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The metal of metal roofing

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...

Earthquakes, man-made seismic events can release air pollutants

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.

A pioneer for geothermal systems and heat pumps

Beginning in the 1970s, Daniel Ellis pioneered innovation for those using geothermal systems and heat pumps.

Take control of your fans

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.

Lindal's history of innovation

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...

Green Building Consulting Explains the Importance of Ratings and Certifications

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.

Habitat for Humanity Building High Performance Homes

By showing the world that affordable housing can be high performance, Habitat for Humanity hopes to encourage others to build the same way.

What's the most affordable type of skylight?

Skylights come in three types: fixed, ventilating and tubular. Of these three, tubular skylights are the most affordable. Here’s why...

Why consider STEP Warmfloor®?

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.

Creating a green outdoor space for your pets and other animals

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 roofing offers lightweight and sustainable option

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.

Pharmaceuticals: Never for the toilet or sink drain

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.

How to choose (and size) your tankless water heater

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...

Go behind the walls of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

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.

The best small space upgrades for a tiny home

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.

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USGBC and ACC to work together on LEED

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.

Metal roof selected for LEED home for durability and style

A metal roof in a classic style is part of a new green home project in Glastonbury, Conn.

Powered filter system delivers clean water fast

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.

Wash harsh detergents out of your laundry routine

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...

New software simplifies residential solar installation

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.

Water treatment devices certified under new standards for emerging contaminants

For the first time, water treatment devices have been certified for effectiveness in reducing trace levels of contaminants in drinking water.

New Oregon construction energy standards will pay off for builders and homeowners

New construction energy standards for Oregon went into effect July 1, 2014 and far exceed the building requirements of the last decade.

New map leads to resources for UK water-source heat pumps

A new map from the United Kingdom's energy department shows areas where water-source heat pumps would be most feasible.

Demand for protected lumber soaring as builders seek safer products

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...

Hurricane anniversary brings reminder of Fortified Homes

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.

Systems built homes offering features for downsizing retirees

As more baby boomers enter into retirement, many are looking to downsize their living situations as their children leave the nest.


Test finds solar panels that handle tough environmental conditions

A series of tests found the solar modules that exceed standards for performance in challenging environmental conditions.

Labor unions gear up for Net Zero building

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.

Metal roofing delivers traditional looks with sustainability built in

For the look of traditional shingles with the durability of metal roofing, aluminum metal roofing is gaining in popularity among homeowners and builders.

Don't overlook the dryer vent for energy efficiency gains

An overlooked home flaw could be costing homeowners money, and add to the time they spend on household chores.

Check out the latest hot home building products

The PCBC show honored homebuilding's latest and greatest products with the Parade of Products Awards.

Building groups collaborate on green construction code and LEED

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.

5 easy steps to better air quality in your home

Most of us spend the majority of our time indoors. Ironically, that's where allergens, mold and other irritants are most at home.

Use these tips to make your water heater last longer

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.

Cost effective green building starts with energy efficient windows

To understand much of what makes a green home so efficient, look no further than its windows.

Use these secrets to save money on lighting for your home

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.

Renovation of historic homestead includes geothermal system

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.

Micro kitchen designs ready for tiny houses

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.

Utilities give consumers usage info to change energy behaviors

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...

Colorado county signs up for community solar power

Adams County in Colorado has contracted to power homes and commercial buildings with privately developed solar power.

Strict Vancouver green building codes may price renovations out of the market

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...

US water heater regulations getting tougher in 2015

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.

Rehabbed Chicago homes will add solar to green upgrades

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.

Green home building market expanding in Australia

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.

ICFs form walls of a new Scottish castle

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.

Most builders don't know about this energy-saving home construction

To overcome limitations of stick-built homes, more builders and homeowners are using an advanced building product called structural insulated panels (SIPs).

China surpasses Germany as world's biggest solar market

According to a new report, China has taken the top spot as the world's biggest market for solar powe

San Diego drafts energy-saving building code updates

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.

Are you missing the connection between Shark Week and green building?

Shark Week, the long-running summer Discovery Channel event devoted to all things shark, may seem to have a tenuous connection to green building.

Leaders launch Colorado new solar home initiative

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...

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