GM supports a Detroit shipping container homestead project

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Detroit's first occupied shipping container homestead will be constructed of 85 percent scrap materials donated by General Motors.

FEATURES


Controlling against moisture damage for wall sheathing

Moisture can cause many structural problems and create a very unhealthy home for your family when mold and mildew begin to form. Building a home that deals effectively with moisture requires...

Use Honda Smart Home designs in your green home project

After making its Smart Home a reality, Honda opened up access to designs and blueprints to make building your own smart home that much easier.

Couple uses geothermal to stay within budget and build dream home

David and Laura Grisar had big visions and a big budget for their dream home, but the anticipated hefty price tag for heating and cooling the 6,500-square-foot structure derailed their dream. Their architect and general contractor had a solution...

Lindal Cedar Home’s use of premium materials

There are many reasons why Lindal Cedar Homes has been the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of custom cedar homes, but one main reason is...

One solution for six green-building standards and ratings

If you want the home you’re building to meet one of the six major rating systems or standards for green building, there is one product that will help you make the grade.

ICFs are ideal for FEMA storm shelters and safe rooms

Not everyone can build their entire house of insulated concrete forms (ICFs), so instead adding a storm shelter to the existing house or structure can be the difference between...

Environmental considerations for each building site

Long before “organic” was vogue, famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright said, “Let nature be part of your home and work with local materials to form...

Green construction strategies for the best in building envelopes

When a homeowner or building professional searches for building products, there are many ways to go green. In addition to energy-saving options look for products with green attributes throughout the lifecycle of a product.

Prefab house book gives global perspective on green building phenomenon

For anyone considering a green home project, take time out to consider the fast-growing world of prefab and systems built homes. With her new book Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes around the Globe, author Sheri Koones opens the door on this global phenomenon.

Remote Montana ranch installs geothermal system, minimizes disturbance to landscape

When Energy 1, a build and design firm, looked to bring energy efficiency to a remote Montana ranch, the company had to do so in such a way as not to disturb the pristine landscape and environmental richness of the area.

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NEWS


Defensive builders use engineered wood to fight insects and mold

For building professionals faced with challenging environments, defensive building may the answer to fight decay, insects and mold.

Modular home company rolls out floor plans for Tiny House designs

Consumers are realizing that buying larger homes requires taking out a larger mortgage and straining the daily budget. Tiny houses are a solution to this problem because they offer budget flexibility and simple, efficient layouts.

Multifamily housing often wastes energy without green investment

Recent research shows multifamily housing often lacks energy efficient features, but some developers are making a difference for low-income families.

A simple solution for a hot home

In hot months, attic ventilation is important for two reasons: 1) it keeps your attic cool by eliminating heat buildup and 2) it prolongs the life of your roof by preventing early failure of roof materials.

Home Innovation Research Labs recognizes NGBS Green Partners of Excellence

Green building is a growing part of the residential construction industry, and Home Innovation Research Labs recognized 30 NGBS Green Partners for their outstanding contributions to advancing green building in their communities.

Consumer confidence up, but housing market not yet back to normal

Although consumer confidence in the housing market has trended upward during the recovery, it's less than what's needed to return to "normal" housing levels, according to results from Fannie Mae's June 2014 National Housing Survey.

More California towns saving water and energy with HERO program

To help residents combat the ongoing drought and reduce energy use, 24 additional California communities launched the HERO program that allows homeowners to pay for qualifiying home improvements through their property tax bill.

Builders turning to SIPs for better home performance

As homebuilders are challenged to meet increasingly stringent energy codes imposed by cities and counties, they're turning to an alternative to conventional stick-built construction.

Green retrofits will save millions for NYC multifamily complex

Luxury apartments on Roosevelt Island in New York City underwent a $7.4 million green retrofit, thanks to government financing and incentives.

Is a systems built home right for you?

For decades, home building systems have provided home owners a wide variety of benefits and features over traditional stick-built homes.

New California building codes will cut residential energy use by 25% and save water

On July 1, updated building standards designed to get more energy savings from new and existing residential and nonresidential buildings took effect in California.

Timber home builder adopts Passive House approach

Long- time timber home builder New Energy Works will include Passive House principals in the design and construction phases of new homes. Brad Hall, construction project manager at New Energy Works, recently became certified in Passive House Basics with a...

Tiny house designed as a net zero demonstration seeking funds

The nonprofit Nexus Energy Center launched the "TRES (Tiny, Renewable and Environmentally Sustainable) Project: The Greenest Tiny Home in Alabama" campaign on Indiegogo.com to raise funds for the project.

4 reasons you're wrong for not considering vinyl siding for your green home

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, vinyl siding was used on nearly 30 percent of all new homes built in 2012, more than any other cladding material.

Euro-style windows gain Passive House certification

One of the key features in a Passive House design is the high-performance windows. But Not just any old windows will do.

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