Informal research reveals the most wanted green home features.
A half-dozen hand built tiny houses are the first step in the vision to build a village of micro homes to house Nashville's homeless population.
Every home needs ventilation to exchange stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. That’s due to moisture, mold, and chemicals from carpets, clothing, paint, cabinets and other common items. This guide includes everything you need to know about the air in your home and the benefits of proper ventilation.
National Geothermal Day is coming on October 20, 2015! Are you ready? The goal for the day is to raise awareness about geothermal heating and cooling, the other kind of renewable energy.
As kitchen and bath trends develop, plumbing fixtures and equipment evolve to deliver style while saving water.
Insulation is a must when combating cold air, moisture and other potential hazards that can befall an unprotected foundation. This white paper takes a look at some methods for insulating the three most common types of foundations – basements, slabs and crawl spaces.
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For over 15 years, Habitat for Humanity Homes in Southern California has been installing the ACT D’MAND KONTROL® Systems for the efficient water conservation and energy saving measures it provides.
Regardless of where you live, you may want to find a green apartment that you can rent if you're a really eco-conscious consumer.
Under the new federally mandated water heater efficiency regulations, many residential and some light-duty commercial water heaters have changed.
As mechanical ventilation becomes a larger part of the high performance home building strategies, you'll hear a lot of talk about whole-house fan, whole-house comfort systems and so on. What does it all mean?
Even with your entry door shut its materials and expansive seams can be leading reasons for your energy bills to much higher than needed. Fortunately, entry doors have come a long way over the past decade.
KB Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the United States, uses its high performance demonstration homes to refine the building practices and technologies that find their way into production homes.
President Obama unveiled a set of impressive private and public sector commitments aimed at accelerating the nation’s transition to a cleaner and more productive energy economy.
Alchemy Architect’s most recently completed project was a renovation in Door County, WI. It was converted from “builder” to “architecture”, the Door County Barnhouse underwent a transformation taking a cue from the local farmhouse aesthetic.
Los Angeles residents can explore that cool house down the block.
Indoor air quality is an important health consideration for homeowners. With several options claiming to provide clean and healthy air choosing the right approach can be confusing.
The LEED for Homes Awards recognize projects, developers and homebuilders that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in residential green building.
Those of us with a flair for furnishing and an eye towards the environment often find the two clashing.
Just when you think the negative impact of the severe drought in our nation’s southwest region can’t get any worse, it does.
Mid 20th-century modern homes have some of the coolest design out there but they are a train wreck in terms of energy efficiency.
The first speculative Emerald Star certified home in Seattle goes net zero energy with solar panels and innovative building science.
Why can't I just go to the big home store and get a new water heater? Aren't they pretty much all the same?
Google is focusing its data and mapping prowess on the home solar power market with the launch of Project Sunroof to provide homeowners with custom solar information.
Back in 2013, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory conducted groundbreaking research into kitchen pollution and how range hoods perform in removing pollutants.
As we discussed last time, air conditioning has had an amazing ripple effect with its impact on where and how we live and work. Air conditioning also places a tremendous load on our electric systems. So what to do?
Builders and remodelers have long forgotten the notion that vinyl siding is “plastic”, and therefore bad for the environment.
One of the major challenges in renovating the historic Chicago Motor Club was selecting an HVAC system that could withstand Chicago's winters and preserve the historic character of the building.
The Gary Sinise Foundation recently used a geothermal heating and cooling system in a home it constructed in Duluth, Minn., for a wounded Marine.
Proper maintenance of the home and appliances will prevent costly repairs or replacements and will add to the efficiency with which your home runs. Here are a few items to keep an eye on that may be slipping under your home-maintenance radar.
There are lots of questions surrounding green home certification programs, but there's one answer that may be better than all the others.
Even with the best level of care, there will come a time when a roof will have to be replaced.
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If you’ve ever rented out or sold a property (or gone on a job interview, met your date’s parents, etc. etc.) you know first impressions count. That’s one of those old sayings that live on as absolutes.
