Energy recovery ventilators keep high performance homes comfortable

As building codes call for tighter homes, continuous ventilation helps keeps occupants comfortable and saves energy.

Using Point-of-Use Heaters in House Expansions

When adding to your property, you may run into issues like building restrictions or design flaws. A well designed water system can help save money during construction and use energy efficiently.

High Performance and High Efficiency Geothermal Home Heating, Air Conditioning and Water Heating Systems

Geothermal is the new alternative to energy efficient heating and cooling. Fortunately, there are ways to take control of your heating and cooling bills and lessen your impact on the environment at the same time.

Sponsored by: Enertech Global, LLC

First net zero townhome complex meets its energy use goals

The zHome was the first net zero energy townhome complex in the United States, and two years of real data shows the homes actually produce as much energy as they use

Use a layered approach to waterproofing block foundations

For many years, it was thought a simple layer of spray-on or roll-on membrane was enough to make a masonry block foundation waterproof. We've learned over the years that that's simply not the case.

Achieve Greater Energy Efficiency with Next Generation Engineered Wood Panels

This white paper takes a look at the next generation of sheathing and roof products that are creating a visual sea of green in neighborhoods across the country.

Sponsored by: Huber Engineered Woods

Roll on unexpected property value

Residential property value can be a fairly dry subject, but a little wet paint can put more green in your pockets.

Recirculation pumps deliver hot water on demand

Recirculation pumps can slash wasted water and energy, and also deliver hot water right when home occupants want it.

Revitalize Home serves as benchmark for retrofitting and energy efficiency

Dow Building Solutions and Cobblestone Homes constructed the Revitalize Home as a means for builders, contractors, remodelers and homeowners alike to better understand the opportunities for retrofitting homes for energy efficiency.

Win the war against water in your walls

Experienced builders will remember the days when we didn't worry so much about mold and rot caused by water. That's because the homes had so much air leakage that the water could dry up before it caused damage.

Range hoods with style

Sure, a range hood is an important part of your home's ventilation system. It keeps kitchen odors, moisture and smoke under control to let you enjoy cooking without regrets. But a range hood may also be the centerpiece of your kitchen.

Home of the future, today

Confession of a girl geek at heart - I grew up watching the Jetsons and loved it. Guess what? That “home of the future,” the home of the Jetsons, is here now.

Making consumers see green

Selling sustainable homes, buildings a matter of properly articulating the value of green building, Greenbuild presenters say.

Preventing Mold: A home inspector's perspective

Once you get mold in your home, it can cause cosmetic damage, stains to furniture and drywall and reduce the quality of indoor air. Worse still, it can cause rot in wood and this may compromise the structure of the home. As with all things, prevention is the best cure, so here are some ways to stop moisture from collecting in the first place.

Residential green home building will have higher prominence at Greenbuild 2015

Greenbuild will feature a variety of residential offerings at the 2015 event.

Toilet washlets save water and create a better bathroom break (infographic)

Washlets reinvent the humble toilet seat as a warm water personal cleansing system.

How to manage moisture for a long-lasting home

Controlling moisture can make your home more energy-efficient, less costly to heat and cool, more comfortable, and prevent mold growth, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Plug gaps and holes to stop energy, money loss

Unsealed cracks and crevices in a home can be detrimental to its efficiency and durability, adding to unnecessary energy expenses. That’s why plugging gaps and holes throughout the home is so important.

Moisture management and mold resistance

Mold in a home can make its inhabitants uncomfortable and increases the risk of respiratory illness. Aside from its health effects, mold can severely damage structures if allowed to multiply unabated. The key to controlling mold starts with prevention

How to spot ventilation problems in your home

Do you have fog or condensation in your bathroom windows and mirrors, even when the fan is running? It may be sign that the air in the room is cold, or you don't have enough airflow in the bathroom.

High performance sealant tackles the tough building envelope details

Builders know the devil is in the details, and window and siding sealant can help get those details right.

Window Installation: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Replacing your windows is an investment so it’s important to know all you can about it.

1970s rancher undergoes high performance makeover

A dated 1970s era ranch home underwent a deep remodeling job and went on to win a top green building award and helped educate a community on green building.

With new devices it's easier to make your home smarter

Sales of smart home devices will exceed 20 million units by the end of 2014 and increase to 36 million units by 2017.

People love basements until they have to live with one

I've heard many people say, if you have a basement it's not a matter of if it will flood, but only when.

Investing in indoor air quality as a marketing tool

In today’s eco-conscious world, every “healthy” or “low-impact” credential is a marketing tool for homeowners and property managers.

Solar sweet spot – the benefits of solar power on real estate

Almost daily, people ask me about solar and how it interacts with residential and commercial real estate.

Photos: Inside scoop on modern home living

Seven homes in Houston opened their doors for a Modern Home Tour to share inspiration and education about high performance homes.

Every wall will get wet, here's what you can do about it

Controlling rainwater is the single most important factor in the design and construction of durable wall assemblies. Unfortunately, all exterior claddings will allow some level of water to pass through. That means, at some point, siding, brick, stucco, and stone installation will get water behind them.

High performance home will be erected onsite for Greenbuild Expo

A factory-built home will demonstrate the latest in high performance home technology and building science at the 2015 Greenbuild Expo.

Building codes should push the (building) envelope

While building codes represent the lowest-level of requirements, builders and buyers alike should push for homes that go beyond the standard, experts say.

Designer kitchen appliances blend style and performance

The new Nate Berkus-inspired line of LG Studio appliances includes a counter-depth refrigerator, gas and electric slide-in ranges and an over-the-range microwave.

