March 10, 2015

New Department of Energy efficiency standards for water heaters kick in April 16, and the industry is in heavy-preparation mode for the changes.

February 16, 2015

The narrow profiles of steel windows afford designers the luxury of allowing a larger amount of glass to enhance the architecture of the building, according to the SWI.

February 12, 2015

Though commonly conceived of as a product category that defies energy efficiency standards, a number of cooking appliances have received a first-ever sustainability certification.

February 3, 2015

Nest Labs, Inc. is touting the results of three new studies that point to energy savings achieved by the Nest Learning Thermostat.

February 2, 2015

A survey of builders conducted by the National Home Builders Association pointed to energy-efficient concepts, high ceilings and laundry rooms as top-of-mind construction concepts for 2015.

January 5, 2015

The Whirlpool Smart Top Load Washer and Dryer, according to the carefully crafted pitch, “uses connected technology to not only better care for clothes, but enable families to help other families load for load.”

December 4, 2014

American Solar Direct, a Los Angeles-based solar provider in California, is installing free solar energy systems in homes built by Homes for Our Troops in a new partnership with the organization.

December 2, 2014

Eagle Materials has tapped Michael Haack to fill the new COO role, which was created to service the company's recent wave of growth and expansion in construction and energy-related markets.

He joins the company following a 17-year stint with Halliburton Energy Services, where he most recently served in a management role within Global Operations for Sperry Drilling. The multi-billion dollar company has operations in every major oil and gas market.

December 1, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Whirlpool's HybridCare Heat Pump Duet Dryer with a 2014 Energy Star Emerging Technology Award, which is granted to products that advance the causes of energy efficiency and emission reduction while maintaining high standards of functionality.

The HybridCare dryer works by regenerating energy during the drying cycle. Rather than venting the air like most dryers, the HybridCare uses a refrigeration system to dry and recycle the air. This leads to more than the 40% in energy savings required by Emerging Technology Award standards.

November 7, 2014

Robert Bosch Tool Corp. has introduced the Bosch Power Ready Wireless Charging System, which is based on the concept of contactless energy transfer, also known as inductive charging. When the charger is plugged in and the compatible battery is placed on it, the charger begins wirelessly transmitting an alternating magnetic field. The battery, featuring an internal copper coil, acts as a receiver. As the alternating magnetic field penetrates the coil, voltage is induced and a charging current flows to the cells until full.

October 31, 2014

It’s the year 2025.

October 21, 2014

Despite new energy-related regulations, Electrolux CEO Keith McLoughlin said North America continues to deliver healthy sales results for the Stockholm, Sweden-based company.

In its third quarter, Electrolux operating income increased almost 30% to SEK 1.4 billion ($194 million).

October 20, 2014

Deck season may be past its equinox where the homeowner is concerned, but pro dealers nationwide are already looking ahead to 2015. Next year is sure to see a continuation of the trend toward weather-resistant composite decking materials, as well as a bevy of surprising options shaped by evolving consumer preferences and regulations (such as those that restrict the use of VOC-emitting sealants and finishes).     

October 17, 2014

Eagle Materials has agreed to acquire CRS Proppants LLC and its subsidiaries, including Great Northern Sand LLC, a supplier of northern-white frac-sand to the energy industry.

The acquisition, which comes at a cash purchase price of approximately $225 million, will add to Eagle's existing stake in the frac-sand market and double its frac-sand production capacity.

October 13, 2014

Citing a recent decision to invest in the company's retail and leadership staff, Fastenal reported double-digit sales growth in the third quarter of 2014.

October 8, 2014

Dr. Shuji Nakamura, founder of LED technology company Soraa, has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for his blue light emitting diode invention.

Nakamura, together with professors Dr. Steven DenBaars and Dr. James Speck, joined forces in 2007 to figure out how to bring GaN LED technology to the market, riding on the assumption that GaN LEDs would produce more light and be more cost-effective in that they wouldn't rely on foreign substrates like sapphire or silicon carbide.

October 8, 2014

The Obama administration announced last month that it would put $68 million in federal funding toward boosting renewable energy and the implementation of solar power in homes and businesses, particularly those in rural areas of the U.S.

The $68 million will go toward 540 energy-efficiency projects, 240 of which are solar energy initiatives.

The planned actions are projected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 300 million metric tons by 2030 -- the equivalent of taking more than 60 million cars off the road for one year -- and to save $10 billion in energy costs.

September 29, 2014

Whirlpool Corporation is introducing Refresh & Recycle, a new recycling initiative to equip consumers with a more eco-friendly way to dispose of their refrigerator water filters.

September 18, 2014

Haier is getting a little help from a friend to boost the energy efficiency of its refrigerators in China. The appliance manufacturer will be leveraging Honeywell's Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent for its low global warming potential of 1 -- 99.9% lower than the common blowing agent HFC-245fa.

September 17, 2014

A new report titled "Residential Energy Innovations" from Navigant Research is pointing to potential in the power generation market: specifically, $625 billion worth of it between 2014 and 2023.

According to the study, technological innovations (known as distributed energy resources, or DER) and new financing options will contribute to this boon.

These technologies include relatively established mainstays like solar panels, as well as up-and-coming innovations like residential combined heat and power.

September 8, 2014

The Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm will soon be making their debut in Belgium, France, Ireland and the Netherlands.

In addition, Nest is also making some strategic energy partnerships in Europe via Direct Energie, Essent and Lampiris.

August 28, 2014

Ace Hardware Corporation has employed the wares of Digital Lumens in upgrading the lighting of its 1-million-sq.-ft. Retail Support Center in Rocklin, California.

The facility has been outfitted in Digital Lumens Intelligent LED Lighting since October 2013, saving Ace an average of 81% on lighting-related energy use, the company said.

August 25, 2014

Composite Panel Building Systems (CPBS) has introduced Composite Structural Insulated Sheathing (C-SIS) to the market, a new eco-friendly fully composite sheathing for residential applications.

According to the company, C-SIS gets its energy-efficiency chops thanks to its fiberglass reinforced thermoset skin, which is bonded to the polyurethane foam insulation for added durability. The result is uninterrupted insulation, robust structural integrity, water-resistance and air-tight performance without the need for house wrap.

August 25, 2014

In advance of new federal efficiency standards for dryers set to take effect in 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has handed the 2014 Energy Star Emerging Technology Award over to LG Electronics for its new EcoHybrid Heat Pump Dryer.

The EcoHybrid is described as the first dryer with heat pump technology to hit the market in the U.S., meaning it captures and recycles energy that's generated during the drying cycle. This translates to up to 50% more energy savings, according to third-party testing.