There are many options available for those who want to build to Scientific Building Standards.
While it's true that some homes that meet green building certifications might cost up to 10% to 15% more in upfront costs, it's critical take into account the total cost of owning and living in the home.
Most older homes don't have a tight building envelope. That means air flows through cracks and crevices in the home, making it difficult – and expensive – to heat and cool. However, the owner of a 12,000 square foot historic home in Rhode Island wanted to completely renovate the home and retrofit it with geothermal heating and cooling.
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Windows aren't the only solution for bringing natural light into every area in your home.
Energy efficient appliances can help cut costs and deliver high performance in the home.
When sealing a home for efficiency purposes, addressing the building’s envelope is integral. Correct attention to sealing and insulating the attic space in a home can mean big returns for the homeowner in value and coziness. This white paper looks at products available that can help a homeowner properly seal and insulate their attic space.
Research shows that noise is the top factor for consumers when choosing a dishwasher.
Ductless HVAC systems offer flexibility in design and installation for homeowners and building professionals, while delivering energy efficiency.
Geothermal heating and cooling is the most efficient, earth-friendly and economical comfort technology in the world. Now there's a day to celebrate it.
Everyone loves the natural beauty, warmth, and charm of real cedar siding on homes, but they don’t love the constant upkeep.
Not only are green buildings healthier, productivity lifters, and worth more money, the insurance industry confirms that they’re better insurance risks.
The next generation of building professionals toured a new high performance home to learn about technology and design.
As the Internet of Things crosses into homes, homeowners can have greater control over their home climates from the palm of their hand.
Given that the air in our homes and buildings is up to 5 times as polluted as outdoor air, and people spend about 90 percent of their times indoors, it makes sense to look at ways to make indoor air healthier.
The entire process of getting hot water through a house from a centralized water heater and the associated plumbing consumes a substantial amount of water and energy.
Variable speed units are one of the ways heating and cooling system manufacturers are winning the energy efficiency race.
Most people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors exposed to potential sources of pollution than can lead to discomfort and illness.
A beautifully landscaped yard can up the value of your property and gives you a reason to spend time outdoors surrounded by nature; great for mind, body and soul.
Green remodeling is a hot topic in the housing market. Green homes tend to sell well, and many sellers are considering the value of using green practices and technologies to make improvements to their current homes.
A model home for a golf course community in Pennsylvania exceeds DOE Zero Energy Ready Home requirements, delivering long-term value for its new owners.
HERO financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them through their property tax bill.
If you're in the market for a range hood, it can be confusing. There are so many different types and styles on the market. And every manufacturer makes claims about how it will perform. It's tough to sort through all the information.
When it comes to home energy savings, electricity is the one that typically costs us the most. It’s also the easiest to cut back on to save money on your bill and reduce your impact on the planet.
It's a matter of when, not if, water will get behind the exterior cladding.
With solar energy becoming more mainstream in many parts of the U.S., roofing contractors who add photovoltaic installation to their services can greatly expand in their markets.
Geothermal heat pumps were the options highlighted in President Obama’s recent executive order titled “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.”
Being a “green” homeowner means buying less, reusing more, and making do with what the Earth gives us - recognizing both its limitations and our own.
The “Home Energy Rating Score” boils all energy users in a home down to a nifty “miles-per-gallon” number – like a window sticker in a car.
A blower door test can help to establish the airtightness of small to medium buildings, measure the flow of air between different areas in a building and test the airtightness of ductwork.
Smart thermostats will be smarter as Apple launches its HomeKit for smart home integration.
As with traditional construction practices, setting expectations is a large part of the home planning and construction process when building green.
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When you take nice hot shower, does the bathroom mirror fog up, and stay foggy for a few minutes? If that's the way it is in your home, you may not think twice about it.
The Mamaroneck Passive House won the Urban Green Council`s Power to the People award for the greatest percentage reduction in building energy use.
The spread of solar power has brought benefits across the country, and there's a new way to find the impact in each state.
EcoFoil, a leading distributor of radiant barrier and foil bubble insulation products has been awarded the Greener Product Certification Seal.
A Salt Lake City development of 15 homes will be DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes that will exceed next generation building codes.
The energy consumed to make hot water is the second largest cost on most utility bills, and showering is typically the single most energy intensive activity that people engage in at home.
This is one list you don't want to be No. 1 on.
Asphalt shingle roofing is by far the most common residential roof in the U.S., and the industry is working to make it a more sustainable option, including recycling and integrating with renewable energy.
The Appraisal Foundation has announced the adoption of the first of three Valuation Advisories related to the valuation of green buildings.
Find out why a heat pump water heater will be part of the Proud Green Home of Cincinnati.
A community solar garden allows residents to support renewable energy and save on their utility costs.
Historic windows are beautiful, but they can't keep up with today's demand for energy efficiency and comfort.
Handcrafted natural wood flooring can contribute to green building certification points in a variety of categories.
California has become the first state in the nation to top 10,000 megawatts (MW) of installed solar capacity, according to the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report.
An Energy Star certified manufactured house offers a rebate on the first year's worth of utility payments.
From interactive cooktops, to hologram entertainment the home of the future is fast becoming a reality.
Eco Village, the largest passive house development in the U.S. is adding 40 units that will meet the Passive House standard.
With record droughts in some parts of the country, water conservation now receives as much focus as energy savings.
Choosing the type of window for your home can have a significant impact on the performance and comfort of your home.
Because the Proud Green Home of Cincinnati will be built to Passive House standards, the heating and cooling demand will be minimal.
A new peer-to-peer network allows everyone to participate in solar energy (on someone else's roof) and cut their electricity costs.
As a high performance home, the Proud Green Home of Cincinnati will have a tight building envelope. That means mechanical ventilation is a part of the plan.
Do you have renophobia, the fear of home renovation? There just may be a cure for you.
Electric vehicle drivers can take advantage of a bundled solar power system and smart grid electric charging station.
Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) launched its newly acquired SITES rating system, the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes.
Sunrun, a dedicated residential solar company in the U.S. began offering affordable solar service to homeowners in New Hampshire.
Builders of a twin-tower high rise apartment complex were searching for the most efficient, yet comfortable heating and cooling system for their residents.
The first multifamily Zero Energy Ready Home certification for a rental development in the nation went to Mutual Housing California for its development at Spring Lake.
When you want to make the most of the view in your home, a new sliding door may be the best way to do it.
With a cool roof becoming part of a high performance home, Boral has expanded its line of Cool Roof rated colors and styles.
The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, will join 31 other partners to expand awareness of homes’ energy efficiency.
For drought-plagued Californians, saving water is a necessity. But it’s also a pretty good idea for all Americans.
A ceiling fan is more than an appliance – it’s a design statement for your home, and can help save energy.
A high performance demonstration home "First to the Future Home" features more than 200 LED lighting fixtures.
When installing spray foam, regulations typically require people to stay out of the home for 24 hours. Now new guidelines from Icynene allow for 4-hour re-occupancy for homeowners and trades in the United States for two of its spray foam products.
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The 27 homes in the North Phoenix Vision Hill community will be Zero Energy ready and offer a number of green features.