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Hearth and Home Technologies

  • Specifying Fireplaces to Comply with National Green Building Programs

    This unit will provide an overview of how hearth products contribute to home comfort, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and environmental sustainability. We will look at the green benefits of fireplaces, and how the fireplace can help to lower home utility and energy bills when used as a heat source. This course will highlight the importance of ventilation to ensure that the fireplace chosen the home is a healthy heart choice, considering the average Americans spend 65-90% of their time indoors. We will highlight the variety of fireplace options that are available. Discussions pertain to how to identify different hearth product categories, and why some types qualify for green building programs, and why others do not. Take the course.

    Posted:
    June 2011
    Subject(s):
    Interiors
    Sponsor:
    Hearth and Home Technologies
  • Specifying Gas Fireplaces for the Home: An Overview of Options, Features and Design Considerations

    This course will give you an overview of types of standard and specialty gas fireplaces; help you distinguish between primary and secondary selection criteria; and bring to your attention several design considerations. You must also consider the efficiency of the unit you specify. Factory-built gas fireplaces are classified as decorative- or heater-rated, depending on their heat and efficiency. Decorative fireplaces are generally sufficient for applications where heat efficiency is not the primary goal. Higher-efficiency, heater-rated fireplaces can be thermostatically-controlled and contribute to the heat load calculations of the structure. Take the course.

    Posted:
    June 2011
    Subject(s):
    Interiors
    Sponsor:
    Hearth and Home Technologies