There has long been an argument that homes and buildings are reliant on 19th-century technologies. The result is that while home climate-control systems and features such has windows have improved over the years, homes and buildings are still inefficient.

One project that is trying to get ahead of the curve is the ReNEWW House, a partnership between Purdue University and Whirlpool Corp. The aim is to transform an existing home near campus into a green building research laboratory and sustainable living “showcase.”

Whirlpool says it is working with researchers at Purdue to develop next-generation appliances that will be more efficient, improve performance and mitigate their impact on the environment – which will benefit consumers in the long run as they will pay less to use and maintain them.

To learn more, TriplePundit spoke with Maureen Sertich, North America sustainability lead at Whirlpool.

Read the full interview on 3p, part of a series on sustainability in the home.

Image credit: ReNEWW House

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Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.