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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...

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.

Are Plantation Shutters a Good Long Term Investment?

Plantation shutters offer a way to allow fresh air flow while protecting a home's interior.

What makes the ice water challenge work? Nobody likes very cold water

As the ALS challenge makes the rounds, it has raised awareness and funds for an important cause. As someone involved in water heating, I couldn’t help but notice that the challenge involved ice water...

Fix a toilet that leaks when you flush

Leaky toilet? If a leak is occuring when you flush your toilet, the problem is likely that the sponge rubber gasket is not sealing between the flush valve and the bowl. Here are some things to check: Leaking may be caused by a tank that is not tightened enough.

Italian home wins first LEED Platinum rating in Europe

Over the expected 100-year life span of the BioCasa 82 home near Treviso, Italy, it is expected to produce 60 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than a traditional building.

Who makes the rules?

When we at Broan-NuTone design and market ventilation systems, one of our guiding factor is the ASHRAE 62.2 residential ventilation standard.

Lindal Cedar Homes' process

The entire process of a Lindal home, from forest to completion at the building site is a proven, well-orchestrated endeavor. Over 200 Lindal employees are hands-on from planning, designing, development, assembling and...

S.O.S. - Save Our Septic® Volume 15: A Troubled Summer... the Deadlines Begin! (Part 2)

A learning opportunity about the simplicity of a wastewater system upgrade project.

STEP Warmfloor® introduces new element resistant to water and chemicals

One of the traits of STEP Warmfloor that enables product enhancement is simply listening to distributors, contractors and end-users. Feedback is paramount for product improvement...

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NEWS


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...

Building envelope thermal bridging guide now available to the public

To help building professionals design and construct high performance home, the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide – Analysis, Applications, and Insights offers guidance in reducing energy loss due to thermal bridging.

Building science behind the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

The development of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis highlights just how far green building science has advanced.

How the Proud Green Home of St. Louis got its start

When Michael and Emily Kuentz found out they were transferring from Fort Worth to St. Louis, they knew they wanted to build a new home that was healthy for their family.

Boral low-maintenance siding offers the look of wood

New siding options offer the look of traditional wood without the headaches of high maintenance.

Do you know the secret behind the best results in your kitchen?

Whether you're making miso and soba soup, cornbread stuffing, or pizza dough with your favorite toppings, the key ingredient to these tasty recipes is water quality.

Membrane seals the building envelope against moisture

Blocking water from the building envelope is an ongoing struggle for building professionals. But there's a new weapon in the battle against moisture, the Henry BlueskinVP 100 self-adhered, water-resistant air barrier membrane.

Open the secrets behind an energy-efficient door

It's opened and closed thousands of times each year, but do homeowners really know what’s inside their front door?

Trim panels withstand hurricane force winds

For homes in hurricane-prone regions, roofing trim is often a weak spot. The Galvalock soffit/fascia panel withstood test winds up to 217 mph.

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