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5 warning signs your solar panels are poorly installed

With a whiplash-inducing growth rate of over 400 percent since 2010, the U.S. solar industry is booming, and there’s no end in sight. This is great news for the environment and the economy, but there is a dark lining to the silver cloud of solar.

Amazing qualities of bamboo and natural bedding

Bamboo is a popular bedding material but not without good reason. There are a number of things about bamboo comforters that make them one of the most popular ones amongst the range of organic bedding available today.

Exteriors showroom inspires and educates homeowners and builders

Homeowners and building professionals have a new place to learn about and become inspired by a vision for their home's exterior.

Controlling against moisture damage for wall sheathing

Moisture can cause many structural problems and create a very unhealthy home for your family when mold and mildew begin to form. Building a home that deals effectively with moisture requires...

Benefits of drinking citrus water

Drinking citrus water such as with lemon has many positive health benefits. It doesn’t require a lot of time, energy or expense, and the results are astounding!

Use Honda Smart Home designs in your green home project

After making its Smart Home a reality, Honda opened up access to designs and blueprints to make building your own smart home that much easier.

Couple uses geothermal to stay within budget and build dream home

David and Laura Grisar had big visions and a big budget for their dream home, but the anticipated hefty price tag for heating and cooling the 6,500-square-foot structure derailed their dream. Their architect and general contractor had a solution...

Beware of backdrafting

Typically, supply and exhaust ventilation systems can pressurize or de-pressurize the home. A house under enough negative pressure can pull air down the chimney...

Lindal Cedar Home’s use of premium materials

There are many reasons why Lindal Cedar Homes has been the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of custom cedar homes, but one main reason is...

Print a house at the touch of a button

Prefab homes may take on a whole new shape if 3D printing gains momentum. Instead of a pile of lumber, a home may be extruded on site using a cement-type mix that hardens into walls and floors

Beat the heat and cold with a 60-minute DIY home energy audit

Since rising temperatures bring rising energy bills, ways to save on utility bills become top of mind – and a home energy audit is a great way to reduce costs and realize energy savings.

S.O.S. - Save Our Septic® Volume 14: Fear the FOG (Part 2)

He continued, “Then just add one FOGHog® tablet per five hundred gallons of water that you use per week. You can also put the tablet directly into...

One solution for six green-building standards and ratings

If you want the home you’re building to meet one of the six major rating systems or standards for green building, there is one product that will help you make the grade.

ICFs are ideal for FEMA storm shelters and safe rooms

Not everyone can build their entire house of insulated concrete forms (ICFs), so instead adding a storm shelter to the existing house or structure can be the difference between...

Environmental considerations for each building site

Long before “organic” was vogue, famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright said, “Let nature be part of your home and work with local materials to form...

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Builder offers three home designs in net-zero solar homes

Homebuyers near the Sacramento River in California's Delta can choose from three living-space designs in new net-zero home developments. Trilogy by Shea has unveiled eight new floor plans, as well as an entirely new model gallery for attendees to experience...

Insulated glass options boost window performance

Many IGUs have the ENERGY STAR designation and as a result, can reduce household energy costs by as much as 15 percent. This can result in saving as much as $500 a year on utility bills.

Hybrid solar geothermal heating and cooling system wins patent

With performance proven in an award-winning net-zero home, a hybrid solar-geothermal heating and cooling system was awarded a U.S. patent.

GM supports a Detroit shipping container homestead project

Detroit's first occupied shipping container homestead will be constructed of 85 percent scrap materials donated by General Motors.

Balanced ventilation delivers indoor air quality and energy efficiency

Today’s high performance homes that incorporate the latest advances in building science and components require a source of fresh air ventilation because the air does not leak through by itself.

Beat the heat with a home air conditioning app

You don't have to accept high summer air conditioning costs, even in a Texas heat wave. Controlling your utility bills can be as easy as using a smartphone app.

Replacement casement windows offer wood interior styling

Casement windows offer some of the best performance for a home's energy efficiency, and a new line of casement delivers replacement options with a warm wood interior.

Defensive builders use engineered wood to fight insects and mold

For building professionals faced with challenging environments, defensive building may the answer to fight decay, insects and mold.

Choose your next home based on the commute time

For homebuyers looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact, a new service delivers information on drive times from listed properties to common destinations.

All-natural wastewater filtration system uses recyclable medium

For onsite wastewater treatment options, the Ecoflo Coco Filter offers an all-natural medium option that can be recycled after its useful life.

Geothermal: a comfortable way to cut home heating costs

One way to keep your home at a comfortable temperature without your heating and cooling bills going sky high can be found underground.

