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Sustainable timber product used to create carbon negative window frames

Made with Accsys Technologies’ proprietary acetylation process, Accoya wood has Class 1 durability, is guaranteed for 25 years and has dimensional stability that sees swelling and shrinkage reduced by 75%.

Innovative brick uses recycled material and much less energy in manufacturing process

For building professionals concerned about embedded carbon in building products like brick and concrete, there are green alternatives that provide the same performance.

New expansion valve delivers precise control for HVAC-R systems

A fast-responding refrigerant expansion valve delivers mass flow control for retrofit and OEM applications.

Spring is a good time to think about new exterior siding and insulation

As spring approaches with a sense of newness, scores of homeowners see the change in seasons as a chance to revitalize their homes. For many, that means literally putting on a new face by switching out aging siding for an exterior with a fresher look.

Energy efficient window uses recycled wood material as alternative to vinyl

Windows are a big part of a home's performance, but the materials they're made of matter, too.

Flexible flashing tape stops moisture and air loss

For builders looking for a way to keep water from entering a home the new flexible flashing tape can seal problem areas.

Tips to keep your plumbing working throughout the winter

Hopefully, most people probably already know that water expands as it freezes. However, many homeowners underestimate the pressure that this expansion can create.

Geothermal heating and cooling saves energy at Proud Green Home of St. Louis

Geothermal heating using a ground source heat pump is considered one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool a home.

How raised heel trusses save you money

Raised-heel trusses are engineered wood trusses fitted with a heel where the bottom chord intersects with the perimeter wall plate which raises the top chord. This additional space allows you to...

Annual energy savings make geothermal a smart alternative to propane

Tanks filled with gallons of propane sit outside the homes of millions of Americans. The fuel is doing more than putting warmth into those homes this winter. It’s also pumping up homeowners’ utility rates.

Meet PowerWise at NESEA Building Energy March 3 - 5

See the latest energy management and controls available from PowerWise at 2015 NESEA Building Energy Conference. The NESEA Building Energy is focused on renewable energy and highperformance buildings.

Bioreactor filtration system treats waste water to highest standards

For residential and commercial building projects looking to save water, a wastewater treatment system delivers water clean enough to be discharged into waterways or used for other purposes.

Where will green building go in 2015?

I was asked recently, “Where do you think green building will go in 2015?” The simple answer is, green building will be a lot more Passive.

What appliances do homeowners miss most during winter outages?

Early-winter power outages are already pockmarking the country. If a recent Harris Poll is any indication, homeowners have a pretty well defined list of household items they miss most while toughing out a power outage without a backup power solution.

Gypsum manufacturer uses excess heat from electrical plant to fire kilns

For building professionals concerned about embedded carbon footprint, gypsum board made at the mine site could be an answer.

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NEWS


Connecticut net zero ICF home wins another award

The Shore Road Project, built by Murphy Brothers Contracting, in Greenwich, Connecticut, recently was recognized as one of the most innovative projects in the country at the ICF Builder Awards.

Affordable housing project adds solar heat and power

A 40-unit affordable housing project was recently upgraded with solar water heating and solar photovoltaic systems.

Residential solar leases expanding to Utah

Vivint Solar is now offering residential solar leases to homeowners in the State of Utah, its home state.

Oak Ridge Lab working on energy saving refrigerator

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are designing a refrigerator that could cut energy use by up to 40 percent compared with current models.

First Energy Star dryers hit the market

For the first time, Energy Star certified clothes dryers are now available nationwide through major retailers.

Energy efficient apartments saving millions for Virginia residents

Residents of energy efficient apartments save an average of $54 a month, or $648 annually, on their electricity bills, according a Housing Virginia study.

Value of home solar power systems reflected in home sales prices

A typical solar photovoltaic energy system adds about $15,000 to the value of a home, according to a new study from the Lawrence Berkley Laboratory.

Homebuilders open to using new brands and products

To offer new features to homeowners, 63 percent of homebuilders say they are willing to try new brand and products they haven't used in the past.

Survey: what do consumers really want in home appliances?

