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STEP Warmfloor® radiant heating installs easily in new construction

Installers of STEP Warmfloor electric radiant heating elements across the United States and all parts of the world marvel at the ease of installing the radiant heating elements.

Engineered slate roof offers performance and sustainable production

With a spike in consumer awareness about green construction materials, using engineered roofing and accessories made from recycled materials can set up a builder for success.

Seattle Modern Homes on parade

Some of Seattle's top modern homes will be open for touring for a limited time on May 2, 2015, but if you can't make it, get a glimpse here.

Radiant heat is more than spot heating

Homeowners sometimes think of radiant heating as something that is only good for a warm bathroom or kitchen floor, not realizing it is a highly efficient primary heating solution for an entire home or commercial application.

What is the maximum moisture content for wet wall sheathing?

A builder recently had a question about a project where the wall sheathing was allowed to get wet. They wanted to know what the maximum moisture content should be before closing the walls back up.

Geothermal provides consistent comfort as the seasons change

In this period of climate transition, homeowners will enjoy lower energy bills as their heating and air units aren’t working as hard to condition air against extreme cold conditions outside.

Window designs deliver energy efficiency and durability

Green projects, like energy efficient window replacement, are expected to double over the next five years.

Sliding doors blend indoor and outdoor living

Homeowners can blend indoor and outdoor living without compromising safety.

Good tasting water does not equal healthy water

Taste does not equate to health or quality. If it did, that would mean McDonalds fries and Oreos are health foods. (We wish.)

Air sealing is easier with upgraded spray sealant

While green building has long emphasized insulation, recent research by Building Science Corporation showed that air sealing is at least as important as the R-value of the insulation in a building envelope.

New home quality mark designed to battle fuel poverty in the UK

Homes in Britain are among the oldest in Europe, and the cost of heating properties that leak heat is leading to fuel poverty for many residents.

A differential competitive advantage for home builders

Herein lies an outline for a phenomenal opportunity to turn fortunes 180 degrees through recognizing the Differential Competitive Advantage we have.

How to eliminate water hammer noise after flushing a toilet

Have you ever been startled by a loud bang in you pipes after your fill valve shuts off? This is called water-hammer.

STEP Warmfloor® practices what they preach

A true testament of STEP Warmfloor’s radiant heating system can be found in their 35,000 sq. ft. headquarters located in St. Louis, Missouri. The staff is proud of their living laboratory.

Green building Q&A: plastics industry delivers energy efficiency innovations

As building codes require greater levels of efficiency, the building products industry is responding with innovations that will help make homes greener.

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Multifamily housing loan gets first green building pricing break

A multifamily rental property in New Jersey will receive an interest rate reduction on its Fannie Mae loan due to LEED certification. Fannie Mae said the the first loan to close with its Multifamily Green Building Certification Pricing Break will...

Pent-up demand drives remodeling growth

The combination of homeowners' desire for improvements in their homes and a more stable economy is turning into solid business conditions for home remodelers.

LED bulbs break $5 barrier in socket wars

Leave the lights on and you could still save money – if you have the new $5 LED bulb.

Sign up to win HGTV Smart Home 2015

The modern Austin farmhouse is in keeping with the city’s “Imagine Austin” development plan and the McMansion ordinance that limits the size and configuration of new homes in central Austin.

Permeable pavers reduce stormwater pollution

Driveways and parking lots can be made significantly eco-friendlier with the installation of permeable systems.

Everything you need to know about indoor air pollution

While air pollution gets a lot of attention, the air inside homes may be more dangerous.

Californians switching to artificial grass to battle drought

With mandates to replace lawns with drought tolerant landscaping, California residents are looking for good alternatives to traditional grass.

Solarcity and Nest partner to make cost savings even easier for homeowners

To boost home solar power performance, SolarCity and Nest Labs have offered a free Nest Thermostat to 10,000 customers in California.

