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Household Technologies Battle Ground WA

It's often said there's nothing new under the sun. We beg to differ. The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) recently identified 10 innovative technologies in Battle Ground that are about to make our homes stronger, more durable and more resource-efficient. Some of these technologies, such as combined heat and power (CHP) systems, are discussed earlier in this home energy issue.

Shaman Garden
(360) 666-3634
31503 Northeast Lewisville Highway
Battle Ground, WA
 
Pollock & Sons Nursery
(360) 573-6370
7601 Northeast 179th Street
Battle Ground, WA
 
Borgstrom Koi Farm
(360) 247-5882
42804 Northeast Columbia Tie Road
Amboy, WA
 
North Fork Landscape Inc
(360) 263-7849
41701 Northeast 129th Avenue
Amboy, WA
 
Thorkildson Jim Jr
(360) 254-4586
13717 Northeast 132D Avenue
Brush Prairie, WA
 
Macarthur Construction
(360) 687-2771
26409 Northeast 120th Avenue
Battle Ground, WA
 
Wilco Farm Stores
(360) 687-3113
815 West Main Street
Battle Ground, WA
 
Chelatchie Rock
(360) 247-6905
29017 Northeast Healy Road
Amboy, WA
 
Green Haven Inc
(360) 891-2144
26020 Northeast Hinness Road
Brush Prairie, WA
 
Prestige Landscape Service Inc
(360) 892-7676
13717 Northeast 223rd Court
Brush Prairie, WA
 

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It's often said there's nothing new under the sun. We beg to differ. The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) recently identified 10 innovative technologies that are about to make our homes stronger, more durable and more resource-efficient. Some of these technologies, such as combined heat and power (CHP) systems, are discussed earlier in this home energy issue (see page 32), while others, such as induction cooktops, were described in past issues (see "Kitchen Appliances That Really Cook," March/April 2007, page 42).

Three other innovative technologies on PATH's list, however, caught our eye. All three of these technologies are available now, though they might not have yet made it into your home. But we guarantee they're coming soon to a home near you.

1. All-in-one washer and dryer units. Also known as washer-dryer combination units or horizontal axis washer/dryers, these appliances save space, time and resources by combining the functions of a washer and dryer into a single front-loading unit. Popular in Europe, where space is at a premium, these combo machines are just starting to make their way into American homes. Put your clothes in, press the start button and the units automatically switch from washing to drying cycles. A typical unit has a high-speed spin cycle and a drying pre-heat function to improve efficiency.

2. Vertical ICFs. Typically, insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are installed horizontally, usually as hollow foam blocks or foam planks. The foam provides insulating properties while the concrete, poured on site between the foam skins, provides structural integrity. Vertical ICF panels are generally 12 inches wide and 8 feet tall, though they can be ordered in any height, and install with vertical I-beam studs to create uniform, insulated below- or above-ground walls. The vertical ICFs install quickly, with no need for gluing, taping or tying the components together.

3. Self-cleaning impact-resistant windows. Call them the ultimate windows. Not only are they resistant
to impact by flying debris during hurricanes and tornadoes, but they also include a glass coating that sheds water (known as a hydrophilic coating), which prevents spotting and dirt accumulation. Add solar-control glass, which restricts the amount of damaging infrared rays that can enter the home, and you have something truly innovative. For more information on these and other home-related
technologies, visit PATH's website at www.pathnet.org .

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