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Consider Scientific Building Standards for your next home

There are many options available for those who want to build to Scientific Building Standards.

5 places to invest in energy savings in your home

While it's true that some homes that meet green building certifications might cost up to 10% to 15% more in upfront costs, it's critical take into account the total cost of owning and living in the home.

Historic Home Gets a Geothermal Upgrade

Most older homes don't have a tight building envelope. That means air flows through cracks and crevices in the home, making it difficult – and expensive – to heat and cool. However, the owner of a 12,000 square foot historic home in Rhode Island wanted to completely renovate the home and retrofit it with geothermal heating and cooling.

Sponsored by: Bosch Thermotechnology Corp.

Tubular daylighting lets the sun shine in

Windows aren't the only solution for bringing natural light into every area in your home.

Energy Star appliances offer style and energy savings

Energy efficient appliances can help cut costs and deliver high performance in the home.

Understanding Your Home's Thermal Envelope

When sealing a home for efficiency purposes, addressing the building’s envelope is integral. Correct attention to sealing and insulating the attic space in a home can mean big returns for the homeowner in value and coziness. This white paper looks at products available that can help a homeowner properly seal and insulate their attic space.

Sponsored by: Demilec

Energy Star rated dishwashers clean quietly

Research shows that noise is the top factor for consumers when choosing a dishwasher.

Ductless heat pump systems offer design and installation flexibility

Ductless HVAC systems offer flexibility in design and installation for homeowners and building professionals, while delivering energy efficiency.

Prepare for National Geothermal Day

Geothermal heating and cooling is the most efficient, earth-friendly and economical comfort technology in the world. Now there's a day to celebrate it.

Engineered shake & shingle siding delivers the look of cedar without the upkeep

Everyone loves the natural beauty, warmth, and charm of real cedar siding on homes, but they don’t love the constant upkeep.

Green premium: insurance discounts for green build

Not only are green buildings healthier, productivity lifters, and worth more money, the insurance industry confirms that they’re better insurance risks.

Students get an inside look at high performance home building

The next generation of building professionals toured a new high performance home to learn about technology and design.

Connected home systems give homeowners greater climate control

As the Internet of Things crosses into homes, homeowners can have greater control over their home climates from the palm of their hand.

5 strategies to improve indoor air quality

Given that the air in our homes and buildings is up to 5 times as polluted as outdoor air, and people spend about 90 percent of their times indoors, it makes sense to look at ways to make indoor air healthier.

Water, energy, and the potential to save billions

The entire process of getting hot water through a house from a centralized water heater and the associated plumbing consumes a substantial amount of water and energy.

Variable speed units boost HVAC efficiency

Variable speed units are one of the ways heating and cooling system manufacturers are winning the energy efficiency race.

5 ways to make the air in your home healthier

Most people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors exposed to potential sources of pollution than can lead to discomfort and illness.

Green landscape design tips for beginners

A beautifully landscaped yard can up the value of your property and gives you a reason to spend time outdoors surrounded by nature; great for mind, body and soul.

4 benefits of green home remodeling

Green remodeling is a hot topic in the housing market. Green homes tend to sell well, and many sellers are considering the value of using green practices and technologies to make improvements to their current homes.

DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes adds value to high performance model home

A model home for a golf course community in Pennsylvania exceeds DOE Zero Energy Ready Home requirements, delivering long-term value for its new owners.

California jurisdictions launch HERO Program to conserve water and energy

HERO financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them through their property tax bill.

How to choose the right range hood

If you're in the market for a range hood, it can be confusing. There are so many different types and styles on the market. And every manufacturer makes claims about how it will perform. It's tough to sort through all the information.

4 Foolproof Tips for Home Energy Savings That Add Up

When it comes to home energy savings, electricity is the one that typically costs us the most. It’s also the easiest to cut back on to save money on your bill and reduce your impact on the planet.

Foam insulation panels help seal buildings against moisture

It's a matter of when, not if, water will get behind the exterior cladding.

Roofing contractors can expand markets with solar installation certification

With solar energy becoming more mainstream in many parts of the U.S., roofing contractors who add photovoltaic installation to their services can greatly expand in their markets.

President Obama introduces executive order that will increase amount of renewable resources

Geothermal heat pumps were the options highlighted in President Obama’s recent executive order titled “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.”

Green tech for your home: saving energy and money

Being a “green” homeowner means buying less, reusing more, and making do with what the Earth gives us - recognizing both its limitations and our own.

HERS ratings – waaaay more than an energy score

The “Home Energy Rating Score” boils all energy users in a home down to a nifty “miles-per-gallon” number – like a window sticker in a car.

Blower door testing essentials

A blower door test can help to establish the airtightness of small to medium buildings, measure the flow of air between different areas in a building and test the airtightness of ductwork.

Smart thermostat connects with Apple HomeKit

Smart thermostats will be smarter as Apple launches its HomeKit for smart home integration.

Proud Green Home of St. Louis: Green Building Checklist

As with traditional construction practices, setting expectations is a large part of the home planning and construction process when building green.

Moisture is not your home's friend

When you take nice hot shower, does the bathroom mirror fog up, and stay foggy for a few minutes? If that's the way it is in your home, you may not think twice about it.

