Homebuilders in California are adapting to strict water conservation regulations to ensure homeowners and local water districts don't violate the rules.
Mini split ductless heating and cooling systems are taking a bigger share of the market as homeowners look for flexibility and efficiency.
The heat trapped inside an attic can cause temperatures to surpass 160 degrees. That means HVAC systems are working harder than they should have to, affecting durability, longevity and, in the immediate term, resulting in escalating cooling costs. This white paper identifies proper insulation and sealing techniques for a home's attic space.
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I read about new energy efficient water heaters on the market, but my plumber has an older model that will just fit right in where my old one was. Will I get in trouble if I use an older model?
With wind power contributing more the nation's renewable energy sources, it's cool to see what's behind those massive wind turbine blades.
When it's time to choose a water heater for a new home, or replace an existing one that's no longer performing well, there are some things you should know. This white paper reviews the top three things to consider when you're shopping for a new water heater.
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With summer and hotter temperatures upon us, a home’s attic is often a prime source for rising energy expenses during June, July and August as your HVAC system works to try to keep your home cool.
Wherever water is at a premium, high efficiency toilets can help reduce water use.
Throughout North America, there are many beautiful, living roofs dotting our urban landscape that also require care.
Real estate professionals will tell you freshening up a home for resale is a good idea. They’ll give you good advice on de-cluttering, removing personal photos and generally making it easier for prospective buyers to imagine themselves being happy in their new home.
You can stop wasting water and improve hygiene with hands-free technology for kitchen faucets.
You can hardly miss the news of the expanding effects of the drought in California and other areas in the Southwest. All businesses and homeowners in the region are affected.
As requirements for building envelopes increase, ventilation becomes vital for comfort and durability for a home.
One question we've been getting a lot lately is about the changes in water heaters due to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) requirements.
What used to be a niche market has become mainstream as more manufacturers develop sliding doors to help homeowners blend indoors and outdoor living.
While geothermal accounts for about 10 percent of the U.S. heating and cooling market, it's growing in popularity. To help education consumers and the building industry about this form of renewable energy, Bosch Thermotechnology has launched National Geothermal Day on October 20, 2015.
Hope you don't mind a little bragging, but Broan-Nutone pioneered Energy Star qualified range hoods. That means you can have effective kitchen ventilation that also saves energy.
Trying to grow flowers in a greenhouse during winter in Maine without racking up hefty utility bills seems nearly impossible. Unless you’re relying on a geothermal heat pump system to keep temperatures at an optimal growth level.
Walk down the lighting aisle of any big-box store, and you’ll see something you wouldn’t have five years ago – half the light bulbs available are LED.
The energy savings touted by unvented attics can be as high as 20%. However, if moisture is able to enter the unvented attic space, it may lead to roofing panel issues.
Programmable thermostats can reduce home heating costs by up to 35% and cooling costs by up to 25%.
Energy efficient LED lighting will be one of the technologies that will help Ed Begley Jr.'s new home reach LEED certification.
Odors often alert us to indoor air quality conditions ranging from mildly unpleasant to dangerous. Unfortunately, not every problem announces itself with strong odors, and people become accustomed to conditions they’re exposed to regularly.
The United States has busted its annual ecological budget, utilizing more resources and services than U.S. ecosystems can regenerate within the full year.
Conservation is one of the most important issues facing the global community, and water conservation is especially important.
With the changes to water heaters under the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA), people are wondering if they should buy a new water heater to get the most energy efficient model out there.
Tankless water heaters are among the most efficient models on the market, and one company is delivering made in the USA options for homeowners.
Insulation and air sealing play a key role in your home, helping keep them cool in summer and warm in winter. Here are five facts about both – and reasons why neither should be overlooked.
As homes are becoming more tightly built, proper ventilation is increasingly critical for optimal indoor air quality.
With advances in renewable energy, it's possible to build a home that generates as much energy as it consumes. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy has Zero Energy Ready Home program, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability.
A long-time environmentalist, actor Ed Begley Jr. is putting the finishing touches on his new net-zero solar powered home.
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Water filter pitchers can be a cute and inexpensive way to remove bad tastes and odors from your drinking water, but are water filter pitchers really effective?
With the real estate marketing heating up, it may be a good time to invest in making your home more desirable.
A new LEED Platinum-designed apartment building will create some of the most sustainable, livable, and innovative mixed-use buildings in the Pacific Northwest.
A new aerosol technology can cut air loss from leaky ducts, improving HVAC efficiency and improving comfort in homes and buildings.
Manufactured exterior veneer products can replace stone and brick with sustainable, low maintenance options.
The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.
As building codes demand homes with tighter building envelopes and continuous insulation, home builders and consumers are looking for building strategies that deliver that performance without paying a premium.
As more communities come to value decentralized wastewater treatment, the Wastewater Mega-Conference brings together industry leaders to share information.
Property appraisers in the United States are gearing up to better evaluate properties with high performance and green aspects with the first of three Valuation Advisories.
Canada, China and India are the top three countries for LEED building outside the U.S., according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Each week on the FOX series HOME FREE, hard-nosed contractor Mike Holmes will lead nine couples in renovating a run-down home
A new study revealed that real estate listings which highlight eco-friendly, high performance home (HPH) features perform above average in the Washington, D.C. market.
Investments in a variety of exterior home improvement projects on a midrange priced home can have solid return-on-invest for homeowners.
With the recent flooding heavy rains, many property owners face the strong possibility of mold growth caused by the floodwaters and ensuing heat afterward.
While most homeowners pass the energy conservation test, they need to brush up on Energy Savings 101 if they want to stay cool and keep bills low this season.
A planned Community Solar Garden will work as a long-term hedge against rising electricity costs of 3-6 percent each year, depending the utility provider.
Canadian Passive House Institute West (CanPHI West) will start a new education program designed to meet the growing interest in the international Passive House building standard and increase the number of trained building industry professionals in Canada.
The lucky family will receive a complete renovation including siding, decking, railing, roofing, insulation and more.
On July 2015 Lindal Cedar Homes celebrated its 70 anniversary, and its role in developing custom-built cedar homes that allow for many ways to go green.
Homeowners can make their mini split heat pumps more efficiently with connected controls from PowerWise.
As the U.S. Department of Energy rolls out its Zero Energy Ready Home program, building professionals and homebuyers are getting used to the new name.
The National Association of Home Builders’ The New American Home 2016 will feature a whole home water filtration system from Environmental Water Systems.
Green building in India has new certification to drive market adoption.
Cleantech startup Domino announced that it's bringing its Energy Concierge service for low-carbon living to New York.
Now you can breathe deeply – everything you need to know about indoor air pollution is here.
A new additive for paints, coatings and flooring could transform any surface into a solar energy receptor.
Hawaii enacted a law earlier this year that requires all of the state's electricity to be produced from renewable energy sources no later than 2045.
Life is messy, but homeowners can feel better about life's messes, big or small, knowing they have the right tools to clean their homes.
The Mamaroneck Passive House won the Urban Green Council`s Power to the People award for the greatest percentage reduction in building energy use.
The spread of solar power has brought benefits across the country, and there's a new way to find the impact in each state.
EcoFoil, a leading distributor of radiant barrier and foil bubble insulation products has been awarded the Greener Product Certification Seal.
A Salt Lake City development of 15 homes will be DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes that will exceed next generation building codes.
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.
This is one list you don't want to be No. 1 on.
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.
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The Appraisal Foundation has announced the adoption of the first of three Valuation Advisories related to the valuation of green buildings.