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New Green Building Products — January 2009

Cool new products on display in Vegas: Windows, fans, PV modules, and ICFs

Posted on Jan 21 2009 by Martin Holladay

LAS VEGAS, NV — Wandering the trade show floor at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas today, I stumbled upon several intriguing new products. Here are four of them.

Serious Energy windows

Serious Energy, a window manufacturer that recently acquired Alpen Windows, has made several improvements to Alpen’s line of windows with pultruded fiberglass frames. Windows from Serious Energy (formerly known as Serious Materials) are available with Heat Mirror glazingWhen referring to windows or doors, the transparent or translucent layer that transmits light. High-performance glazing may include multiple layers of glass or plastic, low-e coatings, and low-conductivity gas fill. from Southwall Technologies.


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  1. Martin Holladay

Energy Efficient from the Ground Up

Posted on Dec 18 by Christina Glennon

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An energy efficient house in Vermont uses SIPs, ICF, solar water, and radiant floor heating

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Insulated Concrete Forms

ICF Walls are Durable and Energy Efficient

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  1. Al Rosetto
  2. Nathan Good/Fine Homebuilding #177
  3. Roe A. Osborn/Fine Homebuilding #170
  4. Justin Fink/Fine Homebuilding #170
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Basements

Full Basements Should Be Insulated and Protected From Water

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  1. Charles Lockhart
  2. Charles Bickford/Fine Homebuilding #190
  3. Paddy Morrissey, Code Check Building 2nd Edition
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Build foundation walls with insulated concrete forms

Structure and insulation in a single package
Unlike traditional concrete forms, which are removed after the concrete has cured, insulated concrete forms (ICFs) remain in place, providing foundation insulation. ICFs are hollow blocks made from rigid foam insulation or recycled wood fibers. Voids are filled with steel reinforcing bar and concrete.

Insulated Concrete Forms

Posted on May 1 by Environmental Building News

Insulated concrete forms (ICFs) are permanent forms for poured-concrete walls.

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