waterproofing on foundation walls


A resource efficient design for foundations in all U.S. climates

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Converts the energy of hydrogen into electrical energy without the need for combustion


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Gas flow valves restrict the flow of gas at meters or appliances during breakages or ruptures in a home’s gas lines.


An alternative to traditional threaded black-iron gas piping


Use the natural heat storage capacity of the earth or ground water to provide energy efficient heating and cooling

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Satellites streamline the site grading process


Alternative leach field design


Roof-top plants provide a pleasing aesthetic and environmental benefits


Wastewater from sinks, washing machines, and dishwashers can be treated and reused

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Construction speed and dimensional accuracy


Easier to fasten properly and make accurate cuts


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Use a heat pump to heat hot water

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Refrigerants that do not break down the ozone layer of the atmosphere


Comfort and safety features mark today’s residential windows


Designed to resist damage from impact and high winds

CAD Drawings available for this technology


New high-efficiency refrigerators exceed the federal energy requirements and can save consumers a substantial amount of money


Systems that are placed in the central HVAC system and filter over 90% of allergens and other pollutants from the air.


The washer-dryer combination unit simplifies doing laundry.


By tumbling clothes like a dryer, these machines use less water and energy


A pump rapidly moves water from a water heater to the fixtures


This device continuously monitors and controls relative humidity by connecting to high efficiency fans, humidifying or dehumidifying equipment.


A lightweight composite curtain wall panel that can withstand airborne debris impacting at 35 mph and wind speeds of 130 mph.


HVAC "smart" zoning technology consists of dampers and electronic controls that attach to standard central air systems.


Installing HVAC within conditioned space improves energy efficiency, comfort, and health

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Proper sizing of HVAC equipment can mean savings in initial and operating cost of mechanical equipment and increased comfort


Modular houses shipped with the panels for garages and porches.


A pre-manufactured steel and polymer-surfaced foundation wall system with integral insulation.


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Floor and roof systems constructed with insulating concrete forms and reinforced concrete


Foam forms that are filled with reinforced concrete and reinforcement bar to create insulated structural walls.

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Cement-bonded recycled wood chip forms that hold concrete in place during curing and remain to provide thermal and sound insulation.


Heat from the friction produced by magnetized molecules: A cool way to cook


Home automation systems can control a home's systems (e.g., senors, wiring, appliances) from a single control center.


In-line fan units can service several bathrooms and provide an energy efficient method of controlled ventilation.


Structural headers that have been engineered for the load and include insulation.

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Foam insulated vinyl siding systems that provide thermal insulation benefits

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Floor and roof systems constructed with insulating concrete forms and reinforced concrete


Foam forms that are filled with reinforced concrete and reinforcement bar to create insulated structural walls.

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Cement-bonded recycled wood chip forms that hold concrete in place during curing and remain to provide thermal and sound insulation.


Loose insulation that is installed by blowing it into a cavity like mineral wool and cellulose.

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Non-fiberglass batts made of cotton, sheep's wool, and rock or slag wool


Cellulose, fiberglass, or mineral wool sprayed in a moist state into an open stud cavity

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Foam insulation that is sprayed into place and then expands to fill cavities

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Electrical circuits continued with plugs rather than junction boxes.


Increase energy efficiency and maintain exterior aesthetics


Coatings and caulking that won’t fuel a fire


Intelligent irrigation for residential landscapes


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Kitchen recycling centers are modified kitchen cabinets that neatly conceal recycling bins.


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Make low water flows feel "wetter" because of the pattern of the flow.


Similar performance to urethane foam with the advantage of soap-and-water cleanup and a lower, more predictable rate of expansion


Durable solid-state light that is more compact and durable than incandescents


CFL's are four times more efficient and last up to 10 times longer than typical incandescents


Rely on sensors, not people, to remember to turn off the lights


Save substantial amounts of water compared to conventional fixtures


A cost effective way to address storm water management through site design modifications and "Best Management Practices"


Low-VOC paints do not release significant pollutants and are virtually odor free.


Reducing home heating costs


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M
A pier foundation system used with manufactured housing.


Ground anchor system that limits lateral building movement in manufactured homes.


