Seattle Modern Homes on parade

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Some of Seattle's top modern homes will be open for touring for a limited time on May 2, 2015, but if you can't make it, get a glimpse here.

FEATURES


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.

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.

Sliding doors blend indoor and outdoor living without compromise

Homeowners want to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living, but large sliding doors have not always been the most energy-efficient option.

Cut greenhouse gas emissions with propane appliances

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, residential use accounts for more than one-fifth of the nation’s total energy consumption.

New concrete roof tiles offer color choices, cool roof performance

Cool roof products come in a variety of roof types, including metal, asphalt and built-up roofs as well as concrete tiles.

LED lighting brightens the Proud Green Home of St Louis

With the phase out of larger incandescent bulbs, homeowners and builders are turning to LED lighting for energy-efficient alternatives.

Mini splits revolutionizing HVAC industry in the US

With the rise of mini split heat pumps in the U.S. market, manufacturers are in a race to offer the most efficient models.

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.

GE launches 80 gallon hybrid GeoSpring water heater

With new energy efficiency requirements looming, GE has announced an 80-gallon Energy Star ENERGY STAR-qualified GeoSpring hybrid electric heat pump water heaters.

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NEWS


3 things contractors should know about new water heaters

Under the new regulations that took effect April 16, 2015, water-heating options for contractors of new and existing homes will vary dramatically.

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.

Modular senior housing communities win LEED Platinum

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

EPA honors 2015 Energy Star Partners of the year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) honored 128 businesses and organizations in 33 states with the Energy Star’s Partner of the Year award.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Look for the Energy Star certification on a wide variety of energy-efficient products for green homes. Stay up to date on the latest news from Energy Star designed to save homeowners money and reduce demand for energy from fossil fuels.