Depending on where you live, you can heat water with the power of the sun. On average heating water accounts for about 20 percent of a home's energy costs. So solar power could help you save money each month.
Most people in the U.S. don’t pay attention to their old-fashioned water heaters even though they can have expensive costs. For the most part it is easier to just ignore the water heater and not worry until it breaks down and needs constant repairs.
More and more homebuyers are looking for homes that perform well, in addition to providing a comfortable, engaging place to live. And homebuilders are rising to meet the demand. Green builders are incorporating energy, water and resource efficiency, improved indoor air quality and sustainable and locally sourced products into their projects.
Bosch Thermotechnology Corp.
Problems with the gutters on a home can create major headaches for any homeowner. Taking proper care of the gutters from installation to seasonal cleanings is important in maintaining the integrity of your home against water damage.
For the family moving into the Proud Green Home of St. Louis, indoor air quality was a high priority.
Every home – new or existing – can increase its energy efficiency with the installation of a blanket of continuous exterior insulation over the walls and studs, thus reducing thermal bridging. This white paper identifies thermal bridging and why continuous insulation is the best way to address it.
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While it may appear flat, the hipped roof of the weeHouse contains a 1/4” per foot slope. Many weeHouses have been built in areas susceptible to high snow loads, however, in areas where the snow load is of crucial concern a pitched roof may be advised.
Creating healthier living spaces is paramount for informed consumers.
If you're looking for the best place to start to make a home high performance, it's before the first stake is planted at the site. Here are some tips to use to develop a holistic approach that takes into account the site, the sun, climate, and the lifestyle of the homeowners as well as the layout of the home.
I was recently interviewed by MoonworksHome as part of their Expert Interview program.
Programmable thermostats do have the potential to save the homeowner money, but they can also cost more. The secret to success is the way in which you use them.
Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a handful of modern homes in the San Diego area that exemplify modern architecture and living.
How would you like to remodel your home and save up to 25 percent on your heating and cooling costs with one step? It's not a trick question – it's entirely possible with continuous insulation.
A 3-D printed home borrowed some traditional modular home concepts to demonstrate advancements in energy management.
There's nothing like stepping on a warm floor when you get out of bed or the bath.
Trying to find the right light bulb is a mind-bender on the order of finishing a Rubik’s cube.
As homes get smarter, there’s a greater integration with mobile devices and appliances to improve comfort and reduce energy use.
A traditional HVAC system, like those found in many homes, often isn't the most efficient and comfortable way to heat your home.
Many of today's homes are airtight and highly insulated, which are good for cost and energy-effective temperature control, but terrible for indoor air quality.
Windows play a major role in passive solar design and ventilation strategies that can make a home more comfortable, and contribute to heating and cooling that doesn't cost a dime.
When architects don't specify products, builders will use their favorite products and sub contractors to get the job done. For some aspects of the building, that's just fine. For other critical aspects it could lead to failures and client dissatisfaction.
Many homeowners looking forward to enjoying their vacation home also dread arriving. At first, the air will seem heavy and there might be an unpleasant odor.
Third graders at Centreville Elementary School, Fairfax, VA were introduced to “Sammy the Star™” in an informative presentation on renewable and non-renewable energy sources, and the importance of the ENERGY STAR logo.
Imagine turning on a shower and getting hot water almost immediately.
Most builders are very familiar with the concept of a house wrap. It's a water-resistive barrier that goes on top of the sheathing in a wood-frame home. Then the exterior cladding goes on top of the house wrap.
Traditional gas-powered tank water heaters continue to be one of the most popular options for home water heating. But today, there are other options available such as tankless water heaters.
The homeowners wanted to reduce the risk of dust and mold in their new high performance home.
Are you building in a warm climate? If your residential build occurs in building science climate zones one, two or even three, you may want to reconsider placing the ductwork for your air conditioning units in the attic, even if the attic is ventilated.
