Study: Your home may be making you sick

New research in the journal Science of the Total Environment has highlighted the dangerous effects of indoor pollution on human health, and has called for policies to ensure closer monitoring of air quality. European, Australian and UK researchers, led by...

Large sliding door now moves at the touch of a switch (video)

Large sliding doors are finding their way into more residential and commercial projects as people want a greater connection with the outdoors. Marvin Windows and Doors' Ultimate Multi-Slide door has been one of the products that has risen to meet...

Turn any home into a smart home in one second

Smart homes sound intimidating, with lots of wiring and programming to make all the components communicate. Now, a new product, the Switchmate light switch can turn any home into the "One-Second Smart Home." The Switchmate light switch is the first...

Clear the air with home allergy proofing tips (video)

Springtime may usher in mild temperatures and lush landscapes, but for more than 50 million Americans it translates into prime allergy season with sniffling and sneezing in tow. And while many people think they can avoid allergens by staying indoors,...

Five new connected home products make home upkeep easier

Five affordable connected products designed to protect the home and garage, provide peace-of-mind, and save time, energy and money from the Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands are coming to market. "The Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands are part of the...

Rebates pair a smart thermostat and solar power (video)

Homeowners in California and New York take greater control of their electricity costs with rebates that pair a smart thermostat and solar electricity. Smart thermostat maker ecobee Inc. has teamed up with SunPower, a sustainable energy company, to help homeowners...

New green building system saves 70% of energy use

A new integrated system of technologies will produce high-performance homes that reduce homeowners' energy consumption by 70 percent, improve indoor air quality and significantly reduce carbon footprint, according to its founders. Sustainable Holdings Inc. introduced My Eco House, a newly holistic approach to residential green building.

Study: Unhealthy homes cause flu-like symptoms & fatigue

Large numbers of Europeans suffer from health problems and lack of well-being every single day. This is bad for quality of life and is also a likely cause of significant loss of productivity in the economy. A new study conducted...

Proper insulation is one the best eco friendly investments on the market

Most American homes don't have enough insulation, which costs homeowners money and adds to greenhouse gas emissions through greater energy use. The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) reminds consumers that properly insulating their homes is one of the simplest...

Engineered cedar shakes shake up roofing market

What looks like cedar, installs like asphalt, and is made primarily from recycled materials? It’s Ply Gem Roofing Engineered Cedar, new for 2016. The new roofing option is designed from hand-selected, milled cedar shingles, which are laser-engraved into molds. Made...

Integrated solar power system offers seamless operation

Typically home solar power systems have required assembling the components ad hoc, fro panels to racking to fasteners to inverters. EmPower Solar says its new system, the SunPower Equinox, is the first residential solar solution in the nation in which...

Latest National Green Building Standard now available

The ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) received approval from the American National Standards Institute and is available for public use. On April 20 the National Association of Home Builders announced the approval for the latest version of the...

The ABCs of HVAC: A heating and cooling dictionary for homeowners

As with any highly skilled trade, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) contractors and technicians have their own language. They use a variety of terms and concepts that most of us do not deal with on a daily basis.

Tips to fix your leaky faucet (video)

Many people are looking to live a more sustainable lifestyle, but don’t have the resources for large investments such as solar panels or a geothermal heating system. Many people are overwhelmed by the enormous challenges our environment is facing.

New WERS program focuses on water saving building design

The HERS score has become the standard for energy efficiency in homes, and now the WERS score will do the same for water usage. WERS, or Water Efficiency Rating Score, is a performance-based approach to residential water efficiency that takes...

Certified wood products now eligible for LEED credits

Building owners are ready to take advantage of the new U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) opportunity for users of the LEED rating system to earn credit for use of wood products certified under multiple recognized forest certification standards. Spokespersons for...

Do you know the benefits of going solar at home? (infographic)

Solar power has continued to advance in technology over the past decade. It has become more energy efficient and is more cost effective than ever before.

Solar panels do double duty as patio roof

There's more than one way to integrate solar panels into a home's design.

New window film keeps comfort inside, regardless of the weather

More than 30 percent of all the heating and cooling energy used in homes and buildings in the US is due to heat lost or gained through windows.

Looking for an architect? Here's what to ask before hiring

Every architecture firm brings its own combination of skills, expertise, interests and values to its projects.

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