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Winter home maintenance to get you set for snow

For many homeowners, winter warming costs are the biggest utility expense. When a home is functioning optimally, you can drastically reduce your winter heating costs and mitigate the damaging effects of ice and snow.

Waiting for hot water is costly and wasteful

Think about this. There are approximately 90 million single-family homes in the US where the hot water faucet is turned on to run a minute or two to finally provide hot water. That amounts to 7,000-10,000 gallons of fresh water per year per home.

Geothermal pays off (literally) for homeowners

Homeowners are always looking for ways to save money. One of the most effective ways to do so is through the use of geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Whole-house ventilation strategies boost indoor air quality

Adequate ventilation can improve indoor air quality by removing airborne irritants, pollutants and lowering the likelihood of mold and mildew.

HEPA vs. MERV

If you're looking for an air filter for your home, it can get confusing quickly. You'll come across both MERV and HEPA rated filters. It's hard to know which one you might need.

Green planning expertise and knowledge of local regs are critical

The Lindal Cedar Homes independent dealer in your area has been extensively trained with not only construction requirements. He or she has been trained to suggest the latest energy efficient technologies and include...

Midwest market for high performance homes beginning to soar

At the Proud Green Home of St. Louis Muddy Boots tour in September, Steve Loos, staff vice president of Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri, discussed the growing market for high performance homes in the region.

Radiant floor heating heats up home comfort

Radiant floor heating is becoming more popular as homeowners and builders look for energy efficient heating options that also deliver good indoor air quality.

STEP Warmfloor's radiant heat system a part of the Net Zero Zone at Greenbuild

STEP Warmfloor is proud to be exhibiting and participating with Emerge Alliance in the word’s first net-zero exhibition space at the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

High performance home market growing in St Louis

The recent Muddy Boots tour of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis drew many interested people from the area to view the high performance home in progress.

Simple home water conservation practices really add up

Most of us have grown up with “limitless” water. You turn on the faucet and it is always right there. But as we have seen in the drought-stricken SW United States and as far as northern California water has become a critical commodity.

Grow Community blooms with solar power and intergenerational design

The 8-acre Grow Community is the largest planned solar community in Washington state, with ultra-efficient, net-zero energy homes, neighborhood gardens and green spaces, healthy transportation options and other sustainable features.

Whole house well water filtration systems

Whole house filters can remove heavy metals like lead and mercury, organic chemicals like herbicides, pesticides and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) commonly found in agricultural areas where well water systems exist.

What it takes to design and build energy efficient homes

If you are considering building a new Lindal Cedar Home then you have already realized the unique, contemporary design history of Lindal and how your personality and dreams are incorporated in the design.

Pre-drywall update from the Proud Green Home of St Louis

Most homes don't host visitors before they're finished, but the Proud Green Home of St. Louis had a two-day open house to display the building science that will soon be covered up by dry wall.

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Zero Energy Building construction moving to mainstream

Despite short-term price fluctuations, energy costs will continue to rise over the long term, driving greater interest in building that produce as much or more energy as they consume.

Solar PV efficiency forecast to grow in next 5 years

Opportunities exist for a variety of solar PV technologies to gain in the marketplace, and overall panel power ratings will continue strong upward growth trends.

Take steps to living green with new carbon footprint calculator

The art of calculating and managing your carbon footprint just got easier.

First LEED v4 Platinum home will go to New Orleans neighborhood

Aiming to be the first LEED v4 Platinum home, and created in collaboration with LivingHomes, Make It Right and the International Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Insititute, the home will be presented to Make It Right Foundation for placement in...

PACE financing drives efficiency and renewable energy adoption across the US

Five years ago, the Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE program was launched to make it easier for property owners to complete energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects that make buildings more valuable and sustainable.

How to choose a new heating and air conditioning system

Advances in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment that offers higher efficiencies, increased comfort and improved indoor air quality make a new system an attractive alternative to an aging, inefficient system, especially one that is experiencing problems.

New York City to cut carbon emissions with Passive House standards

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new plan to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from city buildings by 2050 relies on Passive House as a guiding standard for new construction and existing building renovation.

New kitchen faucet designed for filtered water

According to Moen consumer research, 38 percent of individuals looking to remodel their kitchen in the next 12 months have an interest in purchasing a filtered water dispenser.

US businesses saving with solar heating and cooling systems

With projected savings in some cases as high as $1.5 million,a report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association demonstrates the many benefits achieved by utilizing innovative solar and heating cooling systems on U.S. businesses and commercial buildings.

Tips to save energy and resources as the seasons change

Whether it's the air conditioning, heat, hot water or lighting, there are always ways to save money on utility bills.

Turn your walls into art with zero VOC chalkboard paint

Kids love to draw on the walls, so it makes sense to give them a place to do that that won't cause damage.

