The long life, energy efficiency, and recycled content of metal roofing make it very attractive to homeowners who want to make a green decision about their home’s next roof. Like so many items today, though, there are numerous decisions to make even after the decision to buy a metal roof...
Wrecked buildings and damaged infrastructure aren’t the only worries for victims of the August 24 earthquake in the Napa Valley region of California. The quake, the strongest to hit the state in 25 years, also created the potential for a massive release of airborne pollutants.
Beginning in the 1970s, Daniel Ellis pioneered innovation for those using geothermal systems and heat pumps.
It seems simple to turn a fan on when you need it and off when you don't. But that's not always the case. Fortunately, there are some options if you're installing a new fan or simply want to upgrade what you have.
Success is often attributed to innovation. Lindal Cedar Homes founder, Sir Walter Lindal, was often considered beyond his years six decades ago as he methodically and creatively incorporated sustainable green initiatives with...
Organizations like RESNET and LEED are raising the national standard of high performance homes, so it is important to know that your home is being built up to, or better than, par.
By showing the world that affordable housing can be high performance, Habitat for Humanity hopes to encourage others to build the same way.
Skylights come in three types: fixed, ventilating and tubular. Of these three, tubular skylights are the most affordable. Here’s why...
STEP Warmfloor is based here, in the United States, where consumers can contact us with any questions before and after installation. Our engineers and designers are in-house, having extensive experience with radiant heating.
Conscientious farmers and animal lovers are already on the right path to creating a green outdoor area for their pets and other animals. It begins with appreciation and respect. Animals provide us with so much...
Synthetic slate has been on the market for about 20 years and is becoming a popular option for US homes. This new product offers a lightweight, sustainable and cost-effective option for your roof.
The “out of sight, out of mind” mentality is widespread in our country when it comes to getting rid of pharmaceuticals. And it’s not just homes.
You have had it. You just ran out of hot water because your tank either ran out, or you had to disconnect it because it started leaking. You do all your research, you have decided to go tankless. Your next step will be not only pick the right brand, but also...
The Proud Green Home of St. Louis incorporates a wide variety of advanced building science techniques and products designed to deliver a high-performance home.
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Here is a list of must-have items for your smaller living space that can cut back on energy costs/use and really just look fantastic overall.
Two organizations formerly at odds on the future of green buildings standards in the United States will cooperate in a new initiative to ensure the use of a technical and science-based approach to environmentally protective products.
A metal roof in a classic style is part of a new green home project in Glastonbury, Conn.
Traditional pitchers use gravity to slowly trickle water over filter granules, which may take several minutes to fill a pitcher. In the meantime it's tempting to indulge in water that may not be the best for your health.
A new industrial-strength laundry device cleans better than detergent and eliminates potentially irritating chemicals. Michael Munsterman, president of Wash It, was looking for a better way to do laundry and found that commercial ozone machines were able to remove infectious...
It's getting easier to add solar photovoltaic power to a home with a new software platform that enables participating installers to manage every aspect of a homeowner's solar system.
For the first time, water treatment devices have been certified for effectiveness in reducing trace levels of contaminants in drinking water.
New construction energy standards for Oregon went into effect July 1, 2014 and far exceed the building requirements of the last decade.
A new map from the United Kingdom's energy department shows areas where water-source heat pumps would be most feasible.
Builders looking for products that protect against mold, termites and decay and reduce call backs are starting with the lumber. Eco Building Products, Inc. is treating dimensional framing lumber and panel products from Bridgewell Resources that will be used in...
The 22nd anniversary of Hurricane Andrew on August 24 provides a sobering reminder of the destructive power of hurricanes and the damage they can do to communities.
As more baby boomers enter into retirement, many are looking to downsize their living situations as their children leave the nest.
A series of tests found the solar modules that exceed standards for performance in challenging environmental conditions.
California electrical workers will be trained to support energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart grid technologies in the Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute in Los Angeles.
For the look of traditional shingles with the durability of metal roofing, aluminum metal roofing is gaining in popularity among homeowners and builders.
An overlooked home flaw could be costing homeowners money, and add to the time they spend on household chores.
The PCBC show honored homebuilding's latest and greatest products with the Parade of Products Awards.
Leading building industry groups have agreed to coordinate development of the International Green Construction Code and LEED to offer a comprehensive system of regulatory and voluntary leadership tools for jurisdictions.
Most of us spend the majority of our time indoors. Ironically, that's where allergens, mold and other irritants are most at home.
People clean their counters, they empty the trash, and scrub the tub, but what about their water heaters? Most people don’t give them a second thought.
To understand much of what makes a green home so efficient, look no further than its windows.
Lighting comprises about 14 percent of the electrical use of your home according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. So spending a few bucks to reduce your lighting costs can pay off in the long run. Here are a few tips and tricks to help cut your utility costs.
A top-down renovation of an 1867 Wisconsin homestead incorporated a ground-up geothermal heating system that relies on steady temperatures just beneath the earth’s surface to provide energy-efficient heating and cooling to the home, while preserving its historic charm.
Five kitchen designs submitted by individuals from four countries were selected by a panel of judges in the FirstBuild Micro-Kitchen Challenge to create a fully functioning kitchen design in a small footprint.
As utilities seek to cut energy use, one of the tactics they’re employing is encouraging customers to modify their habits. Four rural electric co-ops in Minnesota reduced demand in 2013 between 1.8 and 2.8 percent using MyMeter, a program that...
Adams County in Colorado has contracted to power homes and commercial buildings with privately developed solar power.
In January 2015, new building codes take effect in Vancouver that could make it tougher to renovate existing homes. The new codes contain a wide range of requirements aimed a making building more accessible for the handicapped and making houses...
New standards for water heaters will force changes on homeowners, builders and plumbing contractors while saving tons of carbon dioxide emissions and energy at the same time.
The first of five rehabbed homes in the Highland Park neighborhood includes solar panels as part of a package of green upgrades that will increase the homes' market value.
The market for green building and renovation is taking off in Australia as homeowners come to value high-performance homes that are easier on the budget.
A majestic Scottish castle is taking shape in Connecticut, and it just may have the strength to withstand a siege, thanks to the insulated concrete forms that make up the walls.
To overcome limitations of stick-built homes, more builders and homeowners are using an advanced building product called structural insulated panels (SIPs).
According to a new report, China has taken the top spot as the world's biggest market for solar powe
New homes in San Diego could be built according to new codes that raise the cost of a new home but could pay for themselves in 18 months.
Shark Week, the long-running summer Discovery Channel event devoted to all things shark, may seem to have a tenuous connection to green building.
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Builders and solar energy leaders launched a Colorado New Solar Home initiative that would make it easier for builders to include solar options for all home buyers in new subdivisions. Officials from leading home builders and the solar industry said...