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Builders, buyers and lenders get new guidance for valuing green homes

The value of homes built to new energy codes should be reflected in the appraisals for lending, and appraisers can use new information from the Appraisal Institute to reflect better buildings.

Green building industry innovators recognized for sustainability initiatives

During Greenbuild 2015, The BOLD Awards recognized Building Optimizers Leaders and Disruptors who are driving change and innovation in prestigious green building projects across the country.

NAHB study: strong market outlook for green homes

Over half of home builders expect to be doing 60 percent or more of their new homes green by 2020, according to the new Dodge Data & Analytics’ new SmartMarket Report.

Realtors: green home features increase value and marketability

The demand for green homes is growing and today's consumers want homes and communities that are environmentally sustainable and resource efficient, according to The National Association of Realtors.

Cradle to Cradle honors innovative sustainable products (video)

Following a tradition of honoring pioneers in the circular economy, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute awarded four organizations that have crafted regenerative and Cradle to Cradle-inspired product design.

Study: solar energy systems boost home values

Homes with host-owned solar photovoltaic energy systems are sold at a premium compared to homes without PV systems, according to a new study.

New tool calculates roofing ventilation requirements

The new Roofing Ventilation Calculator mobile application gives building professionals a fast and accurate way to determine the amount of ventilation products needed.

New guidance available for LEED Materials & Resources Credit 4

New procedures for manufacturers to achieve recognition for the environmental, health and safety management of hazardous ingredients within the supply chain are on the way.

Hurricanes, Forest Fires & Bears, Oh My! Nanawall launches bear-proof folding glass wall

There’s nothing like a house in the woods, until it’s discovered by bears.

Tackle thermal bridging loss with continuous insulation

Although wood frame construction has been the standard for years, it's always had one glaring flaw.

Get ready for the cold: home winterization tips for your home

Home winterization can help keep your home warmer, while using less energy and costing less money.

Community solar gardens solve home solar adoption challenges

Massachusetts joins Minnesota and Colorado as states providing clean energy alternatives with community solar gardens.

Apartments waste 33% of the energy they use (infographic)

Apartment managers and residents can take some simple steps to stop wasting energy and lower their utility costs. While October is actually Energy Awareness Month, any time is the right time to promote the importance of finding more efficient ways...

New spray foam insulation adds recycled content for LEED points

Demilec debuted Heatlok XT, which contains more than 20 percent renewable and recycled content.

Take control of home security with smart lock and video doorbell

With a video doorbell, homeowners can see and speak with whoever is at the door via the app, then quickly lock or unlock their door from their smartphones.

One small trip to your attic could lead to big energy savings

In houses across America, poorly sealed and under-insulated attics are taking money out of homeowners’ pockets through high utility bills.

Solar power cost drop opens the Florida residential market

Florida, the state which ranks 3rd for rooftop solar potential ranks 13th in the nation for the actual amount of solar energy installed.

Duke Energy offers solar power rebate for South Carolina

The DER program is designed to grow the company's renewable footprint in the state from less than 2 megawatts today to at least 110 megawatts and potentially 170 megawatts by 2021.

Canadian Prime Minister's residence undergoes a geothermal upgrade

The installation of a GHP system in a house generates savings in the order of 40 percent to 60 percent of annual heating and cooling needs.

Steel-frame prefab homes built to exceed manufacturing standards

In Canada, Green Terra Home has designed modular, factory-built home to exceed the Canadian Standards Association Group A2777 building standard.

Triple pane window provides affordable solution for multifamily performance

Multifamily developers are seeking energy-efficiency windows that also deliver comfort and noise reduction for both new construction and renovation.

Tips to protect your home from energy vampires

Energy vampires can be lurking around one’s home in unexpected places: televisions, computers, and microwaves.

Smart LED lights help you live better and simplify home automation

C by GE smart LED bulbs take lighting beyond basic illumination with new features designed for sleep circadian rhythms.

5 secrets to stop washing money down the drain through your plumbing

t is up to the homeowner to keep the plumbing system healthy, but at the same time, it is a daunting task to undertake.

Production builder adds solar system for low HERS ratings

A new model by Stanley Martin Homes recorded a HERS index of 29, the lowest ever for the company.

New water treatment system eliminates waste from replacement filters

In the pursuit of healthy water, people use 43 million plastic replacement filters in home water filtration pitchers every year.

Classic-style faculty residence earns LEED Platinum, other green certifications

The Taft School residence in Watertown, Conn., was the first in the state to achieve the USGBC LEED BD+C for Homes Platinum certification using the new and more stringent version 4 rating criteria.

Hot showers aren't the only cause of foggy bathroom mirrors

Many homeowners don't realize that a foggy bathroom mirror is a sign of a bigger issue.

Metal Roofing delivers 
peak performance in storm prone Colorado

The eighth most expensive hailstorm in Colorado’s history resulted in an estimated $213.3 million in Denver metropolitan area property damage.

Solar panel effects on your home — and wallet

Considering adding solar to your home? Wondering what it’s really like?

Study: homebuyers more willing to pay for high performance green homes

With American households spending around $230 billion each year on energy, the real estate market is beginning to recognize the true value of high-performance homes.

Home makeover winners working on building envelope (video)

A weather-tight home is the goal, as a combination of roofing, housewrap and accessory products are installed on the exterior of the winner's home.

New charger powers electric vehicles 5 times faster

More than 80 percent of residential customers have electrical panels near where they park an EV.

Solar power with storage can protect residents in multifamily housing

Solar combined with energy storage systems (solar+storage) can help protect vulnerable populations during power outages in multifamily affordable housing.

Some states move ahead in energy efficiency measures

Energy efficiency measures continue to flourish in states across the country, with several states taking major steps that improved their scores.

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