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Air sealing is easier with upgraded spray sealant

While green building has long emphasized insulation, recent research by Building Science Corporation showed that air sealing is at least as important as the R-value of the insulation in a building envelope.

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.

Green building Q&A: plastics industry delivers energy efficiency innovations

As building codes require greater levels of efficiency, the building products industry is responding with innovations that will help make homes greener.

GREENGUARD certification alleviates SPF indoor air quality concerns

GREENGUARD-certified SPF products are a more environmentally conscious option for insulating and air sealing the home.

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.

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.

Top U.S. energy rating companies create new industry resource

To help meet the growing demand for energy efficient homes, as well as the renewed growth in new home construction, the country’s top energy raters joined together.

Proud Green Home of St Louis open house scheduled

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis will host an open house with separate events for building professionals and consumers on Feb. 20 and 21, 2015 at the home outside of St. Louis.

Great green reads: Top 10 high performance home building articles for 2014

The analytics tell us that readers found these stories of green building achievement to be the most compelling for the year.

Rewatch: Top 10 green building videos for 2014

Take a look back at some of the most popular video content for 2014 on ProudGreenhome.com, featuring the latest techniques and technology to help satisfy the hunger for knowledge regarding creating high performance homes.

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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.

Words Matter: DOE reveals building science translator

One of the hurdles in adoption of green building practices is informing consumers about the long-term benefits of energy-efficient homes.

Guidance coming for HVAC in high performance homes

As more energy efficient homes are built, HVAC contractors need guidance in specifying the right system for the home.

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.

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.

10 good reasons to buy a new home

Homebuyers everywhere are usually faced with the problem of where to buy, when to buy and should they buy a new home or and older one.

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.

Do you make these mistakes that drive home-energy bills through the roof?

Small problems can add up to big energy bills if you don't take care of them right away.

New online tool to learn more about comfort, health and safety of homes

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) has introduced an online resource for homeowners who care about the comfort, health and safety of their homes.

New HVAC units must meet tough performance standards

If you're in the market for a new system for an existing home or a new home, here are a few things you should know.

Does renewable energy really save money?

The argument that an increase in renewable energy in the United States means more expensive electricity has pervaded the debate on renewables versus fossil fuels for decades.

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.

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An energy audit is often the first step to creating a truly energy efficient home. Energy audits can be performed by professionals, but are increasingly done by homeowners with the assistance of auditing devices that operate 24/7 within the home.