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Millennials altering American dream of home ownership

Changing homebuyer demographics are altering the housing market with more emphasis on multi-family residences compared to single family homes.

Fight mold with protected lumber

Severe weather, floods, leaks and substandard building practices can lead to mold growth in homes. In some cases, lumber stored outside may carry mold when it's used in the home. So a home could have mold inside the walls with no water leaks in the finished building.

Evaluate your hot water distribution system's efficiency

If you have typical home plumbing you probably turn on the hot water and let it run until the water starts getting warm. That daily process multiplied by the number of people in your home times the number of homes in your community puts millions of gallons of unused water down the drain.

Take control of shades and awnings with your phone

While insulating walls is a key factor in energy savings, shutters and sun screens can function as dynamic insulation to help make your home more comfortable and save energy.

Lakeside luxury home heats with geothermal

Builders of a custom home on the shore of a lake near Orono, Minnesota, were looking for an energy-efficient HVAC solution that also included heating for a pool. The homeowners were also concerned about keeping their utility bills in line. After all, winters in Minnesota are famously brutal. Geothermal was a good choice.

Boost your energy this holiday season

Now that it’s the holiday season again, you may be worrying about planning holiday dinners, mailing greeting cards, and buying the perfect presents—all while struggling to keep up with your normal busy routine.

Lindal’s “green package” has impressive specifications

The Lindal Cedar Homes "green package" includes advanced framing, Energy Star™ rated cedar-framed windows with energy-efficient glazing and other resource-efficient upgrades.

Don't leave your home ventilation to the weather

A home without a well-designed ventilation system is at the mercy of the weather. In such a building the air exchange or "breathing rate" through unplanned openings like cracks and windows is governed by the weather and the building's height.

Net zero ready homes use unique geothermal solution

A new net-zero-ready home development uses a cost-effective approach to deliver domestic drinking water and geothermal heating and cooling.

Kohler launches EPDs for product transparency

EPDs are developed by manufacturers based on life cycle inventories and provide quantitative, third-party-certified details of a product's projected environmental impact from cradle to grave.

Reviewing OSHA roof safety rules

For OSHA, fall prevention is a major priority because of the over 40 deaths and many more injuries that occur annually. Public safety is also a concern when construction job sites border busy roads.

Uses for vegetative roofs blooming

Green or vegetative roofs add a touch of nature to a building and reduce the environmental impact on the surrounding area.

Making more efficient homebuilding decisions with mobile applications

In the world of home building and design, efficiency is key – both in timing and cost. Advancements in building materials technology have worked to accelerate home construction, while computer programs have simplified blueprinting, planning and allocating job responsibilities.

How to keep your wood stove clean, efficient and safe

Even modern, high-efficiency wood stoves need to be cleaned and maintained before every use.

Low-VOC paints make a difference in the air you breathe at home

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has found that indoor VOC levels are 10 times greater than outdoor levels, and immediately after paint is applied VOC levels may be as much as 1,000 times higher.

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Santa lights up winter wonderland with solar power

A Christmas display with 100,000 lights now uses solar power to spread holiday cheer for the neighborhood.

No more cold water while waiting for a tankless water heater to kick in

A tankless or on-demand water heater is a great way to save energy and have endless hot water, but homeowners used to have to understand how they worked.

Your home is wasting money. Do you know how?

If you’re putting more cash into your existing heating system with regular repairs and rising energy bills, it’s likely time to upgrade your system. An older, less efficient heating system is often the culprit behind high energy bills. By replacing...

Stop wasting water in the shower

Most people waste a lot of water in the shower and don't realize how much energy it takes to move and heat that water that goes down the drain.

High tech cooling mirror beams heat into space

Scientists at Stanford have developed a passive radiator system that lowers the temperature of anything it's placed on.

Do you know how healthy your home is?

While 60 percent of homeowners rate their homes as “healthy,” more than one in four are uncertain of major health hazards both indoors and outside of their homes.

Prefab concrete walls could lower price of green building for Habitat for Humanity

As Habitat for Humanity and other affordable homebuilders look for ways to go green and stay on budget, a new concrete wall system could be the answer.

2015 roofing trends gravitating to gray

Keep an eye out for gray taking the spotlight as the color of choice in 2015 as homeowners remodel and upgrade their homes.

