Propane in home construction and remodeling

Today's homebuilding environment demands smart, sustainable energy choices whether you're developing a
new community or helping homeowners remodel their existing home.

Because it's safe, it's cost-efficient, and it has lower carbon emissions, propane is now the most widely used alternative fuel. From energy-efficient tankless water heaters to stylish stainless-steel appliances, propane products offer exceptional performance at a much lower cost than electricity.

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Attractive amenities for builders
If you're a production builder, developer, or custom-home builder, propane can help you build and market the kind of energy-efficient, green properties that attract homebuyers today. Propane provides homeowners with the modern amenities they want, including on-demand hot water, efficient appliances, and sophisticated outdoor living spaces. Using propane will improve a home's HERS score and even help you comply with NAHB's Green Building Guidelines. Get the most out of your properties with the Propane Energy Pod model for new-home construction, an integrated, whole-home energy package that merges five applications of propane — space heating, water heating, cooking, fireplaces, and clothes drying.

High-performance upgrades for remodelers
Propane's flexibility and energy efficiency make it an attractive choice for homeowners seeking to remodel or simply upgrade an appliance. Propane is right at home inside and out, powering energy-efficient appliances, cost-saving heating solutions, and surefire amenities for outdoor living. Use propane to warm up a new room with radiant heat or boost visual impact with a propane fireplace. Help homeowners reduce their energy costs by up to 50 percent by converting to propane tankless water heaters. Smart remodelers know that propane fuels the innovations that homeowners love.

Design solutions for architects
As an architect, you want to design homes that lower your clients' carbon footprint and reduce costs over the long haul. Propane allows you to design to green standards, offering versatile, energy-efficient options for space heating, water heating, outdoor living, and standby power generation. PERC provides architects with free, AIA-certified continuing-education coursework on the application and installation of propane products. View our course offerings.

Outdoor living products for pool and spa contractors
No longer just a deck and a floodlight, today's outdoor living areas include an array of kitchen appliances, pools and spas, sophisticated lighting, and radiant heat. Propane is the natural choice because it heats pools and spas faster than electric heat pumps, at a fraction of the cost. Create luxurious outdoor spaces that combine old-world charm with modern energy efficiency with propane-fueled grills, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, patio heaters, quiet outdoor generators, and propane lighting.

Efficient heating for HVAC contractors
Propane-fueled furnaces and boilers offer a clean, cost-saving energy option for reducing a home's carbon footprint. Propane burns hotter and more efficiently than heating oil and emits less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of electricity to produce the same amount of energy. Propane furnaces typically have lower upfront and operating costs than heating-oil furnaces, and can be easily integrated into an existing heating delivery system. Because propane can be safely stored underground, the risk of heating oil spills is eliminated.

Cost-saving water heating for plumbers
Plumbers play a key role in helping homeowners and construction partners make energy-efficient and cost-saving decisions on space heating and water heating equipment. Make yourself a propane expert and a go-to consultant by reading our space heating, water heating, and whole-home efficiency research. You'll find that in many cases, propane-fueled heating systems have lower operating costs than their electrical alternatives.

Learn more about the four basic things you and your homeowners should know about propane:


Furnaces and Boilers
 
Water Heaters
 
Kitchen Products
 
Dryers
 
Outdoor Living
 
Generators
 
Combined Heat and Power
 
Vehicles
 

 

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