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

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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.

Lindal's history of innovation

Success is often attributed to innovation. Lindal Cedar Homes founder, Sir Walter Lindal, was often considered beyond his years six decades ago as he methodically and creatively incorporated sustainable green initiatives with...

Green Building Consulting Explains the Importance of Ratings and Certifications

Organizations like RESNET and LEED are raising the national standard of high performance homes, so it is important to know that your home is being built up to, or better than, par.

Habitat for Humanity Building High Performance Homes

By showing the world that affordable housing can be high performance, Habitat for Humanity hopes to encourage others to build the same way.

Solar panels convert 60s terraced house into net zero model

Students from Delft University took a 1960s terraced house and turned it into a net-zero home with a new skin that connected solar panels, glass walls and smart technology with the existing structure.

Go behind the walls of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis incorporates a wide variety of advanced building science techniques and products designed to deliver a high-performance home.

Italian home wins first LEED Platinum rating in Europe

Over the expected 100-year life span of the BioCasa 82 home near Treviso, Italy, it is expected to produce 60 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than a traditional building.

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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...

USGBC and ACC to work together on LEED

Two organizations formerly at odds on the future of green buildings standards in the United States will cooperate in a new initiative to ensure the use of a technical and science-based approach to environmentally protective products.

Metal roof selected for LEED home for durability and style

A metal roof in a classic style is part of a new green home project in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

New Oregon construction energy standards will pay off for builders and homeowners

New construction energy standards for Oregon went into effect July 1, 2014 and far exceed the building requirements of the last decade.

Demand for protected lumber soaring as builders seek safer products

Builders looking for products that protect against mold, termites and decay and reduce call backs are starting with the lumber. Eco Building Products, Inc. is treating dimensional framing lumber and panel products from Bridgewell Resources that will be used in...

Hurricane anniversary brings reminder of Fortified Homes

The 22nd anniversary of Hurricane Andrew on August 24 provides a sobering reminder of the destructive power of hurricanes and the damage they can do to communities.

Systems built homes offering features for downsizing retirees

As more baby boomers enter into retirement, many are looking to downsize their living situations as their children leave the nest.

Metal roofing delivers traditional looks with sustainability built in

For the look of traditional shingles with the durability of metal roofing, aluminum metal roofing is gaining in popularity among homeowners and builders.

Check out the latest hot home building products

The PCBC show honored homebuilding's latest and greatest products with the Parade of Products Awards.

Building groups collaborate on green construction code and LEED

Leading building industry groups have agreed to coordinate development of the International Green Construction Code and LEED to offer a comprehensive system of regulatory and voluntary leadership tools for jurisdictions.

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