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Passive House remodeling project wins award for reduced energy use

The Mamaroneck Passive House won the Urban Green Council`s Power to the People award for the greatest percentage reduction in building energy use.

Study highlights cost benefits of solar power

The spread of solar power has brought benefits across the country, and there's a new way to find the impact in each state.

DIY foil insulation adds green certification

EcoFoil, a leading distributor of radiant barrier and foil bubble insulation products has been awarded the Greener Product Certification Seal.

New Utah home development will be Zero Energy Ready certified

A Salt Lake City development of 15 homes will be DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes that will exceed next generation building codes.

Proud Green Home of Cincinnati will use wastewater heat recovery system

The energy consumed to make hot water is the second largest cost on most utility bills, and showering is typically the single most energy intensive activity that people engage in at home.

Ready for the heat? Environmental scientists rank America's top 10 sweatiest cities

This is one list you don't want to be No. 1 on.

Recycling gives asphalt roofing a sustainable advantage

Asphalt shingle roofing is by far the most common residential roof in the U.S., and the industry is working to make it a more sustainable option, including recycling and integrating with renewable energy.

Property appraisers adopt new tool for green home valuations

The Appraisal Foundation has announced the adoption of the first of three Valuation Advisories related to the valuation of green buildings.

High performance home designed for high performance water heater

Find out why a heat pump water heater will be part of the Proud Green Home of Cincinnati.

Minnesota residents have access to new community solar program

A community solar garden allows residents to support renewable energy and save on their utility costs.

Compression storm windows preserve historic charm and seal air leaks

Historic windows are beautiful, but they can't keep up with today's demand for energy efficiency and comfort.

Wood plank floors contribute to green building certifications

Handcrafted natural wood flooring can contribute to green building certification points in a variety of categories.

California leads in solar capacity in US and world

California has become the first state in the nation to top 10,000 megawatts (MW) of installed solar capacity, according to the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report.

Factory built homes offer utility payback incentive

An Energy Star certified manufactured house offers a rebate on the first year's worth of utility payments.

Top home technology for 2015

From interactive cooktops, to hologram entertainment the home of the future is fast becoming a reality.

Net zero development uses high performance windows

Eco Village, the largest passive house development in the U.S. is adding 40 units that will meet the Passive House standard.

On-demand hot water pump cuts water and energy waste in high performance home

With record droughts in some parts of the country, water conservation now receives as much focus as energy savings.

Tips for buying the best windows for your home

Choosing the type of window for your home can have a significant impact on the performance and comfort of your home.

High performance home designed for ductless mini splits

Because the Proud Green Home of Cincinnati will be built to Passive House standards, the heating and cooling demand will be minimal.

The shared economy can now reduce your electric bill

A new peer-to-peer network allows everyone to participate in solar energy (on someone else's roof) and cut their electricity costs.

Proud Green Home of Cincinnati designed for ERV

As a high performance home, the Proud Green Home of Cincinnati will have a tight building envelope. That means mechanical ventilation is a part of the plan.

Take the guesswork out of home renovation with new online estimating tool

Do you have renophobia, the fear of home renovation? There just may be a cure for you.

Charge electric vehicles with home solar power bundle

Electric vehicle drivers can take advantage of a bundled solar power system and smart grid electric charging station.

New rating system guides sustainable landscape growth

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) launched its newly acquired SITES rating system, the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes.

New Hampshire has a new home solar power supplier

Sunrun, a dedicated residential solar company in the U.S. began offering affordable solar service to homeowners in New Hampshire.

High rise apartments use ductless HVAC for efficient living

Builders of a twin-tower high rise apartment complex were searching for the most efficient, yet comfortable heating and cooling system for their residents.

Multifamily housing project first to earn Zero Energy Ready Home

The first multifamily Zero Energy Ready Home certification for a rental development in the nation went to Mutual Housing California for its development at Spring Lake.

Replacement sliding doors open up beautiful views

When you want to make the most of the view in your home, a new sliding door may be the best way to do it.

Boral Roofing expands Energy Star and Cool Roof rated colors

With a cool roof becoming part of a high performance home, Boral has expanded its line of Cool Roof rated colors and styles.

Appraisal Institute joins DOE home energy efficiency initiative

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, will join 31 other partners to expand awareness of homes’ energy efficiency.

New tips to cut household water use in half

For drought-plagued Californians, saving water is a necessity. But it’s also a pretty good idea for all Americans.

5 things to look for when shopping for a ceiling fan

A ceiling fan is more than an appliance – it’s a design statement for your home, and can help save energy.

First to the Future Home features LED lighting

A high performance demonstration home "First to the Future Home" features more than 200 LED lighting fixtures.

New spray foam cuts re-occupancy time to 4 hours

When installing spray foam, regulations typically require people to stay out of the home for 24 hours. Now new guidelines from Icynene allow for 4-hour re-occupancy for homeowners and trades in the United States for two of its spray foam products.

New Zero Energy Ready development rising in Arizona

The 27 homes in the North Phoenix Vision Hill community will be Zero Energy ready and offer a number of green features.

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