Solar Decathlon 2015 kicks off with 14 teams building high performance homes

Collegiate teams involving hundreds of students from around the world have assembled at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif., to showcase their highly energy-efficient, solar-powered houses for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015.

If you are in an area with snow and ice, you will definitely want STEP Mat®

This falls in to the why-hasn’t-this-been-around-forever category.

One step you can take to have a quieter more comfortable home

Your home should be a refuge from the hustle of daily life – but a home without enough insulation may mean your home is noisier than it has to be.

Gutter problems

Problems with the gutters on a home can create major headaches for any homeowner. Taking proper care of the gutters from installation to seasonal cleanings is important in maintaining the integrity of your home against water damage.

Disadvantages of keeping an old water heater

Most people in the U.S. don’t pay attention to their old-fashioned water heaters even though they can have expensive costs. For the most part it is easier to just ignore the water heater and not worry until it breaks down and needs constant repairs.

Thinking about solar water heating?

Depending on where you live, you can heat water with the power of the sun. On average heating water accounts for about 20 percent of a home's energy costs. So solar power could help you save money each month.

Brick and stone deliver durability and indoor air quality for Proud Green Home of St Louis

For the family moving into the Proud Green Home of St. Louis, indoor air quality was a high priority.

Flat roof on a weeHouse

While it may appear flat, the hipped roof of the weeHouse contains a 1/4” per foot slope. Many weeHouses have been built in areas susceptible to high snow loads, however, in areas where the snow load is of crucial concern a pitched roof may be advised.

The trend toward healthy includes your home

Creating healthier living spaces is paramount for informed consumers.

Do programmable thermostats really save money?

Programmable thermostats do have the potential to save the homeowner money, but they can also cost more. The secret to success is the way in which you use them.

High performance home insights

I was recently interviewed by MoonworksHome as part of their Expert Interview program.

Design and construction strategies for high performance homes

If you're looking for the best place to start to make a home high performance, it's before the first stake is planted at the site. Here are some tips to use to develop a holistic approach that takes into account the site, the sun, climate, and the lifestyle of the homeowners as well as the layout of the home.

Modern high performance homes open for San Diego tour (photos)

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a handful of modern homes in the San Diego area that exemplify modern architecture and living.

5-Star Built Green certified live/work space opens in Seattle (photos)

The Live/Work is the ultimate in green lifestyle - work where you live.

How to remodel your home for better energy efficiency

How would you like to remodel your home and save up to 25 percent on your heating and cooling costs with one step? It's not a trick question – it's entirely possible with continuous insulation.

3D printed concept home could change pre-fab housing market (video)

A 3-D printed home borrowed some traditional modular home concepts to demonstrate advancements in energy management.

Radiant floor heating warms the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

There's nothing like stepping on a warm floor when you get out of bed or the bath.

Smart thermostat is the center of a connected home

As homes get smarter, there’s a greater integration with mobile devices and appliances to improve comfort and reduce energy use.

Lighting, lighting on the wall – which is prettiest of them all?

Trying to find the right light bulb is a mind-bender on the order of finishing a Rubik’s cube.

Central Vacuums Remove Allergy and Asthma Triggers from Your Home

According to the CDC, there are 10 million children and 18 millions adults that suffer from asthma in the U.S.

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