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Helios Solar Works Features and Benefits

I believe the company went out of business and do not believe the Helios Solar products are available any longer. Added 3/5/14

Helios Solar Works Sales and Installation for the St Louis Region by the Green Pros at Scotts Contracting-St Louis Renewable Energy-
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6T Series

260-240 Wp

6T Series-Helios Solar Works Sales and Installation for the St Louis Region by the Green Pros at Scotts Contracting-St Louis Renewable Energy-

7T2 Series

310-285 Wp

7T2 Series-Helios Solar Works Sales and Installation for the St Louis Region by the Green Pros at Scotts Contracting-St Louis Renewable Energy-

9T6 Series

420-390 Wp

9T6 Series-Helios Solar Works Sales and Installation for the St Louis Region by the Green Pros at Scotts Contracting-St Louis Renewable Energy-

Helios Solar Works Warranty Information

 Advanced Features of the Helios Solar Works

  • Helios Solar Works modules integrate high-quality mono-crystalline cells, high-transmission glass, and anodized aluminum framing to produce high-efficient and reliable power.

  • Our modules are tested to CEC, IEC, FSEC, TÜV and UL standards and have a Class C fire rating.

  • We offer a generous 25-year linear performance warranty as well as a 10-year workmanship warranty.

  • Our modules are assembled at our headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We strive to source from American suppliers whenever possible to ensure high performance, high quality, and on-time delivery.

                         Check out the Benefits

  • Flexibility. Our high-performance modules make it possible to design systems that satisfy a variety of needs—from residential, commercial, and governmental applications to any project with space or budget constraints.

  • Confidence. Quality is a natural consequence of our material selection and advanced, automated manufacturing platform. This allows you to be confident that our modules will perform as expected for the long term.

  • Affordability. Our advanced, automated manufacturing platform reduces our cost of production, generating savings we pass onto you. Also, systems utilizing our high-performance modules enjoy reduced installation costs, making them some of the most affordable on the market.

9T6 Series


Save big by going big..using our 9T6 module will save you time and parts on installation with a greater power yield in the same footprint.

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Green Building Tips-Long Haul Durability

Green Building Priority #6 – Ensure Durability

Number 6 in my list of the top-10 green building priorities is to ensure that the home is durably built or renovated.

Posted on Oct 13 by Alex Wilson

A green home should last a long time. Living in a timber-frame home in Dummerston, Vermont that was built in 1785 and having grown up in a log home in Berwyn, Pennsylvania that was built in 1710 (three centuries ago this year), I think a lot about durability. It shocks me to realize that some of the homes being built today are designed for just a fifty-year lifespan. I feel that homes should last a minimum of 500 years. My friend (and leading building science expert) Joe Lstiburek once told me that a well-designed home today should last 1,000 years.

Creating durable homes involves a two-part effort: the first is designing it right with proper construction details; the second is selecting durable products and materials.

Use construction details that control moisture

Careful design and construction is the top priority in creating a more durable home—and often the most important issue is how we manage moisture. This is a big part of the focus of "building science." The building enclosure (walls, foundation, roof) has to be designed to a) keep moisture out, and b) allow any moisture that does get in to dry out. As we have made our homes tighter and better-insulated over the past several decades, this has become even more important. (The leaky, unheated homes our grandparents built could easily dry out because air readily flowed through the walls.)

Building science is a complex field that is evolving quickly as we learn more about moisture and air movement through buildings and building assemblies—far beyond the scope of this column. But here are some examples that will help to illustrate the concept:

  • Provide deep roof overhangs to keep moisture away from the walls and foundation.
  • Provide good drainage around the foundation, and slope the ground away from the house.
  • Always provide a "drainage plane" or "rain screen" when designing and building walls. This air space between the siding and sheathing allows siding to dry out between rain events and prevents water vapor from being driven into the wall cavity from the exterior.
  • Properly flash around windows and other wall and roof penetrations. Specialized flashing products are available to make this process a lot easier than it used to be.
  • Provide an "air barrier" in the building enclosure that blocks air flow. Experts used to suggest a "vapor barrier," but blocking airflow is more important than stopping vapor diffusion. An air barrier can still be vapor-permeable, allowing moisture to escape over time.
  • Avoid moisture sources in the home (for example, provide quiet bathroom fans that will be used while showering, install an outside-venting range hood fan, and in humid climates insulate even cold water pipes to prevent condensation).

