Recent headlines concerning the Ebola crisis and radiation from the stricken nuclear power plant in Fukushima evidence the “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality that governs so many editorial decisions.
Old Man Winter has gripped most of the nation with frigid temperatures and a heaping of snowfall. However, those benefitting from the consistency of a geothermal system, their heating costs have been as low as any other month of the year.
It is comforting for homeowners to see a comprehensive list of recognition and certifications a device acquires from industry leaders and government agencies.
With many water filtration options available to consumers it is difficult to make a right decision for your personal home use. One that has become popular through extensive marketing is reverse osmosis filtration.
The Post and Beam style is what Lindal Cedar Homes built its reputation on, providing an open, airy interior, expansive glass and easy flow from room to room.
Most homeowners buy attic fans in the summer. That’s when they’re most concerned about venting hot air before it can build up and overheat their homes. But here’s a fact many people don’t know: attic fans are just as important, if not more so, in the winter.
Once a homeowner decides that they want to purchase a standby generator system to provide reliable backup power to the home in the event of a power outage, installation of that system can raise numerous questions for the homeowner.
Along with the walls and framing, a very important element in a high performance home is the subfloor system and the sheathing used.
As California, Colorado, Arizona and other western states approach the end of the 2014 wildfire season, higher fire risk looks to be a fact of life.
Using daylight in your home is a great way to cut down on your electricity bill, but this can be offset by solar heat gain.
As LEED v4 goes into effect, builders and consultants will have to incorporate the additional focus on materials credits for the environmental impact of products that go into a building.
A new app from TOTO provides consumers and professionals with the ability to calculate their green product purchases' return on investment and return on environment in a matter of minutes.
When TV design stars Cortney and Bob Novogratz tackled the renovation Los Angeles-area bungalow, heating and cooling were on the top of the list.
As building codes evolve to require verified performance, it's becoming more important for homebuilders and contractors to understand ventilation design so they can avoid costly mistakes.
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These pumps are able to extract energy from the surrounding air and transfer it to the water in the tank.
Annual utility rate increases lead many homeowners to consider switching to a renewable source of energy.
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.
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.
For homeowners that are concerned about whether or not their home is energy efficient, a new infographic can help them make an educated choice.
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.
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.
As the weather takes a turn for the worse, unprotected lumber on building sites is vulnerable to moisture-related problems.
Anyone with beautiful, functional but perhaps drafty windows can have an economical sealing solution without having to replace them.
A frigid and snowy start to 2014 drove up the cost of propane as demand increased and the weather interrupted supply lines.
Many homeowners think ice dams are a fact of life in a cold climate, but that's not the case.
An off-the-grid toilet system designed for developing world locations without adequate sanitation is ready for field testing, according to Kohler Co.
The Appraisal Institute encourages homeowner to winterize their homes to potentially reduce energy costs, increase comfort in cold months and possibly improve resale value.
As more homebuilders and buyers come to value the RESNET HERS Index Score, new policies will make the score a more powerful tool.
EPA recognized 17 apartment and condo buildings across the country for leading the industry in reducing energy use, increasing affordability, protecting public health, and combating climate change.
Preventing an air filter in furnace from becoming clogged keeps a heating and cooling system performing efficiently and can help homeowners gain up to $200 in annual energy savings.
For homeowners worried about the health effects of fluoride in their water, a new filter can remove the substance while retaining healthy minerals.
The costs of solar energy in the U.S. has fallen by 14 percent over the last year, despite stable wholesale prices of solar panels and the imposition of anti-dumping tariffs on some imported solar panels.
While it is hard to quantify the exact savings a homeowner will realize when they use energy efficient windows for their next building project, the savings can add up quickly.
The PPG Pittsburgh Paints brand named Blue Paisley, a lavish, almost-but-not-quite royal shade of blue as its 2015 Color of the Year.
Experts predict that by 2019 the market value for smart appliances is set to exceed $25 billion.
The 1-percenter end of the U.S. housing market seems to be doing just fine as an estate with an asking price of $195 million hits the listings in Beverly Hills.
Building with composite structural insulated panels can replace six building products while delivering a continuously insulated building envelope.
Even with ten years of constant price drops, the market is still filled with homeowners who can’t afford to buy solar power systems.
There is a desperate need for reasonably priced, high-R windows.
The Nest thermostat expanded its connectivity to leading home automation systems, making it easier for professional installers to make Nest a part of their offerings.
In the search for more energy efficient lighting, OLED lights are moving into the residential consumer marketplace from the electronics world.
Solar modules that boost output by 15 percent can cut total system costs by up to 8 percent, according to SunEdison Inc.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that it will allow LEED users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016.
Marvin was chosen as the winner in the large company category for exemplifying high standards of ethical conduct in the workplace, the marketplace and the community.
A residential housing project in Southern California will use coated wood designed to protect against fire and other hazards in the home.
Two leaders in the solar power industry are teaming up to pilot renewable energy storage-based systems.
Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the United States, is partnering with OutBack Power Technologies, Inc. to pilot renewable energy storage-based systems for a select group of Sunrun solar customers.
The 30 percent federal tax credit for a range of energy efficiency measures is set to expire at the end of 2016 and industry lobbyists are campaigning to extend or reinstate expired the tax credits.
Durability is the most important characteristic associated with building products in general and “green” building products in particular, according to the findings of a blind survey of U.S. architects commissioned by PPG Industries.
Despite short-term price fluctuations, energy costs will continue to rise over the long term, driving greater interest in building that produce as much or more energy as they consume.
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Opportunities exist for a variety of solar PV technologies to gain in the marketplace, and overall panel power ratings will continue strong upward growth trends.