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Insulation products help home achieve recognition from U.S. Department of Energy

The combination of products from several companies focused on efficiency – Dow Building Solutions among them – has helped a Michigan builder earn a prestigious award.

Under new standards, tankless water heaters are an even better option

Just in case you haven't heard, starting April 16, 2015, water heaters sold in the U.S. will have to meet new efficiency regulations.

No noise is good noise

If you have an older home with the original equipment range hood, you'll be surprised at how quiet new models can be. Fans get louder over time as components wear, and new technology has dramatically cut the noise levels.

Oklahoma residential development will feature geothermal in every home

Oklahoma-based builder McAlister Construction Inc.'s residential development project will exclusively feature geothermal-based heating and cooling.

Fight indoor air pollutants with ventilation

The best way to find indoor air pollution is to keep contaminants from entering the home in the first place. That's called source control. But next best thing you can do is to have appropriate ventilation to exhaust the polluted...

Would you rather live in an active house?

There's another approach to high performance homes gaining ground called "Active House". This standard incorporates heating and cooling, and the standard makes it easier to incorporate larger windows and skylights into the design, and make up the loss of insulating power with larger heating and cooling capacity.

Avoiding roofing pitfalls

Whether you are a professional roofer or a DIY enthusiast building a garden shed, here are a few simple steps to reduce call backs and ensure a quality roof that will last for years.

How to maintain a green garden free of chemicals

Here are some things that you can do to keep your garden healthy, green and free of chemicals.

High performance folding glass walls bring the outdoors into your home

For home that blurs the line between indoor and outdoor living, folding glass walls create an easy-to-use solution that can fit into any style.

Spray sealant creates a complete barrier against the elements

The shell of a building is its protective shield, or armor, if you will. Sometimes, that armor develops chinks that can leave the interior vulnerable to air leaks and moisture.

Hi tech fan solutions

Like any thing else you buy for your kitchen, the more you pay the better performance and features you'll find. Your range hood is no different. We'll look at some of the latest innovations and gadgets in the market today.

Modern design shapes award-winning high performance home

A high performance home that incorporates three of the top green building certifications generates more energy than it uses.

Prepping a residential roof for solar PV

The roofing industry continues to see rooftops used as platforms for roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) systems and this is especially true in residential construction

Is your home ready for the Internet of Things? The latest from 2015 CES

As smart home technology matures, more products are coming to market that put homeowners in control of lights, appliances and home comfort.

New Year's resolutions for your home

Instead of promising yourself to cut back on the caffeine, eat better or exercise more, maybe this is the year to make a New Year’s resolution for your home rather than for yourself.

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Hot new products: International Builders' Show preview

The focus of the residential and commercial building industry once again turns toward Las Vegas for the 2015 International Builders Show.

Should you invest in home solar power instead of the stock market?

In 50 of America's largest cities, a home solar power system offers a better return on the stock market.

Smart thermostat market doubled in 2014

As more homeowners and building professionals come to understand the value of a smart thermostat, the market is expected to soar in the U.S. and Europe.

Tired of the cold? Find out how cozy is your city

As temperatures plummet, many Americans will be looking for ways to stay comfortable and warm this winter, but not all U.S. cities were created equal when it comes to their cozy factor.

Get ready for new water heater regulations

Starting April 16, 2015, new regulations go into effect for residential water heaters that influence how they are manufactured and installed.

Will you pay more for home with a green certification?

In multiple studies across the U.S., homebuyers paid 10% to 14% more for homes with green certifications over comparable homes.

Stop drafts and save on home energy bills this winter

Imagine leaving the windows open all winter long - the energy loss, cold drafts and wasted energy. Overlooked holes in the home can have the same effect

EPA recommends radon testing in January

Buying or building a new home? EPA recommends including radon testing as part of any real estate transactions and consider having your newly constructed home built with radon resistant features.

Is a smart thermostat right for your home?

Homes are getting smarter these days, and one way to get plugged in is with a smart thermostat.

