New Oregon construction energy standards will pay off for builders and homeowners

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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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Solar panels convert 60s terraced house into net zero model

Students from Delft University took a 1960s terraced house and turned it into a net-zero home with a new skin that connected solar panels, glass walls and smart technology with the existing structure.

Go behind the walls of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis incorporates a wide variety of advanced building science techniques and products designed to deliver a high-performance home.

Italian home wins first LEED Platinum rating in Europe

Over the expected 100-year life span of the BioCasa 82 home near Treviso, Italy, it is expected to produce 60 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than a traditional building.

Homeowners ready to spend to stay cool when the heat is on

With the summer cooling season in full swing, higher electricity bills are right around the corner. But a recent survey dound that homeowners are trying to save energy, and would be willing to spend money on new equipment to lower their bills.

Use Honda Smart Home designs in your green home project

After making its Smart Home a reality, Honda opened up access to designs and blueprints to make building your own smart home that much easier.

Beat the heat and cold with a 60-minute DIY home energy audit

Since rising temperatures bring rising energy bills, ways to save on utility bills become top of mind – and a home energy audit is a great way to reduce costs and realize energy savings.

Prefab house book gives global perspective on green building phenomenon

For anyone considering a green home project, take time out to consider the fast-growing world of prefab and systems built homes. With her new book Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes around the Globe, author Sheri Koones opens the door on this global phenomenon.

Net Zero test home ends the year with energy to spare

After one of the toughest winters in recent years, the net-zero energy test house in suburban Washington, D.C., not only absorbed winter's best shot, it came out on top, reaching its one-year anniversary on July 1 with enough surplus energy to power an electric car for about 1,440 miles.

Early registration opens for Green Homes Summit 2014

Sign up for the Green Homes Summit, August 22-23 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to learn the latest and best information regarding green home building.

DOE recognizes Proud Green Home at Serenbe

The U.S. Department of Energy recognized the Proud Green Home at Serenbe as the first DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in the state of Georgia.

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NEWS


Renovation of historic homestead includes geothermal system

A top-down renovation of an 1867 Wisconsin homestead incorporated a ground-up geothermal heating system that relies on steady temperatures just beneath the earth’s surface to provide energy-efficient heating and cooling to the home, while preserving its historic charm.

Utilities give consumers usage info to change energy behaviors

As utilities seek to cut energy use, one of the tactics they’re employing is encouraging customers to modify their habits. Four rural electric co-ops in Minnesota reduced demand in 2013 between 1.8 and 2.8 percent using MyMeter, a program that...

Building science behind the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

The development of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis highlights just how far green building science has advanced.

5 things you can do to keep your home cool this summer

If your air conditioning has been running full blast all summer, you may be dreading your next electric bill. But there are ways to keep your cool without breaking the bank. Energy Trust of Oregon, a nonprofit helping customers of...

Systems built homes qualify for DOE Challenge Home

One of the test homes is the only manufactured home in the nation to qualify for the DOE Challenge Home Program.

Lighting retrofits help meet Better Building Challenge goals

Started as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge is a program with a target of cutting energy consumption by 20 percent at businesses across the country over the next 10...

Multifamily housing often wastes energy without green investment

Recent research shows multifamily housing often lacks energy efficient features, but some developers are making a difference for low-income families.

More California towns saving water and energy with HERO program

To help residents combat the ongoing drought and reduce energy use, 24 additional California communities launched the HERO program that allows homeowners to pay for qualifiying home improvements through their property tax bill.

Timber home builder adopts Passive House approach

Long- time timber home builder New Energy Works will include Passive House principals in the design and construction phases of new homes. Brad Hall, construction project manager at New Energy Works, recently became certified in Passive House Basics with a...

4 ways to stick it to your utility company

Rising temperatures bring rising energy bills so ways to save on utility bills become top of mind, and a home energy audit is a great way to reduce costs and realize energy savings.

Report makes the business case for sustainable building products

Early adopters of the Cradle to Cradle product standard benefited from the rigorous certification program through reduced costs and a less volatile supply chain. The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute released the report "Impacts of the Cradle to Cradle...

Historic home nearing goal of net-zero after deep green remodeling

A 110-year-old home is on its way to becoming a net-zero home thanks to a deep green remodel that’s still in progress. When Matt Grocoff and his wife, Kelly, bought a 110 year old Folk-Victorian home in Ann Arbor’s Old...

Ontario homeowners use home energy monitoring to lower bills

More than 170,000 Ontario homes will use an in-home energy display for real-time monitoring of energy use. Ontario's saveONenergy peaksaver PLUS program will use PowerCost Monitor, a home energy display from Blue Line, that delivers real-time data allowing customers to...

NAHB: Newer homes use less energy and cost less to maintain

Homes that are 4 years old or less uses less energy and cost less to maintain than an older home. In the Eye on Housing Blog, NAHB reviewed data from The National Association of Homebuilders 2011 American Housing Survey that...

Vintage bungalow undergoes net-zero green upgrade

An energy-inefficient, late 1920's vintage bungalow in West Lafayette, Ind., will become a living laboratory for appliance and resource efficiency research. The combined effort by the Whirlpool Corporation and Purdue University will transform an off-campus house into a net-zero energy,...

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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.