Net zero ready homes use unique geothermal solution

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A new net-zero-ready home development uses a cost-effective approach to deliver domestic drinking water and geothermal heating and cooling.

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Energy heel trusses make room for attic insulation

Most homes don't have enough insulation in the attic near the eaves, but a new truss design can make that problem go away. As this video with green building consultant Matt Belcher, principal with Verdatek Solutions and director of the...

Insulation surrounds the building envelope for the Proud Green Home of St Louis

Builder Kim Hibbs, president of Hibbs Homes, reviews the role that insulation from Dow Building Solutions will play in the energy-efficiency of the home.

Automated windows shades win the battle against the sun

With the right windows, sunlight can be transformed from problem into an asset by designing windows to manage heat and light.

Home buyers learning the value of high performance homes

As the real estate market continues to recover, homebuyers are coming to value high-performance properties that provide long-term value in terms of comfort and energy savings.

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.

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.

DOE building resources for Zero Energy Ready Homes

At the 2014 Energy & Environmental Building Alliance Conference & Expo, Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect of the DOE's Building Technologies Office, discussed some of the changes in the agency's programs for home builders.

1920s bungalow gets deep green retrofit for sustainability studies

The ReNEWW House is a multi-year research project in which a 1920s vintage home is retrofitted into a net-zero energy, water and zero-waste-to-landfill structure.

Open house for the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

Before the drywall goes up and this green home's high performance systems are hidden, go behind the scenes of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis.

Green builders collaborate to build high performance home

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis is under construction to deliver sustainable benefits to its owners and to educate and inspire building professionals and consumers about the benefits of building and living green.

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Chicago boosts energy saving programs for apartment buildings

Apartment buildings in Chicago will be eligible for energy-efficiency improvements designed to save energy and cut costs for building owners and tenants.

UK study: green homes sell faster and for more money

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.

Take a look at the benefits of spray foam insulation

For homeowners that are concerned about whether or not their home is energy efficient, a new infographic can help them make an educated choice.

Insulator kit creates instant storm window to block winter chill

Anyone with beautiful, functional but perhaps drafty windows can have an economical sealing solution without having to replace them.

Tips to prep your home for winter and add value

The Appraisal Institute encourages homeowner to winterize their homes to potentially reduce energy costs, increase comfort in cold months and possibly improve resale value.

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.

Take steps to living green with new carbon footprint calculator

The art of calculating and managing your carbon footprint just got easier.

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.

Tips to save energy and resources as the seasons change

Whether it's the air conditioning, heat, hot water or lighting, there are always ways to save money on utility bills.

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.

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.

A new efficiency score for apartments guides energy saving strategy

Multi-family building owners have a new tool to track an apartment building's energy use. WegoWise, a building intelligence provider, today launched a new rating for apartment building performance: WegoScore. This simple numerical assessment provides a clear snapshot of a building's...

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...

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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.