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High Performance Homes 'LEED' to Savings for Owners

Of the 647,800 single-family homes build in the United States in 2014, less than 1 percent met LEED standards.

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Energy Department Announces Winners of the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards

The winners were selected by a diverse panel of builders, architects, and industry professionals for their outstanding accomplishments in designing and building Zero Energy-Ready Homes.

2016 Energy Awareness Month: Bottom-to-Top Energy Tips for the Home

With 25th anniversary of Energy Awareness Month in October, now is the ideal time for builders and home buyers to select energy efficient products for their home.

Full Frame R10 Windows Come to Market

Hitting the mark on ‘low incremental cost’ and crossing the commercialization chasm has remained a challenge for the fenestration industry.


5 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Tight houses often mean that pollutants can be trapped inside, creating an indoor air pollution problem.

Green Gab Podcast | Foodies rejoice, energy efficient appliances are it!

Gabbing about food and appliances with Joan Hart of Autco Home. She inspires and educates us in the world of resource efficient appliances.

Winter home improvement projects that won't leave you cold

Often, when we think of home improvement projects we are drawn to the exterior of our homes – painting, siding, windows and landscaping. But, what can we do when the mercury drops and being outside, well, just hurts?

Advanced framing for the building envelope

It’s amazing how we’ve gone from simple insulated stud walls to advanced framing in just a few years.

Smart controls manage hot water energy use for multifamily units

Regardless of whether a building has a tank or tankless water heater, the water in the lines between the water heater and the fixture loses heat


Plywood or OSB?

Both OSB and plywood are made by gluing and pressing wood together, although the process of doing so differs considerably.

ICFs reduce a home's carbon footprint

Society is looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, from renewable energy to energy-efficient homes. Making buildings more efficient is one of the most cost-effective ways we have to reduce energy use and the resulting carbon footprint.

High-Tech, High-End Bath Design has a New Home in NYC

This new display brings to life visually the technological ingenuity of TOTO’s feature products.

AHR innovation awards announced

The annual competition honors the most inventive and original products, systems and technologies showcased at each year’s AHR Expo.

ENERGY STAR Impact On Reducing Building Energy Consumption

Americans’ increasing need for energy is certainly an environmental hurdle we will need to jump over.

Building a home? Try these two resources

When I started building eco-friendly homes back in the ’80s professionals and do-it-yourselfers alike relied on the library, others in their area, and magazines to learn about the newest trends and practices.

Master Bathrooms are Going High Tech

Homeowners are investing in luxurious features in their upgraded master bathrooms to create spaces worth lingering in.

What type of water heater is right for my house?

If you're in the market for a new water heater, you're in luck. There are more energy-efficient tank and tankless options in the market than ever.

Drywall Options Deliver Better Living in in Proud Green Home of Louisville

Drywall products from CertainTeed are part of the package that will deliver a high performance home to its new owners.


Change Your Smart Home's Thermostat with Voice Control (video)

Amazon has positioned the Alexa voice service to grow with the needs of consumers by releasing a free set of application program interfaces.

Mixed Use Development Earns LEED Platinum Certification

The community was awarded the designation for its excellence in three categories: location, design and green building.

Top Green Home Trends Explained

The folks at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning recently asked for my thoughts on the latest green home trends.

NGBS Green Certified Home Focuses on Healthy Living and Performance

Through its NGBS Green Certification Program, Home Innovation certifies homes to the rigorous requirements of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS).

Grappling with green building

For almost the last decade one of the big industry buzz words has been “green building.” What exactly that means to manufacturers, consumers and installers is something that I, as an industry professional, grapple with often.

Knowledge and coordination make building easier

I'd like to share a variance on the old “knowledge is power” saying, and that's simply that knowledge is a timesaver.

1970s home upgraded to Net Positive energy producer (video)

It's the first remodeled in the state to achieve Net Zero, and one of a growing number across the country.

Jobsite safety: Best Practices from OSHA

We’re no experts on safety, so we turned to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for some guidelines on best practices for onsite job safety.

Survey: Majority of Americans Concerned About Water Safety

73% of Americans have never had their water tested for impurities.

Built Green Emerald Home Wins DOE Housing Innovation Award (Video)

The home, recognized in the Custom (Spec) category, is also the first home to be certified to the Emerald Star level in the Built Green Program.

Benefits of ICFs beyond energy efficiency

Insulated concrete forms are known for reducing home energy demands by 25 percent or more for heating and cooling. Here are some other benefits with ICF construction that many people overlook.

Solar power comes to focus in Las Vegas this September

Solar Power International (SPI), the largest gathering of solar installers, manufacturers, and energy storage professionals, will be held for four days of networking and thought leadership.

Flexible Solar Roof Tiles Wrap Around Curves

Compared to crystalline silicon, Sunflare is flexible and light because it does not use a glass substrate and has thinner layers of semiconductors.

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DC Current Applications Emerging in an AC Environment as Renewable Energies Grow

Most of us don’t realize that the majority of our energy-efficient equipment we use daily in our homes and businesses runs on direct current. But, the power coming in to our buildings is alternating current. This conversion results in lost energy. A solution to prevent this amount of lost energy is achieved by integrating dedicated DC systems.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor




Coordinate Your Home's Style with Exterior Design

Designing the exterior look and feel of a home can be a daunting task. However, working with a company that can serve as a single source for all the necessary exterior elements, ranging from vinyl siding to trim, can help you create a beautiful, customized home exterior that is also energy efficient and easy to maintain.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Ply Gem




Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future

Today’s leading decentralized wastewater systems have closed that gap between the capabilities and performance of conventional wastewater treatment systems. Decentralized wastewater systems are pre-designed for collection, treatment, and dispersal/reuse of wastewater at or near the point of waste generation.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bio-Microbics




NextGen ‘Welcome Home’ House Features Water Filter for Veteran’s Family

The keys to the NextGen “Welcome Home” House have finally been delivered to a deserving military veteran and his family. The energy efficient modular home features a number eco-friendly systems. Perhaps one of the most exciting is the Max Flow water filter that will provide the clean, filtered tasty water for the family.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Environmental Water Systems


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