A superior subfloor for the Proud Green Home of St Louis

Along with the walls and framing, a very important element in a high performance home is the subfloor system and the sheathing used.

Fight wildfire season

As California, Colorado, Arizona and other western states approach the end of the 2014 wildfire season, higher fire risk looks to be a fact of life.

Use daylighting in your home without the heat gain

Using daylight in your home is a great way to cut down on your electricity bill, but this can be offset by solar heat gain.

LEED v4 puts emphasis on life cycle assessment of building products

As LEED v4 goes into effect, builders and consultants will have to incorporate the additional focus on materials credits for the environmental impact of products that go into a building.

TOTO launches app to calculate returns on green product investments

A new app from TOTO provides consumers and professionals with the ability to calculate their green product purchases' return on investment and return on environment in a matter of minutes.

How do I reduce airborne allergens in my home?

The air inside of your home may be as much as five times more polluted than the air outside, posing serious health risks. Danny Lipford, Home Improvement Expert, explains the importance of proper ventilation. A balanced ventilation system equalizes air pressure and removes stale air from your home.

Deep green remodel relies on mini splits for comfort and energy savings

When TV design stars Cortney and Bob Novogratz tackled the renovation Los Angeles-area bungalow, heating and cooling were on the top of the list.

Code compliance drives home ventilation performance

As building codes evolve to require verified performance, it's becoming more important for homebuilders and contractors to understand ventilation design so they can avoid costly mistakes.

Intro to heat pump hot water systems

These pumps are able to extract energy from the surrounding air and transfer it to the water in the tank.

Ductless mini-split heat pumps

These are an excellent choice as a retrofit to older homes which have non-ducted heating systems. These include homes with hydrontic heating systems, space heaters or radiant panel heaters.

Moisture management ensures durability for Proud Green Home of St. Louis

Air and water will find their way into any building. But smart builders provide a path that reduces the opportunity for damage to the other parts of the structure.

Roof de-icing saves northern homes from costly damage

If you live north of that intangible line where the winter months change from chilly to extremely cold you know what ice buildup on roofs is all about. Ice dams are formed by a couple of common elements in cold climates: snow and heat loss.

What is poly-ash?

Ideal for exterior trim and siding applications, the poly-ash structure consists of more than 70 percent recycled or rapidly renewable materials...

IAQ at gyms can turn treadmill to dreadmill

I don’t know about you, but when the temperature is too cold outside, the last thing I want to do is exercise in it. The air burns the lungs.

Automated windows shades win the battle against the sun

With the right windows, sunlight can be transformed from problem into an asset by designing windows to manage heat and light.

Your eco-friendly garage checklist

Did you know that a three-car garage is as big as the average American home in the 1950s?

New geothermal technology boosts HVAC energy savings

At Greenbuild 2014, Brian Urlaub, commercial sales manager for Enertech Global, introduced the company's new high performance geothermal heat pump.

Supercharged heat pumps nearly ready for cold climates

New technology under development with the Department of Energy could supercharge heat pumps for better cold-climate performance by 2015.

My demand control pump experience

As publisher of ProudGreenHome.com, I'm fortunate to be able to interact directly with some of the best and brightest people in the green building movement.

Is reverse osmosis water filtration good for home use?

Originally developed for large quantities of water in industrial and commercial use, especially for the removal of salt from salt water, reverse osmosis water filtration has become common in homes across the US. But is it right for home use?

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