Modular home company rolls out floor plans for Tiny House designs

Consumers are realizing that buying larger homes requires taking out a larger mortgage and straining the daily budget. Tiny houses are a solution to this problem because they offer budget flexibility and simple, efficient layouts.

Multifamily housing often wastes energy without green investment

Recent research shows multifamily housing often lacks energy efficient features, but some developers are making a difference for low-income families.

Are you ready for new water heater standards?

In April 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will put into effect a new energy efficiency standard for residential water heaters that will require all water heaters to be more efficient.

Refrigerators earn Energy Star certification

Two refrigerator models from Fishers & Paykey Appliances, earned Energy Star certifications under new tougher requirements.

A simple solution for a hot home

In hot months, attic ventilation is important for two reasons: 1) it keeps your attic cool by eliminating heat buildup and 2) it prolongs the life of your roof by preventing early failure of roof materials.

Home Innovation Research Labs recognizes NGBS Green Partners of Excellence

Green building is a growing part of the residential construction industry, and Home Innovation Research Labs recognized 30 NGBS Green Partners for their outstanding contributions to advancing green building in their communities.

Fluidmaster honored with Golden Hammer Award

Fluidmaster was one of 31 companies honored with a Golden Hammer Vendor award at the 2014 National Hardware Show. The company, a manufacturer of toilet and faucet repair parts, was profiled by Home Channel News for its corporate citizenship as...

Skylights let the sunshine and fresh air into your home

Filling your home with daylight and fresh air may be simpler than it seems with solar powered, Energy Star rated skylights.

Consumer confidence up, but housing market not yet back to normal

Although consumer confidence in the housing market has trended upward during the recovery, it's less than what's needed to return to "normal" housing levels, according to results from Fannie Mae's June 2014 National Housing Survey.

Wink smart home automation platform expands to 60 devices

From window shades to water sprinklers, the Wink home automation platform expanded the set of connected devices to almost 60 products available through The Home Depot

Efficient LG solar panels exceed current standards

Solar panels are becoming more efficient, with new models exceeding current standards for incentives. LG Electronics' new "MONO X® ACe" solar module, which debuted in July at the InterSolar 2014 trade show, solar module is designed to generate more power...

More California towns saving water and energy with HERO program

To help residents combat the ongoing drought and reduce energy use, 24 additional California communities launched the HERO program that allows homeowners to pay for qualifiying home improvements through their property tax bill.

Is your home too hot? The problem could be in your walls and roof

If your home is too hot this summer, it's easy to blame the air conditioner for not keeping up with the heat. But you could be missing the real culprit.

Builders turning to SIPs for better home performance

As homebuilders are challenged to meet increasingly stringent energy codes imposed by cities and counties, they're turning to an alternative to conventional stick-built construction.

Green retrofits will save millions for NYC multifamily complex

Luxury apartments on Roosevelt Island in New York City underwent a $7.4 million green retrofit, thanks to government financing and incentives.

Is a systems built home right for you?

For decades, home building systems have provided home owners a wide variety of benefits and features over traditional stick-built homes.

When a low-VOC paint just isn't enough

Choosing a low-VOC paint is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to a truly clean product for your home.

Home appliances integrate with Nest devices for more control (video)

Nest made a splash in the smart device market with its stylish learning thermostat, and now it's extending its reach in the home through appliances.

Low-cost solar panels will make it easier to generate electricity at home

New methods of manufacturing could lead to lower prices for solar panels, making it cheaper than ever for homeowners to generate their own electricity. Siva Power has developed new manufacturing processes that could lead to the cost to make thin-film...

Low cost remote control LED lighting coming to market

It's getting easier and more affordable to make your home a smart home. GE unveiled Link, a new and affordable connected LED bulb that lets consumers remotely control their home lighting from anywhere in the world and sync with other connected devices.

New California building codes will cut residential energy use by 25% and save water

On July 1, updated building standards designed to get more energy savings from new and existing residential and nonresidential buildings took effect in California.

Timber home builder adopts Passive House approach

Long- time timber home builder New Energy Works will include Passive House principals in the design and construction phases of new homes. Brad Hall, construction project manager at New Energy Works, recently became certified in Passive House Basics with a...

Affordable green townhomes tap solar power to reduce costs

An 18-unit townhouse development provides green living in affordable housing for low-income residents of North Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Fairmount Avenue Townhomes were designed for the Chattanooga Housing Authority to provide low-income housing in the desirable North Chattanooga Neighborhood. HK Architects...

Tiny house trend leads to tiny kitchen appliances

As the trend of smaller living spaces has taken hold, full-size appliances just don't fit in. GE plans to build a line of micro kitchen appliances, offering a full suite of small gizmos suitable for small homes.

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