Top 6 questions you should ask before buying a green home

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Buying a green home can be more complicated, so here are some questions you should ask to make the transaction go smoothly.

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New home quality mark designed to battle fuel poverty in the UK

Homes in Britain are among the oldest in Europe, and the cost of heating properties that leak heat is leading to fuel poverty for many residents.

Florida LEED Platinum Home features impact resistant windows and doors

Moreland on Trapp, a beautiful, architectural dream of a home located in Miami, Fla., recently earned LEED Platinum for Homes status, due in part to the use of high-performance windows and doors throughout the structure.

Water heater regulations reshape the product landscape

New standards for water heaters will force changes on homeowners, builders and plumbing contractors while saving tons of carbon dioxide emissions and energy at the same time.

Insulated house wrap tackles continuous insulation requirements

Continuous insulation and tougher wall insulation requirements are part of the new building codes, and building professionals are looking for ways to meet the challenge.

Fiberglass windows deliver energy savings for Proud Green Home of St Louis

As part of the building strategy to a tight building envelope, high performance windows play a key role in the Proud Green Home of St. Louis.

Sustainable timber product used to create carbon negative window frames

Made with Accsys Technologies’ proprietary acetylation process, Accoya wood has Class 1 durability, is guaranteed for 25 years and has dimensional stability that sees swelling and shrinkage reduced by 75%.

Proud Green Home of St Louis opens its doors

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis opened its doors, celebrating the completion of this high performance home.

Bioreactor filtration system treats waste water to highest standards

For residential and commercial building projects looking to save water, a wastewater treatment system delivers water clean enough to be discharged into waterways or used for other purposes.

Gypsum manufacturer uses excess heat from electrical plant to fire kilns

For building professionals concerned about embedded carbon footprint, gypsum board made at the mine site could be an answer.

Knauf launches EPD for pipe insulation

With an Environmental Product Declaration, Knauf's pipe insulation can now contribute LEED points to a project.

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NEWS


RESNET developing Water Efficiency Rating for homes

The WER index will offer a rating system for water efficiency similar to the HERS Index for energy efficiency for homes.

Modular senior housing communities win LEED Platinum

Two Elite Care senior living communities using modular construction were certified as LEED Platinum.

LEED recognizes Living Building Challenge requirements

The U.S. Green Building Council will now recognize energy and water requirements from the Living Building Challenge (the Challenge) green building system within the LEED green building program.

Top homes named in Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge

The fifth annual CT Zero Energy Challenge featured 11 new homes from across the state exemplifying high-efficiency design that best utilized innovative building techniques and new technology intended to lower energy use to near- or net-zero.

More new homes offer efficiency & sustainable features

Surveys indicate that efficiency is among the most-wanted features of home buyers and that builders are responding to this demand.

Modular home manufacturer earns environmental certification

Homebuyers looking for an affordable green modular home should look for ISO 140001 certification – and there's only one U.S. manufacturer that has it.

Green building project uses humidity data loggers to train students

Students in a residential energy technology program are using temperature/humidity loggers to scientifically track green building practices.

Green homes still troubling for real estate appraisers

One of the roadblocks to valuing high performance homes is to reflect the lower utility costs and durability of a home in the appraisal.

Pilot program takes energy efficient homes to the next level

An innovative home performance pilot program is increasing insight into the most cost-effective ways to maximize energy savings in residential new construction.

Take these steps to build a net-zero home

Whether it’s upgrading to a smart thermostat, planting vegetation in the right area or installing solar panels, the company points out, there are always ways to conserve energy.

New US Passive House Standard debuts

Originally developed in Germany, the Passive House building standard has been gaining ground in North America, but many building professionals felt it did not offer enough flexibility for the diverse climate zones.

PHIUS to launch North American passive building standard

To adapt the European Passive House standard to North American markets, PHIUS (Passive House Institute US) will launch the new PHIUS+ 2015 passive building standard.

Deep green remodeling project aims for Passive House certification

An extensive remodeling job on a 1920s home in an Atlanta suburb could be Georgia's first Passive House project.

Home scores lowest HERS rating in Canada

The challenge is set in place to promote the utilization of the HERS Index and energy efficient home building in the US and Canada.

Energy efficient apartments saving millions for Virginia residents

Residents of energy efficient apartments save an average of $54 a month, or $648 annually, on their electricity bills, according a Housing Virginia study.

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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.