Retrofitted low-income housing meets Passive House standards

Last year, the 50-year-old buildings that now make up Weinberg Commons were neglected, run-down, and empty.

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Are you ready to buy a prefab green home like you buy a car?

A Silicon Valley startup hopes to use technology to bring affordable, sustainable homes to market that can be ordered online and shipped to a prepared site.

Ten Most Common Code Violations - Part One

Failing a building inspection is a frustrating and costly experience for most contractors. You may have to go back and make adjustments or redo some aspects of the build and your scheduling will be compromised. Knowing the most common code violations and how to avoid them can save you time and money.

Smart home confusion: What do we really want our homes to do?

There is some confusion about what smart home technology can do now, and what it may be able to do in the future.

Fiber cement moving from siding to backyard decks

A technology once used exclusively for home siding is making its way to backyard decks.

Caribbean affordable housing project succeeds with SIPs

An affordable housing project in the Caribbean relied on innovative SIPs to meet the demands of the project and local building conditions.

Geothermal: the single best thing you can do for your house

People ask me what's the one best thing I can do for my house, and I believe that putting in a geothermal unit is the best thing you can do.


Visualize how door glass customization can compliment your home

Not sure what kind of glass compliments your home and fits your taste at the same time? This simple interface allows users to upload a photo of their home and test different door glass products.

Benefits of geothermal HVAC in commercial applications – Part 2

With geothermal in commercial scale buildings, there are economies of scale that make it more efficient than in single-family dwellings.


Engineered slate roofing is a cost effective option that offers durability and natural appearance

The roof of a home provides protection from moisture and can add valuable visual interest to a home.

10 ways to help save the planet and make your garden green (infographic)

A lot of us think that it’s the big sweeping changes that will make an impact on the care of our environment, but it’s really the little things that matter.

How do you know what size water heater your home needs?

When you walk into the plumbing aisle at the big box store, water heaters are sold by the capacity of the tank in most cases. But this isn't always the most important number.

Remote research post at South Pole puts radiant heating elements to the maximum test

The IRIS/PASSCAL and UNAVCO Facilities designed and built a reliable power and communication system for autonomous polar station operation. Radiant heating elements were used to provide reliable, even and consistent heat for the functionality of the equipment’s batteries.

Eliminate laundry odors

Ever wonder how to fix “stinky” smelling towels or those horrible sweaty gym clothes? Here is a quick, cheap fix so solve your problem.

Green inspiration for your health and comfort

One of my goals with green education is inspiring people to take action, and contribute to their life being better! In this podcast, we gab about off-gassing, which is when VOC’s are released from things in your home (or building) like carpet, flooring, adhesives, furniture and more.

Authentic design for architectural style

ODL is excited to introduce Spotlights™ Door Glass, a product that allows a homeowner to accentuate their doors with glass that complements the architectural style of the home.

Low flow faucets combine style and water saving technology

Choosing a water-efficient faucet is one small, easy way to reduce water usage.

Stylish shower heads save water every day

Save water with every shower with a new water saving design from Delta Faucet.

Health issues put spotlight on poor indoor air quality

Although people may feel healthy despite exposure to pollution, Lyme disease or other illnesses can act as a trigger, significantly degrading health.


Durable countertops mimic natural materials without the maintenance

With new laminate finishes from Formica, it's easy to bring a touch of nature into any kitchen.

Water saving shower jets offer a personalized bathing experience

The body spray system offers clean lines typical of a flush mount design, but with maximum flexibility and functionality.

Use stone veneer to instantly boost a home's curb appeal

Adding stone veneer to your home is an easy project that instantly boosts a home’s appearance and value.

WaterSense faucets save water with the touch of a finger

Much of the water ran in the kitchen ends up wasted, but a new touch-sensitive faucet helps get the most out of every drop.

Energy saving sliding glass door designed for large spaces

Available in large sizes and a variety of configurations, the door for commercial and residential applications features easy operation and simple modular installation.

Geothermal as part of the high performance home system

In a high performance home, the tight building envelope and the geothermal HVAC function as part of a system.


Versatile kitchen faucet delivers commercial functionality at home

Architects and designers, as well as consumers, are looking for kitchen faucets with an industrial-inspired spring spout – or pre- rinse spring faucet. And while commercial-grade options deliver on style, they often lack the functional conveniences homeowners want: like easy...

Shower head saves water with the flip of a lever

Sure, saving water is a great idea. But most people don't want to sacrifice their warm, soothing shower.

Deep energy retrofits made affordable with California's PACE Program

Property assessed clean energy (PACE) is a means of finance energy-saving home improvement projects in California through property tax bills, making it affordable to many homeowners. Air sealing a home can, however, cause air quality issues to arise, increasing the importance of mechanical ventilation.


Melting ice off OSB

One of our readers recently posed an interesting question that is probably affecting most of you at this time of the year.

Powerful kitchen faucet spray saves water

Tackling dirty dishes in the kitchen can end up wasting a lot of water.

Low flow showers don't compromise the bathing experience

Water-saving fixtures are becoming more important to meet water use restrictions in many parts of the country. At the 2016 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, Jerry Capasso, product manager at Moen, reviewed the company's low-flow shower products that are designed...

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An Exploration of Hot Water Recirculation Systems

Water has always been a primary focus as homeowners and builders seek greater energy efficiencies and less waste. Hot water recirculation systems are quickly becoming more common in single family residential construction, scaling from long-standing practices in commercial and multifamily construction that have demonstrated its value.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Taco Comfort Solutions


Alabama Power's Pilot Program Promotes Benefits of Residential Electric Tankless Water Heaters

Alabama Power, one of four utilities operated by Southern Company, is working with Eemax, a brand of Rheem and a manufacturer of electric tankless water heaters, to promote the efficiencies and reliabilities of electric tankless water heaters (ETWH) for new construction homes.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: EcoSmart Green Energy Products


Factors to Consider in Choosing Windows for Your Home

The windows in a home play crucial dual roles: architectural style and performance. There are numerous factors to consider when selecting a window for your new or remodeled home. This white paper provides an overview of the window options that homeowners should consider when choosing windows for their home.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Ply Gem


Residential Walls and Foundations: Improving the Thermal Envelope

This guide compares Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) with other forms used in above grade (walls) and below grade applications (foundations). Key factors in selecting the best system for your home are identified.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


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