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Household Technologies Henderson NV

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 Henderson 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.

Vista Nursery & Landscape Supply
(702) 568-6111
20 North Gibson Road
Henderson, NV
 
Turf Equipment Supply CO - East
(702) 435-9471
371 Julia Street
Henderson, NV
 
Rachel
Elite Multimedia Solutions
702-489-9011
855 N Stephanie Street Unit 1612
Henderson, NV
 
Lesley Conant
Sacred Spaces
(702) 629-2932
272 Terranova Lane
Henderson, NV
 
David Webb
Simply Unique Interiors
702-271-6402
P.O Box 531286
Henderson, NV
 
United Horticultural Supply
(775) 358-6166
5355 Capital Court
Reno, NV
 
Edward Jennings
Comfort Home Appliance
702-476-1234
780 Coronado Center Dr. #11037
Henderson, NV
 
Elko Garden & Landscape
(775) 738-9273
2222 Last Chance Road
Elko, NV
 
Durham Synthetic Turf & Putting Greens
(702) 699-9273
118 Corporate Park Drive
Henderson, NV
 
Fox & Sons Lawn Maintenance
(702) 565-6428
35 Church Street
Henderson, NV
 

Innovative Technologies for the Home

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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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