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You can increase the value of your next remodeling project by including energy efficiency improvements. Learn how with Energy Efficiency Improvements for Remodeling Projects.

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Innovative Products & Processes - Technology Inventory [Back to Top]

Consider using the products below to take advantage of their potential to provide one or more of the following in the homes you build: Affordability, Energy Efficiency, Quality & Durability, Environmental Performance, and Safety.

Composite Window Frames
Flashing Products
High Performance Glazing
Insulated Headers
Interior Storm Windows
Low-E Storm Windows
Steel L-Headers
Switchable Glazing Windows
Translucent Wall and Ceiling Panels
Tubular Skylights
Window Film

Design & Construction Guides [Back to Top]

Guides for designing and building various types of construction

Energy Efficiency in Remodeling: Windows
Tech Set 7: Wind-Resistant Openings
The Rehab Guide, Volume 4: Windows and Doors
Window Selection: Modern windows provide energy savings, durability, and comfort
Performance Reports & Case Studies [Back to Top]

Evaluation of how products and systems perform in real life applications

Pan Flashing Study: Ambler, PA This project focused on managing water intrusion in residential building envelopes with a combined pan flashing/sill protection strategy.
TechPractices: Lido Homes, Silvercast Western Homes, Newport Beach, CA The new two-story homes at the Lido Peninsula Resort are designed by architects and built by factory workers on an assembly line.
TechPractices: Stone Ledge, Leakwood, KS With "totally maintenance-free living," this small developer went after a small but discriminating market to show there's always a demand for well-built homes.
TechPractices: Watt Homes of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT Watt Homes, headquartered in Irvine, California, has been building homes for more than 50 years and is currently one of America's fastest growing home builders.
Testing and Design of Lintels Using Insulating Concrete Forms This report summarizes the results from a test program focusing on the structural performance of concrete lintels without shear reinforcement. The performance (i.e. strength and ductility) of simply-supported concrete beams without shear reinforcement and with minimal tensile reinforcing steel subjected to third point loading is evaluated.
Water Intrusion Evaluation for Caulkless Siding, Window, and Door Systems The purpose of this research is to design, evaluate, install, and monitor wall siding systems that do not require caulk, either initially or during routine maintenance.

Field Evaluations [Back to Top]

Evaluation of how products and systems perform in real life applications

Davis Construction
Existing Homes in Chicago
Lancaster County Career & Technology Center (LCCTC)
Williams Building Diagnostics, Inc.

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