A strong, easy-to-use alternative to masonry mortar


High-velocity, small-diameter HVAC duct system that can be easily installed.

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Combine the flexibility of room air conditioners with the whole house cooling of central systems

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Heating coil units that are heated with water from the water heater rather than a separate resistance heater.


Segmental retaining walls employ interlocking concrete units that tie back into the earth to efficiently resist loads.


Modular houses shipped with the panels for garages and porches.


Apartment buildings built up from cube-like modules assembled in a factory


Steel is gaining a foothold on wood's long-standing dominance in residential framing.


New option can increase utility and value of modular homes.


Apartment buildings built up from cube-like modules assembled in a factory


Automatically makes slight operating adjustments to achieve maximum efficiency


Treated products with gypsum cores will not absorb moisture as easily as typical gypsum board.


Exterior wall system using concrete bricks cast in shapes which require no mortar to install


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A lighter sheathing panel, less prone to thickness swelling


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O
Hot water on-demand with 10-20% water heating savings

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Build better quality homes in less time with a house factory on-site


A necessity in areas that are not provided with city sewers


Reduce lumber use and still maintain structural integrity

CAD Drawings available for this technology


A lighter sheathing panel, less prone to thickness swelling


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P
Reinventing the home construction process using assembly line automation and prefabricated panels


Circulate solar heated air and outwardly-conducted heat back inside to create a higher effective R-value


Pavement system that allows water to seep through the surface, permitting natural filtration


A high-temperature, flexible plastic (polymer) pipe


When the temperature becomes warmer, PCMs liquefy and absorb and store heat, thus cooling the house.


Photovoltaic (PV) systems incorporate solar electric collectors with power conversion equipment to supply electricity to the home.


Photovolatic modules that are integrated directly into a roof's surface to provide more aesthetic appeal

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Plastic chamber leach fields can be substitutes for gravel beds.


High-strength plastic composite does not corrode, rust, or stain wood surfaces


Below ground ductwork system of pipe and fittings for slab foundation applications


High density, exterior plastic trim, is more durable and has a lower installation cost than wood.


Make low water flows feel "wetter" because of the pattern of the flow.


Save substantial amounts of water compared to conventional fixtures


Control centers for hot and cold water that feed flexible plastic supply lines to individual fixtures

CAD Drawings available for this technology


A concrete wall cast in a factory and assembled in the field that can be used below or above grade

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Combine the positive attributes of a traditional system with the energy-saving benefits of solar energy


A single unit of stair treads, risers and stringers prefabricated of concrete, wood, metal and/or polymers for access to entrances


Ready-to-install exterior concrete and fiberglass structures with economical and low profile in-ground installation


In this technique, effluent is delivered to the leach field in intermittent doses by a pump.


Programmable thermostats save energy by permitting occupants to set temperatures according to whether the house is occupied.


Pumice-Crete is a low density and resource-efficient concrete consisting of pumice aggregate, Portland cement, and water.


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Block the effects of radiant heat gain in homes by reflecting radiant heat rather than absorbing it


Surface-mounted electric radiant ceiling panels provide heating through radiant heat transfer

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Keeping homes cool with chilled water rather than chilled air.


Radiant heat installed beneath a finished floor that isn’t embedded in concrete.

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Deterring rainwater intrusion into walls


Rainwater harvesting techniques recycle storm water for irrigation.

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Building with soil based materials


Walls, floors and roofs made of composite high density foam and stud panels


Improved on-site wastewater treatment and disposal technology


Said to be more resilient and colorfast than virgin fiber carpet


Old wood given new life


Mix of wood fibers and waste plastics turns into durable material


Roof-top plants provide a pleasing aesthetic and environmental benefits


Heat pump uses hot water as the source for auxiliary heating demands


Continuous attic air intake vents for rafter framed roofs


Designed to resist damage from impact and high winds

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Housewrap for the roof


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Duct connections that install quickly and easily


Treatment system that consolidates wastewater from multiple sources before discharging to a centrally locate drainage area


Pre-manufactured modular products that are cost effective and easy to design, specify, install, and inspect


Intelligent irrigation for residential landscapes


Proper vapor transmission for all seasons


A roof venting system that may be used for new construction and retrofitting


Systems that use the sun to heat either water or a heat-transfer fluid in collectors generally mounted on a roof


Ventilating is a breeze with solar-powered fans


Decorative, architectural block that has a rough, stone-like texture


In areas where pool-construction is common, spray-applied concrete has also been used for home construction.