Connected appliances help manage life on the go

Now it's easier to be productive with your phone and home appliances as well as crushing candies.

Avoid water leaks with new tools to detect and shut off broken pipes

Pipes seem to break at the worst possible time, when no one is home, usually during the winter when freezing temps strain plumbing systems.

Smart appliances with a conscience

As homes and appliances get smarter, consumers will still want a human touch to influence technology.

Top five plumbing news stories of 2014

From the toilets at Sochi to former Mayor Bloomberg’s pro-plumber sentiment, it’s safe to say the year was “flush” with interesting toilet talk.

Oklahoma residential development features geothermal heat pumps

The 46-home Avondale residential development project in Moore, Oklahoma, will feature geothermal-based heating and cooling in all the homes.

Survey: remodelers gearing up for more work in 2015

A new survey shows home improvement contractors are optimistic about business in the coming year, with homeowners willing to spend more money.

Make the right choice for LED lights in the new year

Choosing a light bulb can be a big decision these days. Fortunately, it's easier to find affordable LED lighting for your home, but there are still choices to make.

Top 10 blog posts for 2014

Take a look at the Top 10 blog posts for 2014 on ProudGreenHome.com.

BPI home energy audit system published as ANSI standard

Home energy auditing has a new science based standard for evaluating detached single-family dwellings and townhouses that supports the U.S. Department of Energy's Home Energy Score.

A guide to money-wise & green home renovations

Did you know that one of the best ways to make your home insulated and "green" is to get your garage door up to snuff?

How much solar power could your home generate?

As prices continue to fall for residential solar installations, there's still the question of whether a particular home site could generate enough power for an investment in solar panels to pay off.

Do you know why your heating system doesn't work? The answer will surprise you

While everyone knows that a heating and cooling system is one of the biggest energy users in the home, the reason why that's so may surprise you.

Track energy use with new online tools

Athletes track their performance to get better, so why not do the same thing for your home?

Why you should have a mold inspection before buying a home

Whether you’re planning to buy a new home or sell your current one, getting a mold inspection done and finding a green solution, is vitally important. The presence of active mold can negatively affect the resale value of any property.

The top 6 ways your home is losing energy this winter

It’s not too late to inspect your home for energy faux pas that could be costing you plenty.

Express yourself with the color of the year

Perfectly suited to celebrate a mid-decade year that's poised for revitalization, Coral Reef is Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2015.

Solar powered louvered roof system turns patios into outdoor living space

In a warm climate, outdoor living spaces can be come uncomfortably warm in the summer heat.

Santa lights up winter wonderland with solar power

A Christmas display with 100,000 lights now uses solar power to spread holiday cheer for the neighborhood.

No more cold water while waiting for a tankless water heater to kick in

A tankless or on-demand water heater is a great way to save energy and have endless hot water, but homeowners used to have to understand how they worked.

Your home is wasting money. Do you know how?

If you’re putting more cash into your existing heating system with regular repairs and rising energy bills, it’s likely time to upgrade your system. An older, less efficient heating system is often the culprit behind high energy bills. By replacing...

Stop wasting water in the shower

Most people waste a lot of water in the shower and don't realize how much energy it takes to move and heat that water that goes down the drain.

High tech cooling mirror beams heat into space

Scientists at Stanford have developed a passive radiator system that lowers the temperature of anything it's placed on.

Do you know how healthy your home is?

While 60 percent of homeowners rate their homes as “healthy,” more than one in four are uncertain of major health hazards both indoors and outside of their homes.

Prefab concrete walls could lower price of green building for Habitat for Humanity

As Habitat for Humanity and other affordable homebuilders look for ways to go green and stay on budget, a new concrete wall system could be the answer.

2015 roofing trends gravitating to gray

Keep an eye out for gray taking the spotlight as the color of choice in 2015 as homeowners remodel and upgrade their homes.

Chicago boosts energy saving programs for apartment buildings

Apartment buildings in Chicago will be eligible for energy-efficiency improvements designed to save energy and cut costs for building owners and tenants.

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