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Materials transparency takes center stage at Greenbuild 2014

At Greenbuild 2014, one of the hot topics was materials transparency as part of LEED v4 that launched last year.

Radiant floor heating heats up home comfort

Radiant floor heating is becoming more popular as homeowners and builders look for energy efficient heating options that also deliver good indoor air quality.

Grow Community blooms with solar power and intergenerational design

The 8-acre Grow Community is the largest planned solar community in Washington state, with ultra-efficient, net-zero energy homes, neighborhood gardens and green spaces, healthy transportation options and other sustainable features.

Pre-drywall update from the Proud Green Home of St Louis

Most homes don't host visitors before they're finished, but the Proud Green Home of St. Louis had a two-day open house to display the building science that will soon be covered up by dry wall.

Insulation projects are easier with engineered foam panels

At the 2014 Energy & Environmental Building Alliance Conference and Expo, Dean Seibert, vice president of sales for InSoFast, demonstrates the foam panels that make do-it-yourself and whole-house insulation projects a snap.

Environments for Living offers green building with a guarantee

To make it easier for builders to offer high performance homes, the Environments for Living program provides a roadmap for green building.

DOE building resources for Zero Energy Ready Homes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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USGBC extends LEED 2009 deadline

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that it will allow LEED users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016.

Architects: durability is the most important aspect of green building products

Durability is the most important characteristic associated with building products in general and “green” building products in particular, according to the findings of a blind survey of U.S. architects commissioned by PPG Industries.

Zero Energy Building construction moving to mainstream

Despite short-term price fluctuations, energy costs will continue to rise over the long term, driving greater interest in building that produce as much or more energy as they consume.

First LEED v4 Platinum home will go to New Orleans neighborhood

Aiming to be the first LEED v4 Platinum home, and created in collaboration with LivingHomes, Make It Right and the International Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Insititute, the home will be presented to Make It Right Foundation for placement in...

PACE financing drives efficiency and renewable energy adoption across the US

Five years ago, the Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE program was launched to make it easier for property owners to complete energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects that make buildings more valuable and sustainable.

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.

New Passive House Standard will debut in 2015

Renewable resources will be part of the new Passive House Standards introduced by Dr. Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passive House Institute of Darmstadt, Germany, The North American Passive House Network said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Learn about the many certifications and accreditations that are available in the green home market, including USGBC LEED, Energy Star, Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology (PATH), Cradle to Cradle (C2C), Greenguard, Green Seal and more.