Get ready for storm season with the right generator (infographic)

Whether hurricanes, blizzards, typhoons, or tornadoes and electrical storms, there is nothing worse than being without power for long periods of time.

Gas cooktops bring pro level cooking to the home kitchen

Just like the sharp lines of a Jaguar catch the eye an auto aficionado, six new gas cooktops will raise the pulse of a foodie looking for a new experience.

Solar tracker boosts home PV output by 40%

Homeowners Steve and Wendy Rogers wanted to get the most out of the solar panels system they were installing on their Escondido, California home. So they added a solar tracker system that will ensure their solar panels produce as much energy as possible.

Natural gas back up option takes solar water heater off the grid

For homeowners looking for water heating that will work without a connection to the power grid, a solar hybrid water heating system with natural gas back up may be the answer.

Solar panel financing fund makes green energy more accessible

Even as the price of solar panels drops, financing remains a barrier to many homeowners who want to adopt renewable energy. There are solar leasing and power purchase agreement systems, but many people prefer to own their solar panels and related equipment.

Kids can get creative with Green Living art contest

To help foster creative ways of thinking about living an environmentally responsible life, Bosch Thermotechnology has launched the Green Living Children’s Art, Photography and Creative Writing Contest.

Insulation manufacturers use 2 billion lbs of recycled materials

Insulation manufacturers used more than 2 billion pounds of pre-and post-consumer recycled materials last year in insulation and acoustical products, according to a recent survey. The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) surveyed members on their use of use of...

Communities worldwide join USGBC’s Green Apple Day of Service

The third annual Green Apple Day of Service, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, brought together hundreds of thousands of volunteers participating in 3,760 service projects in all 50 states and in 42 countries throughout the world.

Solar power could be the largest electricity source by 2050

Calling for “clear, credible and consistent signals from policy makers,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Sept. 29, 2014, released two reports saying solar could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050.

Huge disparities across Californian cities impact solar power adoption

Even though California has the most residential solar installations in the U.S., cities across California have different permitting fees and wait times, making the experience of switching to solar vary drastically across the state.

Stop construction dust for better indoor air quality during remodeling

One of the top complaints contractors hear during a remodeling project is about the dust that comes with it. Drywall dust, saw dust, fumes and other byproducts of home construction can make the home uncomfortable for those living there, both during and after the project.

Water heaters may be the answer for renewable energy storage

Storage has long been one of the challenges for managing grid-scale renewable energy, but the answer maybe hiding in every home in the country.

Smart thermostat manages comfort in multiple rooms

Take control of your home comfort with a smart thermostat that can manage heating and cooling in multiple rooms.

Systems built homes deliver faster building times and high performance

Traditional stick-built framing methods are being replaced by engineered building systems that deliver faster building times, tighter building envelopes and higher home owner satisfaction. Factory built, insulated panelized walls allow a home builder to frame a home in less than a day.

Replacement windows available in casement and awning styles

Casement and awning style windows are considered some of the most energy-saving types on the market, but there have been few options for replacement or insert windows.

Zehnder America introduces US-made HRV/ERV components

Zehnder America starts local sourcing initiative using American manufacturing for its new ComfoFlex ducting and register boxes.

Data shows energy efficiency pays off for multifamily housing operator

Jamboree Housing Corporation reports that, based on an internal review of its 2013 operating expenses, the combination of energy efficient design and advanced construction techniques used in its newer developments does, in fact, reduce utility costs.

LED bulb replaces 100-watt incandescent and lasts up to 22 years

GE Lighting’s 100-watt replacement ENERGY STAR-qualified LED was the first to achieve 100 lumens per watt, making it the most efficient bulb of this kind.

New Passive House Standard will debut in 2015

Renewable resources will be part of the new Passive House Standards introduced by Dr. Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passive House Institute of Darmstadt, Germany, The North American Passive House Network said.

How to choose low-VOC paints with great colors for your home

Shoppers should also be wary of relying on past experience to pick a paint, as brands frequently reformulate from year to year, changing the performance of the paint.

USGBC names 2014 Best of Buildings awards


The Best of Building Awards celebrate the year’s best products, projects, organizations and individuals making an impact in green building.

Prefab builder delivers first net-zero home

A sustainability minded university professor chose a new prefab home design for a net zero home in Maryland.

Home makeover winners choosing Certainteed exterior products (video)

The Bielfelt family of Mentor, Ohio, is remodeling their 100-year-old home after winning the 2013 Living Spaces Facebook Home Makeover Video Contest from CertainTeed.

Most homeowners want smart homes but want to do it themselves

More than 70 percent of smart phone users in America just wish they could control something in their home from their mobile device without getting out of bed.

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