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.

Solar panel quality assurance takes the guesswork out of generating electricity at home

For homeowners wary of solar panel and inverter quality, one solar provider launched a quality assurance program to give consumers peace of mind.

Smart sprinklers grow green grass and save water

A new digitally controlled lawn irrigation system adapted ink-jet printing technology to apply the right amount of water in the right places to reduce water use by up to 50 percent.

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