DOE building resources for Zero Energy Ready Homes

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At the 2014 Energy & Environmental Building Alliance Conference & Expo, Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect of the DOE's Building Technologies Office, discussed some of the changes in the agency's programs for home builders.

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Proud Green Home at Serenbe wins DOE Housing Innovation Award

The Proud Green Home at Serenbe was named a Housing Innovation Award winner by the U.S. Department of Energy during the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance’s Excellence in Building Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

More affordable green home plans coming to market

As environmentally friendly, “green” homes become a larger part of the homebuilding landscape, San Francisco-based Houseplans.com, is helping bring that trend to life.

Open house for the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

Before the drywall goes up and this green home's high performance systems are hidden, go behind the scenes of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis.

Houston modern homes open their doors

Visitors can get the inside scoop from homeowners on what it’s like to live in a modern home, and talk to the architects to find out where they got their inspiration.

Old building habits die hard

A builder called today upset that he had been supplied OSB that was the wrong size. They measured 47 7/8” x 95 7/8” and should be 48”x96”. This “manufacturing defect” was going to cost him a lot of money to correct...

Green builders collaborate to build high performance home

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis is under construction to deliver sustainable benefits to its owners and to educate and inspire building professionals and consumers about the benefits of building and living green.

Long term benefits of using green materials for deck building

Building an entirely green deck can be a challenge. We want our decks to last long, without frequent maintenance requirements.

Deep green remodel will be a living laboratory for Purdue

A deep green rebuild of a 1920s vintage Craftsman home demonstrates that existing housing stock can be transformed into a net-zero energy, water and waste high performance home.

High performance flashing safeguards against moisture in the Proud Green Home

The envelope of the Proud Green Home St Louis is designed and constructed to guarantee that the home will not only resist weather but perform effectively and efficiently.

Duct leakage costs you twice

Duct leaks are insidious and are one of the three biggest energy wasters in most homes.

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NEWS


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.

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.

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.

Solar power makes show home shine

The $7 million Coastal Living Showhouse features a solar power system that could offset 60 percent of the home's energy needs

Open source ecology drives self-sufficient tiny house

A demonstration micro house built with open source machinery and technology will be energy self-sufficient.

First Maine Net Positive house will also earn Passive House rating

The Viridescent House, the first net-positive building in Maine, will actually produce twice as much energy as it uses.

Builders learning the value of defensive building with coated lumber

After suffering damage, homes are often rebuilt in the same way, still susceptible to the same problems. But that's changing with the growth of defensive building.

A new efficiency score for apartments guides energy saving strategy

Multi-family building owners have a new tool to track an apartment building's energy use. WegoWise, a building intelligence provider, today launched a new rating for apartment building performance: WegoScore. This simple numerical assessment provides a clear snapshot of a building's...

Active House serves as model for comfortable and sustainable living

Active House USA, a custom sustainable home in the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves, Missouri, combines leading sustainability and high performance building practices from around the world. This prototype home defines the next generation of sustainable home building in...

RESNET Home Builder Challenge returns

High performance home builders once again can compete for awards in the 2015 RESNET Cross Border Home Builder Challenge. Steve Baden, executive director of Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), and John Godden, president of the Canadian counterpart CRESNET, recently announced...

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