Orchards at Orenco, the largest certified multi-family Passive House building in North America, received two of the highest honors in the 2015 Passive House Institute U S Building Project Competition
To help spread the word, Bosch Thermotechnology is sponsoring Geothermal on October 20, 2015. Why choose geothermal for your home?
Unfortunately, below-grade waterproofing is all too often a case of out of sight, out of mind. It's not something homeowners, or even building professionals spend much time thinking about. But a wet basement can lead to a whole host of problems.
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Noted systems-built home expert Michael Harris has joined ProudGreenHome.com as an Approved Contributing Expert.
The U.S. Department of Energy presented the 2015 Housing Innovation Awards to 24 industry leaders and 27 winning DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes.
Lennar opened the city's first solar-standard community made possible by recent changes in utility regulations.
End the summer season with a bang by rejuvenating your lawn and prepping for the cooler season ahead.
20 brand-new captivating hues feature four designer palettes that bring impact and dimension to any living space.
A Seattle row home development features not only many high performance aspects but also reduced electromagnetic field exposure.
Buildings that meet the PHIUS+ standard use 60 to 80 percent less energy for heating and cooling compared to comparable conventional buildings.
An upstate New York family looking to be self reliant in their winter heating fuel settled on a masonry fireplace to keep their home comfortable.
SolarCity said it has built a module with efficiency exceeding 22 percent.
While keeping energy costs down, a quality factory-built, modular home also benefits the air quality in the home by reducing allergens and outside pollutants.
Whirlpool Corporation has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability and natural resource efficiency with inclusion on the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index.
Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to spray sealant throughout the walls to block up any leaks?
Based on new research, roughly 90 percent of existing U.S. homes are under insulated, wasting energy, money and decreasing comfort for homeowners.
ZEBs bring together existing energy efficient technologies to form a high-performance building.
Football teams say they "must defend their house" during home games. For the Jacksonville Jaguars, that takes on a whole new meaning.
Data from a study of 3,000 homes in New York is now available for use in identifying opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) conducted the first-of-its-kind study that compiled energy-related information...
InVent Series ventilation fans feature FoldAway mounting ears and the EzDuct Connector, which allow for easy installation.
Monthly utility costs are the second largest bill most families face, after housing expenses.
Answering the question, “How do we balance our development needs with our water needs?”
Many Americans believe they are pretty savvy when it comes to their lawns, how will you do?
Builders and other industry professionals now have an opportunity to find out what green means to home buyers.
HERO PACE financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them through their property tax bill.
North America currently dominates the market for insulated concrete forms followed by Europe and Asia Pacific.
In kitchen appliances, black is the new black with the first-ever black stainless steel finishes from KitchenAid.
A new quiz from the nonprofit Propane Education & Research Council helps homeowners determine if and when it is time to pull the plug on their current water heater.
Homes with skylights experience lower energy costs, better indoor air quality and comfort.
Because air pollution levels can vary widely over the course of even a few hours, consumers could significantly decrease their environmental health risk by avoiding excessive exposure at peak times.
Innovative new technologies and building systems have enabled longer wood spans, taller walls, and higher buildings, and continue to expand the possibilities for wood use in construction.
From a field of over 250 entries, the judging panel chose six projects from around the country that best exemplify Integrity's promise of beautiful windows and doors.
Too many people rely on bottled water for clean drinking water, but there's no quality control and most people could get better water cheaper.
The results of a U.S. Department of Energy study demonstrate that weatherization provides cost-effective energy savings and health and safety benefits to American families.
Natural stone is usually considered as a premier building material because of its unique character, elegance, and stability.
There's no more need for bulky water filters screwed onto the kitchen faucet.
The new Mono X NeON 72 solar panel uses LG’s n-type double-sided cell structure for greater efficiency. LG Electronics introduced the new 72-cell solar panels, designed to be a highly efficient and practical solar solution for commercial installations, at the...
Residents of San Antonio join those in Austin that can use a power purchase agreement to host a solar power system on their rooftop.
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A new tool enables contractors to leverage the power of big data to measure a home’s HVAC needs before making a house call.