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Builder case studies

These videos profile builders with real-world experience using propane to please their customers and improve the value of their homes. From one builder to another, these pros deliver unvarnished straight talk on the benefits propane brings to their projects.

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Is this the final call for energy efficiency tax incentives?

Tax filing season is here, which means that business owners are looking for ways to ease their tax burden. For construction pros who build or remodel energy-efficient homes and buildings, a set of "tax extenders" passed by Congress at the end of 2014 could make the tax load a little lighter.

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Contractors will love these time-saving pipe technologies

Construction pros are no longer forced to choose a tankless unit that can only be vented one way. Rinnai's new Ultra Series tankless water heater models offer concentric and PVC/CPVC venting on the same unit, right out of the box.

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Consumer Reports examines tankless improvements

When Consumer Reports conducted its first round of tankless water heater testing back in 2008, the publication found that the units didn't always live up to their promises, especially as replacements for conventional water heaters. But tankless water heaters have come a long way in just seven years.

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How much heating or cooling do you need?

How well do you know your HVAC lingo? The Energy Vanguard blog examines the three types of heating and cooling loads that construction professionals should be aware of: design load, extreme load, and part load.

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In Colorado, seclusion without sacrifice

Prospective home buyers often come to Andy Stauffer looking for their own private slice of Colorado. With propane, he can help his homeowners achieve that seclusion without giving up the amenities they could have in a more developed neighborhood.

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Are you ready for new water heater efficiency regulations?

New water heating standards from the DOE that go into effect this year are re-writing the price-point differential between electric and propane water heaters.

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Are homeowners prepared for emergencies?

NAHB’s Eye on Housing blog examined the emergency preparedness of U.S. households based on new survey data. The preparedness statistics are notable as construction professionals and the public become increasingly aware of the resilience of their buildings.

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Maintaining condensing furnaces vital in frigid weather

Writing in ACHR News, Joanna Turpin reports on the unique maintenance needs of condensing furnaces. Regular maintenance keeps these units from breaking down, and it also keeps them running at their highest efficiency.

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Self-sufficient with CHP and solar

Blossman Services’ Autogas Research & Technology Center uses a propane-fueled CHP unit and photovoltaics to produce all of the center’s power — 40 percent from solar and 60 percent from the CHP unit — and reduce emissions by 68 percent compared with using power from the grid.

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