Chicago boosts energy saving programs for apartment buildings

Apartment buildings in Chicago will be eligible for energy-efficiency improvements designed to save energy and cut costs for building owners and tenants.

US solar power installations up 41% over last year

Continuing its strong growth, the United States installed 1,354 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics in the third quarter of 2014, up 41 percent over the same period last year.

Balance home air pressure for ventilation performance

Air pressure imbalance in the home is a silent – but costly – problem not very well understood by the average homeowner.

Lower solar prices will impact market in 2015

Solar isn’t anything new to the U.S home energy market. However, the current systems being offered by solar energy companies at such low prices is has yet to fully impact the market.

Mixed-use residential development gets smart technology

All residents at Midtown Doral will have exclusive access to a pre-programmed Smart-Technology system known as Vertilinc.

Fiber optic system lets the sun shine in dark rooms

Sunlight shining through an average size window provides as much light as one hundred light bulbs, but most of that light never makes it to where it is needed most.

Roofing contractors embrace solar installation opportunities

With solar energy becoming more mainstream in many parts of the U.S., roofing contractors who add photovoltaic (PV) installation to their services can greatly expand in their markets.

Improving economy may lead consumers off the green path

Green attitudes are gaining ground, but green purchases and behaviors are stagnant or heading south. And the economy may be the culprit.

Make distributed solar PV a part of EPA's Clean Power plan

Solar industry leaders urge the EPA to include distributed solar PV power as part of the country's Clean Power plan.

Tiny house gets modern design flair

Tiny houses come in all shapes and sizes, and a new line offers a modernist look and sustainable building practices.

Tips to get the most out of your home fireplace

Though the fireplace is the centerpiece of a room, it is an element that homeowners don't often consider when designing their space.

Energy-efficient home trends for 2015 and beyond

One of the top trends driving today’s housing market is the demand for energy-efficient homes that don’t sacrifice comfort for quality.

Geothermal HVAC helps a new home reach net zero

A new net-zero home in California relied on geothermal heating and cooling to help the builders reach the goal of generating as much electricity as the home uses.

10 technologies to transform the world in 2015

While a world of clean and affordable energy, abundant freshwater, 3D printed houses or worldwide high-speed Internet access won't miraculously appear by the end of 2015, it is the beginning of a better future.

Utility rate hikes make generating electricity at home a smart move

Annual utility rate increases lead many homeowners to consider switching to a renewable source of energy.

UK study: green homes sell faster and for more money

Energy-efficient homes in Scotland are on the market less time and draw a higher selling price compared to less efficient homes, according to a study of more than 10,000 property sales.

5 tips to avoid a plumbing emergency during the holiday season

Preventing plumbing problems in the kitchen during the Thanksgiving holiday is easy as pie, if cooks know the do’s and don’ts of their drains and garbage disposals.

Take a look at the benefits of spray foam insulation

For homeowners that are concerned about whether or not their home is energy efficient, a new infographic can help them make an educated choice.

Study: Metal roofs can last 60 years or more

New research findings conclude that certain metal roof systems can last at least 60 years, meaning they do not require replacement during a building’s service life.

Greenbuild 2014 delivers boost to sustainable building

Attendance at Greenbuild 2014 totaled 17,507, with 552 exhibiting companies participating in 142,000 square feet of exhibit and display space on the trade show floor.

Defensive building products expanding with Jersey Shore rebuild

As the weather takes a turn for the worse, unprotected lumber on building sites is vulnerable to moisture-related problems.

Insulator kit creates instant storm window to block winter chill

Anyone with beautiful, functional but perhaps drafty windows can have an economical sealing solution without having to replace them.

6 tips for overcoming high energy and propane prices

A frigid and snowy start to 2014 drove up the cost of propane as demand increased and the weather interrupted supply lines.

Are you ready for ice dam season?

Many homeowners think ice dams are a fact of life in a cold climate, but that's not the case.

Closed-loop flush toilet system ready for testing

An off-the-grid toilet system designed for developing world locations without adequate sanitation is ready for field testing, according to Kohler Co.

Tips to prep your home for winter and add value

The Appraisal Institute encourages homeowner to winterize their homes to potentially reduce energy costs, increase comfort in cold months and possibly improve resale value.

RESNET policies improve consistency of HERS Index Scores

As more homebuilders and buyers come to value the RESNET HERS Index Score, new policies will make the score a more powerful tool.

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