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.
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.
Homeowners and building professionals have a new place to learn about and become inspired by a vision for their home's exterior.
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...
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!
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.
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...
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...
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...
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
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.
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...
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.
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...
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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...
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...
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.
With performance proven in an award-winning net-zero home, a hybrid solar-geothermal heating and cooling system was awarded a U.S. patent.
Detroit's first occupied shipping container homestead will be constructed of 85 percent scrap materials donated by General Motors.
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.
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.
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.
For building professionals faced with challenging environments, defensive building may the answer to fight decay, insects and mold.
For homebuyers looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact, a new service delivers information on drive times from listed properties to common destinations.
For onsite wastewater treatment options, the Ecoflo Coco Filter offers an all-natural medium option that can be recycled after its useful life.
One way to keep your home at a comfortable temperature without your heating and cooling bills going sky high can be found underground.
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.
Recent research shows multifamily housing often lacks energy efficient features, but some developers are making a difference for low-income families.
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.
Two refrigerator models from Fishers & Paykey Appliances, earned Energy Star certifications under new tougher requirements.
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.
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 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...
Filling your home with daylight and fresh air may be simpler than it seems with solar powered, Energy Star rated skylights.
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.
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
Luxury apartments on Roosevelt Island in New York City underwent a $7.4 million green retrofit, thanks to government financing and incentives.
For decades, home building systems have provided home owners a wide variety of benefits and features over traditional stick-built homes.
Choosing a low-VOC paint is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to a truly clean product for your home.
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.
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...
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.
On July 1, updated building standards designed to get more energy savings from new and existing residential and nonresidential buildings took effect in California.
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...
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...
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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.