With the explosion of smart appliances, a recent survey found that consumers are looking for technology that's purposeful – not impractical.

California ramps up solar thermal program

California has increased incentives for solar thermal heating for multifamily, commercial, and pool heating systems.

Save money and energy with new Energy Star tool

The Energy Star Home Advisor tool will recommended, customized and prioritized home-improvement projects to save energy and money.

LG Electronics recognized as one of the world's most sustainable corporations

LG Electronics has been named one the world’s most sustainable corporations by two leading research organizations, earning the top honor in its industry sector in both the 2015 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index from Corporate Knights...

Large residential geothermal development underway

Norton Commons plans to construct the largest 100-percent geothermal residential community in the United States.

New homes in Puget Sound eligible for WaterSense incentives

New homes in the Puget Sound region of Washington State are eligible for rebates to meet the WaterSense New Homes Incentive Program.

Reclaimed timber finds new life in a lake home

Custom timber frames structures using antique, FSC certified timbers were reclaimed from the industrial and agrarian structures America was built on and to put new use in a custom home.

Survey: upgrades to boost home prices by 10%

With housing prices at recent highs, it’s a great time to sell; and still-low interest rates also makes it a good time to buy a home.

New DOE specs for Energy Star windows

Residential windows are advancing along with the rest of the building envelope, and in keeping with the industry’s ongoing innovation the ENERGY STAR Windows program has updated its Eligibility Criteria.

South Carolina residents have new solar power options

Duke Energy has proposed several solar power programs to the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) that will greatly expand options for customers to use renewable energy.

Green building market trends for 2015

From lower prices for solar power to an explosion of ductless mini split HVAC options, high performance home trends continue to develop.

New form helps appraisers analyze green commercial real estate features

Appraisers have a new tool to evaluate the values of commercial buildings' energy efficient features.

Blow your mind with these shipping container home designs

Homes constructed with used shipping containers have their advantages.

New Texas community will rely on geothermal for net-zero performance

A new mixed-use planned community in Austin, Texas, aims to have 7,500 homes built to net-zero standards.

LEED-certified multifamily properties eligible for lower interest rate

Fannie Mae will reward multifamily properties with a green building certification, such as LEED, with a lower interest rate.

Case Study: Proud Green Home at Serenbe HVAC strategy

LG reveals their strategies behind the award-winning high performance home.

DOE adds $13 million funding to boost solar adoption

The Energy Department announced $13 million in funding to help communities across the country reduce market and policy barriers to solar deployment

Where does your state rank in LEED building?

Illinois tops the list of states with the most building space per state resident certified under LEED, the world's most widely used and recognized green building rating system.

The Importance of Being Insulated (Properly)

When building a high-performance home, like the Proud Green Home St. Louis project, an important decisions our team had to make was how to construct the insulation package.

Graphic: top kitchen design trends for 2015

For the latest in kitchen design trends, check out the research from Pennywell, a designer and fabricator of countertops and worktops in Ireland.

Cincinnati townhomes earn LEED certification

Woodland Vistas, a community of 16 luxury lifestyle townhomes in Columbia Township, has received official LEED Certification for the first completed home in the development.

Hot new products: International Builders' Show preview

The focus of the residential and commercial building industry once again turns toward Las Vegas for the 2015 International Builders Show.

Should you invest in home solar power instead of the stock market?

In 50 of America's largest cities, a home solar power system offers a better return on the stock market.

Smart thermostat market doubled in 2014

As more homeowners and building professionals come to understand the value of a smart thermostat, the market is expected to soar in the U.S. and Europe.

Tired of the cold? Find out how cozy is your city

As temperatures plummet, many Americans will be looking for ways to stay comfortable and warm this winter, but not all U.S. cities were created equal when it comes to their cozy factor.

Get ready for new water heater regulations

Starting April 16, 2015, new regulations go into effect for residential water heaters that influence how they are manufactured and installed.

Will you pay more for home with a green certification?

In multiple studies across the U.S., homebuyers paid 10% to 14% more for homes with green certifications over comparable homes.

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