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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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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.
For building professionals faced with challenging environments, defensive building may the answer to fight decay, insects and mold.
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.
Recent research shows multifamily housing often lacks energy efficient features, but some developers are making a difference for low-income families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Luxury apartments on Roosevelt Island in New York City underwent a $7.4 million green retrofit, thanks to government financing and incentives.
For decades, home building systems have provided home owners a wide variety of benefits and features over traditional stick-built homes.
On July 1, updated building standards designed to get more energy savings from new and existing residential and nonresidential buildings took effect in California.
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...
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.
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.
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One of the key features in a Passive House design is the high-performance windows. But Not just any old windows will do.