Thinking about solar water heating?

Depending on where you live, you can heat water with the power of the sun. On average heating water accounts for about 20 percent of a home's energy costs. So solar power could help you save money each month.

Disadvantages of keeping an old water heater

Most people in the U.S. don’t pay attention to their old-fashioned water heaters even though they can have expensive costs. For the most part it is easier to just ignore the water heater and not worry until it breaks down and needs constant repairs.

Secrets to Creating Your High Performance Home

More and more homebuyers are looking for homes that perform well, in addition to providing a comfortable, engaging place to live. And homebuilders are rising to meet the demand. Green builders are incorporating energy, water and resource efficiency, improved indoor air quality and sustainable and locally sourced products into their projects.

Sponsored by: Bosch Thermotechnology Corp.

Gutter problems

Problems with the gutters on a home can create major headaches for any homeowner. Taking proper care of the gutters from installation to seasonal cleanings is important in maintaining the integrity of your home against water damage.

Brick and stone deliver durability and indoor air quality for Proud Green Home of St Louis

For the family moving into the Proud Green Home of St. Louis, indoor air quality was a high priority.

Continuous Insulation Solutions for Thermal Bridging Challenges

Every home – new or existing – can increase its energy efficiency with the installation of a blanket of continuous exterior insulation over the walls and studs, thus reducing thermal bridging. This white paper identifies thermal bridging and why continuous insulation is the best way to address it.

Sponsored by: DuPont Building Innovations

Flat roof on a weeHouse

While it may appear flat, the hipped roof of the weeHouse contains a 1/4” per foot slope. Many weeHouses have been built in areas susceptible to high snow loads, however, in areas where the snow load is of crucial concern a pitched roof may be advised.

The trend toward healthy includes your home

Creating healthier living spaces is paramount for informed consumers.

Design and construction strategies for high performance homes

If you're looking for the best place to start to make a home high performance, it's before the first stake is planted at the site. Here are some tips to use to develop a holistic approach that takes into account the site, the sun, climate, and the lifestyle of the homeowners as well as the layout of the home.

High performance home insights

I was recently interviewed by MoonworksHome as part of their Expert Interview program.

Do programmable thermostats really save money?

Programmable thermostats do have the potential to save the homeowner money, but they can also cost more. The secret to success is the way in which you use them.

Modern high performance homes open for San Diego tour (photos)

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a handful of modern homes in the San Diego area that exemplify modern architecture and living.

How to remodel your home for better energy efficiency

How would you like to remodel your home and save up to 25 percent on your heating and cooling costs with one step? It's not a trick question – it's entirely possible with continuous insulation.

3D printed concept home could change pre-fab housing market (video)

A 3-D printed home borrowed some traditional modular home concepts to demonstrate advancements in energy management.

Radiant floor heating warms the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

There's nothing like stepping on a warm floor when you get out of bed or the bath.

Lighting, lighting on the wall – which is prettiest of them all?

Trying to find the right light bulb is a mind-bender on the order of finishing a Rubik’s cube.

Smart thermostat is the center of a connected home

As homes get smarter, there’s a greater integration with mobile devices and appliances to improve comfort and reduce energy use.

Get in the zone with mini splits

A traditional HVAC system, like those found in many homes, often isn't the most efficient and comfortable way to heat your home.

Smart bath fans take the guess work out of ventilation

Many of today's homes are airtight and highly insulated, which are good for cost and energy-effective temperature control, but terrible for indoor air quality.

Let your windows help your home save energy

Windows play a major role in passive solar design and ventilation strategies that can make a home more comfortable, and contribute to heating and cooling that doesn't cost a dime.

3 things architects need to know about foundation waterproofing

When architects don't specify products, builders will use their favorite products and sub contractors to get the job done. For some aspects of the building, that's just fine. For other critical aspects it could lead to failures and client dissatisfaction.

Enjoy opening your vacation home with better air

Many homeowners looking forward to enjoying their vacation home also dread arriving. At first, the air will seem heavy and there might be an unpleasant odor.

Sammy the Star™ ENERGY STAR educational program introduces environmental stewardship to elementary students

Third graders at Centreville Elementary School, Fairfax, VA were introduced to “Sammy the Star™” in an informative presentation on renewable and non-renewable energy sources, and the importance of the ENERGY STAR logo.

Tankless water heater includes circulation pump for instant hot water

Imagine turning on a shower and getting hot water almost immediately.

Benefits of insulated house wraps vs. other insulation methods

Most builders are very familiar with the concept of a house wrap. It's a water-resistive barrier that goes on top of the sheathing in a wood-frame home. Then the exterior cladding goes on top of the house wrap.

Is it time to go tankless?

Traditional gas-powered tank water heaters continue to be one of the most popular options for home water heating. But today, there are other options available such as tankless water heaters.

Floor protection wrap ensures indoor air quality throughout construction

The homeowners wanted to reduce the risk of dust and mold in their new high performance home.

How ductwork in attics costs you more

Are you building in a warm climate? If your residential build occurs in building science climate zones one, two or even three, you may want to reconsider placing the ductwork for your air conditioning units in the attic, even if the attic is ventilated.

Affordable housing project wins Passive House Institute Awards

Orchards at Orenco, the largest certified multi-family Passive House building in North America, received two of the highest honors in the 2015 Passive House Institute U S Building Project Competition

Get on board for Geothermal Day!

To help spread the word, Bosch Thermotechnology is sponsoring Geothermal on October 20, 2015. Why choose geothermal for your home?