The Fast Track Foundation System: for Retrofit or New Construction


Cold-formed steel members in c- sections with standard dimensions used for framing

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Automatic tools that speed steel construction.


Steel L-headers consisting of single or double steel "L" angles that significantly reduce installation time.

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Steel is gaining a foothold on wood's long-standing dominance in residential framing.


Efficient and economic material in great supply


Sheathing constructed of straw based products, designed to replace labor intensive 2x4 stud and drywall construction


Panels made from a thick layer of foam (polystyrene or polyurethane) sandwiched between two layers of Oriented Strand Board (OSB), plywood or fiber-cement.


Structural insulated panels with a finished surface


Combines insulative and water-resistant barrier benefits with structural properties to offer an affordable method of bridging the thermal short-circuiting of a building’s frame


Available option to meet networking needs of homeowners.


Change the light transmittance, transparency, or shading of windows


Housewrap for the roof


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Hot water on-demand with 10-20% water heating savings

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Methodical inspection and treatment program eliminating excessive pollution


Physical barriers rather than termiticides


New option can increase utility and value of modular homes.


Toilets that flush with an average of 20 percent less water.


Materials that permit diffuse natural light into the home


Trusses that can be shortened by as much as 12 inches on each end

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Add natural lighting to rooms through a small tube rather than a large roof window.

CAD Drawings available for this technology


New product now opens up many more durable sealants to the industry by eliminating the need for special mixing or applicator tools.


Two-stage evaporative coolers improve efficiency and reduce the amount of moisture added to the air.


Quality, cost control, and land use efficiency


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Taking accessibility a step further


Taking accessibilty a step further


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Special core panel enclosed in an air-tight envelope


Increase energy efficiency, reduce moisture condensation problems, and increase indoor air quality


Strategy to promote occupant comfort and good IAQ


Resource efficient clothes washing machine


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By tumbling clothes like a dryer, these machines use less water and energy


Resource efficient clothes washing machine


The washer-dryer combination unit simplifies doing laundry.


Injecting air encourages decomposition that produces a cleaner effluent

CAD Drawings available for this technology


An environmental wastewater treatment solution that relies on marsh plant roots for filtration


Shallow, slow, pressure-dosed release of pretreated wastewater directly at or above the surface of the soil


Alternative leach field design


Treatment system that consolidates wastewater from multiple sources before discharging to a centrally locate drainage area


Numerous advantages over air-cooled units


Prevent extensive water damage from plumbing failures


Use a heat pump to heat hot water

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Systems that use the sun to heat either water or a heat-transfer fluid in collectors generally mounted on a roof


Hot water on-demand with 10-20% water heating savings

CAD Drawings available for this technology


A single unit can heat water for domestic washing and provide a source for the home's conditioned air heating

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Multipurpose pressure piping that can be used for hot and cold water distribution indoors and outside


Repipe without tearing out the walls or tearing up the front yard


A high-temperature, flexible plastic (polymer) pipe


Designed for use over concrete floors to alleviate moisture problems associated with placing wood subfloor in direct contact with concrete slabs


Systems that are placed in the central HVAC system and filter over 90% of allergens and other pollutants from the air.


Give control of air-exchange to homeowners rather than to weather or wind speed


Improvements from old, labor-intensive metal roofing


Powering homes is a breeze with wind turbines scaled for personal use.


Improve energy efficiency, reduce solar gain, and block ultraviolet radiation


Comfort and safety features mark today’s residential windows


The flexibility to control the temperature in one or more locations of your choosing.


Durable wood flooring from fast-growing forests and fields

CAD Drawings available for this technology


Preservative treated, infestation and decay resistant lumber used as an alternate material for crawl space, basement, and stem wall foundations

CAD Drawings available for this technology


An affordable alternative to custom millwork


Same benefits of conventional wood preservatives, with fewer health concerns


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A water-conserving alternative for attractive exterior space planning


A versatile, moisture resistant closed-cell foam insulation to insulate foundations and control moisture


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