Select durable products and materials

Along with design and construction, the products and materials we install in a home can influence durability. We focus a lot of attention on selecting green building materials (see my #8 priority). When a product has high recycled content, for example, it not only reduces the energy and environmental impacts of extracting the raw materials that would otherwise be required, but it also helps keep material out of the waste stream. In my opinion, though, it's an even higher priority to use very durable materials.

If material A will last three times as long as material B, we have three times as long to amortize the environmental impacts that were involved in producing that material. So even if material A took twice the energy to produce, our selection of that material will have a net benefit over the long term.

Fiber-cement siding, for example, costs a lot more than vinyl siding, but it should last a lot longer. The same goes with high-quality, standing-seam metal roofing or slate shingles, compared with asphalt shingles. There is usually a higher up-front cost for more durable materials, but that extra cost is repaid over the long term—both monetarily and environmentally.

Hire someone with expertise in building science

Very connected to the above two priorities, relative to durability, is to hire someone with expertise in building science. This applies equally to new construction and remodeling. It's complicated—and it's important that your designer and contractor understand what's involved in building (or remodeling) a home in a way that will keep it going strong for hundreds of years.

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Spray Foam-Eco Conscious

Spray foam for the eco-conscious

  June 17th, 2009 in Blogs         
RYagid Rob Yagid , associate editor

Hardworking crops. The oil from soybeans, which is also being considered to create alternative forms of energy, is replacing the petroleum in some spray foams.
Hardworking crops. The oil from soybeans, which is also being considered to create alternative forms of energy, is replacing the petroleum in some spray foams.
Photo: BioBased Insulation

I've gotten a lot of good feedback on an article I wrote for FHB#204 on spray foam. Many folks were concerned about the environmental impact of the foam itself and its toxicity to the resources we're ultimately trying to conserve. Below, I'll share a little bit about the make-up of the foam and also describe what makes some foam "green". For those of you interested in learning more about the various players in the spray-foam market right now, see the source list from my article toward the bottom of my post. And, of course, feel free to comment if you have opinions on the performance of spray-foam or its greater environmental impact.

Spray foam is made of a two-part mixture. The A part is isocyanate, a petroleum-based chemical made by only a handful of companies in the world. The B part contains a catalyst, polyol resin, a surfactant, and a blowing agent.
Consuming fossil fuels to make products intended to conserve fossil fuels makes little sense to a lot of people. All spray foams contain a certain level of petroleum in their A component and in their B component. Manufacturers such as BioBased Insulation, Demilec, and Icynene have created more environmentally benign spray-foam products by reducing the amount of petroleum used in their B component. They replace a portion of the polyol resin, which makes up 20% to 30% of the B component, with a renewable resource such as soybean or castor-bean oil. Apex even has a sucrose-based polyol. Manufacturers say that the transition to bean oil or sucrose doesn't alter the look or the performance of open- or closed-cell foam in any way.
The amount of soybean, castor bean, or sucrose found in foam varies by manufacturer, so identifying the "greenest" foam might not be so easy. 

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, only 7% of a spray-foam product needs to be made of a renewable resource to be labeled as a bio-based foam. This, of course, doesn't factor in the petroleum fueling the crop-cultivation process. I wonder how "green" these foams really are? Sure, they may be a bit more healthful than strictly petroleum based foams, but can manufacturers be doing more to produce a better spray foam product?
Although this is not a complete list of spray-foam manufacturers, it is representative of the larger national companies. For assistance in finding a spray-foam insulation contractor, visit the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance.
Apex Foam Industries     Fomo Products
                              Great Stuff
BioBased                        Icynene
CertainTeed                   NCFI
Chemical Design            Tiger Foam
Corbond                         Touch n' Seal
Demilec                          Urethane Soy Systems 
Foametix                        Versi-Foam Systems
Read the complete article...
Spray Foam: What Do You Really Know?
To get the full benefit of this superinsulation, you must understand the difference between open- and closed-cell foams, how they perform, and how they're installed
by Rob Yagid
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