Millennials altering American dream of home ownership

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Changing homebuyer demographics are altering the housing market with more emphasis on multi-family residences compared to single family homes.

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Net zero ready homes use unique geothermal solution

A new net-zero-ready home development uses a cost-effective approach to deliver domestic drinking water and geothermal heating and cooling.

Kohler launches EPDs for product transparency

EPDs are developed by manufacturers based on life cycle inventories and provide quantitative, third-party-certified details of a product's projected environmental impact from cradle to grave.

Foundation insulation seals the thermal envelope for the Proud Green Home of St Louis

A high performance home starts with a tight building envelope, and that includes the foundation.

Energy heel trusses make room for attic insulation

Most homes don't have enough insulation in the attic near the eaves, but a new truss design can make that problem go away. As this video with green building consultant Matt Belcher, principal with Verdatek Solutions and director of the...

Building terms explained: Compliant vs. Certified

When choosing your building material, ensure that you get products that are compliant. If products are not certified, this may just be the way the code is structured and is not a case of the manufacturer hiding something.

Zero Energy Ready ICF home wins building awards

A coastal colonial-style home built with insulated concrete forms earned multiple awards for building excellence and performance.

Insulation surrounds the building envelope for the Proud Green Home of St Louis

Builder Kim Hibbs, president of Hibbs Homes, reviews the role that insulation from Dow Building Solutions will play in the energy-efficiency of the home.

Stone wool insulation delivers sustainability and resiliency

Stone wool insulation offers a combination of sustainability in production in the built environment as well as a high level of resiliency.

A superior subfloor for the Proud Green Home of St Louis

Along with the walls and framing, a very important element in a high performance home is the subfloor system and the sheathing used.

LEED v4 puts emphasis on life cycle assessment of building products

As LEED v4 goes into effect, builders and consultants will have to incorporate the additional focus on materials credits for the environmental impact of products that go into a building.

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High tech cooling mirror beams heat into space

Scientists at Stanford have developed a passive radiator system that lowers the temperature of anything it's placed on.

Do you know how healthy your home is?

While 60 percent of homeowners rate their homes as “healthy,” more than one in four are uncertain of major health hazards both indoors and outside of their homes.

Prefab concrete walls could lower price of green building for Habitat for Humanity

As Habitat for Humanity and other affordable homebuilders look for ways to go green and stay on budget, a new concrete wall system could be the answer.

2015 roofing trends gravitating to gray

Keep an eye out for gray taking the spotlight as the color of choice in 2015 as homeowners remodel and upgrade their homes.

Chicago boosts energy saving programs for apartment buildings

Apartment buildings in Chicago will be eligible for energy-efficiency improvements designed to save energy and cut costs for building owners and tenants.

Improving economy may lead consumers off the green path

Green attitudes are gaining ground, but green purchases and behaviors are stagnant or heading south. And the economy may be the culprit.

Tiny house gets modern design flair

Tiny houses come in all shapes and sizes, and a new line offers a modernist look and sustainable building practices.

Energy-efficient home trends for 2015 and beyond

One of the top trends driving today’s housing market is the demand for energy-efficient homes that don’t sacrifice comfort for quality.

10 technologies to transform the world in 2015

While a world of clean and affordable energy, abundant freshwater, 3D printed houses or worldwide high-speed Internet access won't miraculously appear by the end of 2015, it is the beginning of a better future.

Utility rate hikes make generating electricity at home a smart move

Annual utility rate increases lead many homeowners to consider switching to a renewable source of energy.

UK study: green homes sell faster and for more money

Energy-efficient homes in Scotland are on the market less time and draw a higher selling price compared to less efficient homes, according to a study of more than 10,000 property sales.

Take a look at the benefits of spray foam insulation

For homeowners that are concerned about whether or not their home is energy efficient, a new infographic can help them make an educated choice.

Defensive building products expanding with Jersey Shore rebuild

As the weather takes a turn for the worse, unprotected lumber on building sites is vulnerable to moisture-related problems.

Insulator kit creates instant storm window to block winter chill

Anyone with beautiful, functional but perhaps drafty windows can have an economical sealing solution without having to replace them.

6 tips for overcoming high energy and propane prices

A frigid and snowy start to 2014 drove up the cost of propane as demand increased and the weather interrupted supply lines.

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