UK study: green homes sell faster and for more money

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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.

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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.

Look at green building cost over whole life cycle

Does building a high performance home pay off?

Saint Gobain builds sustainability into new office space

Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, will incorporate some of its green building products in the renovated corporate headquarters building it will lease.

How to boost your LEED score using decorative concrete

Learn about five ways you can use decorative concrete to improve both the beauty and sustainability of your next building project

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.

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RESNET policies improve consistency of HERS Index Scores

As more homebuilders and buyers come to value the RESNET HERS Index Score, new policies will make the score a more powerful tool.

First existing multifamily housing earns Energy Star certification

EPA recognized 17 apartment and condo buildings across the country for leading the industry in reducing energy use, increasing affordability, protecting public health, and combating climate change.

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...

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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.