Certifying a home to meet Energy Star requirements, the first step in earning the Zero Energy Ready Home label, is easier with the latest updates.
Consumers and professionals make confident and efficient paint color selections with ColorSnap, an integrated color selection system from Sherwin Williams.
Air-source heat pumps have had a reputation for not being able to provide enough heat for cold weather climates, but a new model can handle long-term sub-zero temperatures.
While residents of California apartment buildings are using less water, it's not enough to meet the required reductions.
With 129 new apartments completed, construction begins on 40 additional apartments as part of the phase-two redevelopment effort at the Boston Housing Authority's Old Colony public housing development.
Hundreds of organizations participated in a unique education and action plan program yielding an average of $316,000 in projected annual recurring cost savings.
Driving an electric vehicle doesn't have to mean compromising on performance, at least with the Tesla Model S P85D version.
A recent outbreak of Legionnaires disease in New York City has contributed to an increased interest among building professionals in the role that duct leakage plays in the spread of the disease.
Window manufacturers have struggled with designs that reduce solar heat gain but also allow visible light into the interior of a home or building.
Builders can shift costs in a building design to where it delivers the most performance with a new wall system from BASF.
Renewable Meter Adapters technology significantly reduces the cost for many customers installing residential rooftop solar.
Dow's STYROFOAM extruded polystyrene foam insulation products in North America have received validation from UL Environment that they contain 20 percent pre-consumer recycled content on average.
Most spray foam applications require the home to be unoccupied for 24 hours to allow VOCs to dissipate, which can slow construction times.
A new apartment building in Innsbruck, Austria was the first of its kind to be certified as a Passive House Plus building.
Whether in new construction or a renovation taking place in a home or hotel, it's easier to install or replace a ventilation fan from below the ceiling.
The next phase for the ReNEWW House is to add net-zero water use in addition to net-zero energy use.
Homes built to the National Green Building Standard from Home Innovation Research Labs are eligible for a variety of incentives for green building certifications.
Homebuilders are responding to interest in the marketplace for smaller yet still high quality, high performance homes.
Home buyers want to feel they’re getting something special at good value, and sellers want the highest possible return on investment.
For residential projects using hydronic heating, a new 95% AFUE boiler offers flexible functionality.
To keep up with demand for commercial solar power projects LG Electronics USA and Borrego Solar Systems Inc. have expanded their collaboration.
A new electric vehicle charging station designed to be easier to install and charge vehicles faster has hit the market.
A new entrant in the high-performance window markets is bringing a European flair to the U.S. market.
Local growers can apply for funding to improve the sustainable food supply chain through Greener Fields Together.
The Make it Right Foundation will continue to use high-performance windows on sustainable homes it builds in New Orleans and other locations across the United States.
Each year, homeowners in the U.S. spend $11 billion on energy costs. Wouldn't it be great to reduce your share of that?
The smart home market is forecast to be a $58.68 billion industry by 2020, with a 17% annual growth rate between 2015 and 2020.
Improve the flow of your bathroom and add some space simply by upgrading a swinging door to a wall mount sliding door.
A minimalist green roof strips away unnecessary elements and focuses on what needs to be there to achieve its desired goals from aesthetics to stormwater management.
Here's a new take on a green home – the green is from the football field of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
To help building professionals understand the value of continuous insulation, Boral launched the “Continuous Insulation and the Path to Sustainability” podcast.
Marvin Windows and Doors has announced the winners of its seventh annual Architects Challenge, the first year the company has honored projects in various segments.
Insulate America, a cooperative group of locally owned, independent insulation contractors for residential and commercial construction, has selected Demilec as a preferred supplier.
An award-winning company itself, David Weekley Homes has been evaluating suppliers for over a decade and honoring the best in class with its prestigious award.
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Calling President Obama’s signature climate change policy both “historic” and “critically needed,” the solar industry issued its strong support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.