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Domestic Hot Water

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    Package Deal

    Rheem’s SolPak solar hot-water heating package.

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    Foam sealant; self-adhesive tile underlayment; geothermal heat pump; metal countertops; solar-powered exterior fixture; more

  • Installing an Efficient Noncondensing Boiler

    Tax credits are great, but does your client really need a condensing boiler?

  • Cost-Cutting Heat-Pump Water Heater

    The Geyser heat-pump water heater connects to the tank of an existing water heater or any similar insulated storage tank but runs more economically than standard electric or gas-fired units, says the manufacturer.

  • Retrofitting a High-Tech Heating System

    This design uses a gas boiler and solar thermal collectors as heat inputs, and incorporates an HRV into the air handler.

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    Snow-melting stair mats; modulating gas fireplace; efficient heat-pump water heater; permeable pavement; sump pump; more

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    Tree roots and foundation cracks; code logic; mixing plastics; site-built arched trusses

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    Home Performance Contracting

    Careful diagnostic testing is the key to cost-effective energy upgrades.

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    Safe installation of basement water heaters; galvanized pipe for gas; painting old porch floors

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    Turning Blight into Sustainability

    LA QUINTA, CALIF.—National Community Renaissance recycled a blighted 92-space mobile home park into an 80-unit sustainable affordable housing development, with the help and the vision of the city of La Quinta.

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