Production builder uses green demonstration homes for R&D

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KB Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the United States, uses its high performance demonstration homes to refine the building practices and technologies that find their way into production homes.

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California builders adapt to water conservation regulations

Homebuilders in California are adapting to strict water conservation regulations to ensure homeowners and local water districts don't violate the rules.

5 places to invest in energy savings in your home

While it's true that some homes that meet green building certifications might cost up to 10% to 15% more in upfront costs, it's critical take into account the total cost of owning and living in the home.

Energy Star appliances offer style and energy savings

Energy efficient appliances can help cut costs and deliver high performance in the home.

Energy Star rated dishwashers clean quietly

Research shows that noise is the top factor for consumers when choosing a dishwasher.

Green tech for your home: saving energy and money

Being a “green” homeowner means buying less, reusing more, and making do with what the Earth gives us - recognizing both its limitations and our own.

Small generators help homeowners weather big storms

As damaging storms and power outages become more common, more homeowners are looking for a standby power solution.

5 green upgrades you should consider for your home

More and more people realize that preserving the environment of our planet is to a large degree a personal cause.

Cut greenhouse gas emissions with propane appliances

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, residential use accounts for more than one-fifth of the nation’s total energy consumption.

Residential housing market gains driving HVAC market growth

The economic downturn has changed the nature of residential building and the market for residential and commercial HVAC systems.

Proud Green Home of St Louis opens its doors

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis opened its doors, celebrating the completion of this high performance home.

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Whirlpool, Kohler focus on water use at the ReNEWW House

The next phase for the ReNEWW House is to add net-zero water use in addition to net-zero energy use.

How to Boost the Resale Value of Your Home

Home buyers want to feel they’re getting something special at good value, and sellers want the highest possible return on investment.

Smart home market set to boom by 2020

The smart home market is forecast to be a $58.68 billion industry by 2020, with a 17% annual growth rate between 2015 and 2020.

Tips for keeping your home cool in the summer heat

The good news is there are things you can do to control summer energy costs.

Top 11 ways to add value to your home

With the real estate marketing heating up, it may be a good time to invest in making your home more desirable.

Mixed-use apartment complex aims for LEED Platinum

A new LEED Platinum-designed apartment building will create some of the most sustainable, livable, and innovative mixed-use buildings in the Pacific Northwest.

Top home technology for 2015

From interactive cooktops, to hologram entertainment the home of the future is fast becoming a reality.

Residential remodeling nearing full recovery after downturn

A key measure of home remodeling activity shows twelve quarters of gains since the remodeling industry bottomed out in 2011.

Home products honored for innovations in high performance building

At the 2015 PCBC, the largest homebuilding trade show representing the west coast region 18 products were named to the Parade of Products Awards.

Multi-door refrigerator saves energy and keeps food fresh

A five-compartment refrigerator from KitchenAid helps reduce energy use and preserves food better.

Utilities use smart thermostats for demand control

One Oklahoma utility is using smart thermostats to manage electrical demand to avoid building new fossil fuel power plants.

Sign up to win HGTV Smart Home 2015

The modern Austin farmhouse is in keeping with the city’s “Imagine Austin” development plan and the McMansion ordinance that limits the size and configuration of new homes in central Austin.

Do you make these mistakes that drive home-energy bills through the roof?

Small problems can add up to big energy bills if you don't take care of them right away.

My Green Kitchen: Where Style & Sustainability Go Hand-in-Hand

A behind-the-scenes account of designing and building an award-winning green home.

Oak Ridge Lab working on energy saving refrigerator

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are designing a refrigerator that could cut energy use by up to 40 percent compared with current models.

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Energy-efficient appliances are a must-have in any green home. New energy-saving appliances are introduced to the market almost daily. Learn which appliances might be right for you.