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Passive House standards gaining in single family and multifamily projects

Passive House building in North America has become more prominent with announcements of multifamily and single family home projects that will meet the rigorous standards for energy consumption.

Green premium: insurance discounts for green build

Not only are green buildings healthier, productivity lifters, and worth more money, the insurance industry confirms that they’re better insurance risks.

DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes adds value to high performance model home

A model home for a golf course community in Pennsylvania exceeds DOE Zero Energy Ready Home requirements, delivering long-term value for its new owners.

HERS ratings – waaaay more than an energy score

The “Home Energy Rating Score” boils all energy users in a home down to a nifty “miles-per-gallon” number – like a window sticker in a car.

Blower door testing essentials

A blower door test can help to establish the airtightness of small to medium buildings, measure the flow of air between different areas in a building and test the airtightness of ductwork.

Proud Green Home of St. Louis: Green Building Checklist

As with traditional construction practices, setting expectations is a large part of the home planning and construction process when building green.

Seal the building envelope with innovative products

Air sealing offers a proven and cost-effective solution for reducing energy expenses and increasing the energy efficiency of a home.

Don't miss out on these HVAC trends

Heating and cooling choices can make or break the energy efficiency, and affordability of a home.

Don't fall for greenwashing about your new home

Buyers beware: builders that simply make claims of great energy efficiency with no proof of testing or third party certification are Greenwashing!

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.

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Passive House remodeling project wins award for reduced energy use

The Mamaroneck Passive House won the Urban Green Council`s Power to the People award for the greatest percentage reduction in building energy use.

Property appraisers adopt new tool for green home valuations

The Appraisal Foundation has announced the adoption of the first of three Valuation Advisories related to the valuation of green buildings.

Appraisal Institute joins DOE home energy efficiency initiative

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, will join 31 other partners to expand awareness of homes’ energy efficiency.

Connecticut adopts first statewide home energy score

Connecticut recently launched a statewide residential energy labeling program that will make energy efficiency labels common across the state.

Zero net energy homes test will guide California to Big Bold Goal

A community of 20 zero net energy houses will be built as part of an energy use evaluation project in California.

New Zealand Home scored perfect on 10 Homestar rating

A home under construction in Papamoa, New Zealand, has become the first in the country to achieve the highest possible rating of 10 Homestar.

Green home certifications grow during housing downturn

Home Innovation Research Labs has certified 50,000 homes under the NGBS Green Certification Program.

Multifamily housing loan gets first green building pricing break

A multifamily rental property in New Jersey will receive an interest rate reduction on its Fannie Mae loan due to LEED certification. Fannie Mae said the the first loan to close with its Multifamily Green Building Certification Pricing Break will...

Sign up to win HGTV Smart Home 2015

The modern Austin farmhouse is in keeping with the city’s “Imagine Austin” development plan and the McMansion ordinance that limits the size and configuration of new homes in central Austin.

Top 6 questions you should ask before buying a green home

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

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.

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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.