Win the battle for a dry basement

Unfortunately, below-grade waterproofing is all too often a case of out of sight, out of mind. It's not something homeowners, or even building professionals spend much time thinking about. But a wet basement can lead to a whole host of problems.

Systems built home expert Michael Harris to contribute expert insights

Noted systems-built home expert Michael Harris has joined ProudGreenHome.com as an Approved Contributing Expert.

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Energy Department names winners of Housing Innovation Awards (photos)

The U.S. Department of Energy presented the 2015 Housing Innovation Awards to 24 industry leaders and 27 winning DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes.

Production builder offers solar power standard in Texas

Lennar opened the city's first solar-standard community made possible by recent changes in utility regulations.

5 organic lawn care tips to prepare for fall (video)

End the summer season with a bang by rejuvenating your lawn and prepping for the cooler season ahead.

Get inspired with 2016 paint color trends (photos)

20 brand-new captivating hues feature four designer palettes that bring impact and dimension to any living space.

New high performance row homes feature reduced electromagnetic exposure

A Seattle row home development features not only many high performance aspects but also reduced electromagnetic field exposure.

Grant will fund Passive House certified affordable housing development

Buildings that meet the PHIUS+ standard use 60 to 80 percent less energy for heating and cooling compared to comparable conventional buildings.

Masonry heater uses biomass for comfortable winter heat

An upstate New York family looking to be self reliant in their winter heating fuel settled on a masonry fireplace to keep their home comfortable.

Most efficient rooftop solar panel will be made in America

SolarCity said it has built a module with efficiency exceeding 22 percent.

Custom modular homes claim 30% energy efficiency gains

While keeping energy costs down, a quality factory-built, modular home also benefits the air quality in the home by reducing allergens and outside pollutants.

Whirlpool named to corporate sustainability index

Whirlpool Corporation has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability and natural resource efficiency with inclusion on the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index.

Aeroseal technology seals leaks in the building envelope

Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to spray sealant throughout the walls to block up any leaks?

Report: 90% of US homes don't have enough insulation

Based on new research, roughly 90 percent of existing U.S. homes are under insulated, wasting energy, money and decreasing comfort for homeowners.

Codes driving Zero Energy Building market growth

ZEBs bring together existing energy efficient technologies to form a high-performance building.

Spray foam insulation takes green home over the goal line

Football teams say they "must defend their house" during home games. For the Jacksonville Jaguars, that takes on a whole new meaning.

Study: 25% of New York homes are 75 years old; 7% have no wall insulation

Data from a study of 3,000 homes in New York is now available for use in identifying opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) conducted the first-of-its-kind study that compiled energy-related information...

New ventilation fans make installation easier for building professionals (video)

InVent Series ventilation fans feature FoldAway mounting ears and the EzDuct Connector, which allow for easy installation.

Affordable housing communities get new solar power option

Monthly utility costs are the second largest bill most families face, after housing expenses.

The San Bernardino County Water Conference: Drought Sends Water Conservation into High D'MAND®

Answering the question, “How do we balance our development needs with our water needs?”

Fall lawn tips to get your lawn ready for spring (video)

Many Americans believe they are pretty savvy when it comes to their lawns, how will you do?

NAHB study reveals what “green” means to home buyers

Builders and other industry professionals now have an opportunity to find out what green means to home buyers.

California cities add PACE financing for green home upgrades

HERO PACE financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them through their property tax bill.

Report: insulated concrete forms market to grow 27.5%

North America currently dominates the market for insulated concrete forms followed by Europe and Asia Pacific.

Amazing black stainless steel finishes revolutionize kitchen design

In kitchen appliances, black is the new black with the first-ever black stainless steel finishes from KitchenAid.

Time to replace your water heater? Take the quiz to find out

A new quiz from the nonprofit Propane Education & Research Council helps homeowners determine if and when it is time to pull the plug on their current water heater.

Study: homes with skylights use less energy

Homes with skylights experience lower energy costs, better indoor air quality and comfort.

A free smartphone app helps you beat air pollution

Because air pollution levels can vary widely over the course of even a few hours, consumers could significantly decrease their environmental health risk by avoiding excessive exposure at peak times.

USDA grants to support wood multistory building projects

Innovative new technologies and building systems have enabled longer wood spans, taller walls, and higher buildings, and continue to expand the possibilities for wood use in construction.

Window design competition showcases innovative projects (photos)

From a field of over 250 entries, the judging panel chose six projects from around the country that best exemplify Integrity's promise of beautiful windows and doors.

Don't get fooled by bottled water: fast faucet filter delivers endless treated water

Too many people rely on bottled water for clean drinking water, but there's no quality control and most people could get better water cheaper.

Study: home weatherization programs do pay off

The results of a U.S. Department of Energy study demonstrate that weatherization provides cost-effective energy savings and health and safety benefits to American families.

Spray coating gives the looks and feel of granite and stone

Natural stone is usually considered as a premier building material because of its unique character, elegance, and stability.

New faucet delivers filtered water faster (Video)

There's no more need for bulky water filters screwed onto the kitchen faucet.

High performance solar panel captures power on both sides for greater efficiency

The new Mono X NeON 72 solar panel uses LG’s n-type double-sided cell structure for greater efficiency. LG Electronics introduced the new 72-cell solar panels, designed to be a highly efficient and practical solar solution for commercial installations, at the...

New solar power financing plan comes to San Antonio

Residents of San Antonio join those in Austin that can use a power purchase agreement to host a solar power system on their rooftop.

Can you do a Manual J HVAC calculation in less than 60 seconds?

A new tool enables contractors to leverage the power of big data to measure a home’s HVAC needs before making a house call.

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