Hip & ridge shingle creates professional look for engineered slate roof system

A flexible “living hinge” provides a more authentic look than a typical one-piece ridge cap for Ply Gem's Engineered Slate line.

3 things contractors should know about new water heaters

Under the new regulations that took effect April 16, 2015, water-heating options for contractors of new and existing homes will vary dramatically.

Top 6 questions you should ask before buying a green home

Buying a green home can be more complicated, so here are some questions you should ask to make the transaction go smoothly.

Smart storage for renewable energy extends the solar day

The JuiceBox Energy system is designed to extend the solar day by supporting self-consumption when rates are highest.

RESNET developing Water Efficiency Rating for homes

The WER index will offer a rating system for water efficiency similar to the HERS Index for energy efficiency for homes.

More cities adopting smart water meters

The city of Santa Fe has a unique set of needs -- from water scarcity to a challenging geography -- which make installing cellular smart water meters attractive.

Modular senior housing communities win LEED Platinum

Two Elite Care senior living communities using modular construction were certified as LEED Platinum.

US adds record solar electric generating capacity and solar jobs

Solar power installations represented 32 percent of new electric generating capacity in 2014, boosting overall installed capacity of 20 gigawatts.

California enacts tough new water standards

As California experiences record drought, the state enacted emergency regulations to help save billions of gallons of water.

Hottest 2015 home design trends from Pinterest

Check out the hottest trends that are shaping home design in 2015, from the return of olive green to an obsession with metallic accents.

EPA honors 2015 Energy Star Partners of the year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) honored 128 businesses and organizations in 33 states with the Energy Star’s Partner of the Year award.

Heating and air-conditioning tips from the pros

The decision to purchase a heat pump, gas furnace or central air conditioner is a significant one—a decision that requires careful thought and research.

Words Matter: DOE reveals building science translator

One of the hurdles in adoption of green building practices is informing consumers about the long-term benefits of energy-efficient homes.

LEED recognizes Living Building Challenge requirements

The U.S. Green Building Council will now recognize energy and water requirements from the Living Building Challenge (the Challenge) green building system within the LEED green building program.

Geothermal heat pump features unique vapor injection technology

A new hydronic geothermal heat pump features vapor injection technology that delivers more heat more efficiently.

10 bleakest cities of 2015 to receive Lowe's makeovers

This winter has been one of the harshest on record, and for many communities, the first day of spring didn't bring much relief.

Guidance coming for HVAC in high performance homes

As more energy efficient homes are built, HVAC contractors need guidance in specifying the right system for the home.

Top homes named in Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge

The fifth annual CT Zero Energy Challenge featured 11 new homes from across the state exemplifying high-efficiency design that best utilized innovative building techniques and new technology intended to lower energy use to near- or net-zero.

5 Smart Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home

Although our planet is covered with water, only a small percent of it can really be used safely for human consumption.

More new homes offer efficiency & sustainable features

Surveys indicate that efficiency is among the most-wanted features of home buyers and that builders are responding to this demand.

Modular home manufacturer earns environmental certification

Homebuyers looking for an affordable green modular home should look for ISO 140001 certification – and there's only one U.S. manufacturer that has it.

Green building project uses humidity data loggers to train students

Students in a residential energy technology program are using temperature/humidity loggers to scientifically track green building practices.

Family is thrilled with exterior makeover final reveal

Check in on the winners of the CertainTeed 2013 Living Spaces Facebook Home Makeover Video Contest, who won a $75,000 exterior transformation of their home.

10 good reasons to buy a new home

Homebuyers everywhere are usually faced with the problem of where to buy, when to buy and should they buy a new home or and older one.

Green homes still troubling for real estate appraisers

One of the roadblocks to valuing high performance homes is to reflect the lower utility costs and durability of a home in the appraisal.

Create a dramatic transition from indoors to outdoors

Sacrificing home aesthetics for storm safety is a thing of the past.

Pilot program takes energy efficient homes to the next level

An innovative home performance pilot program is increasing insight into the most cost-effective ways to maximize energy savings in residential new construction.

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