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.

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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.

Don't miss out on these HVAC trends

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

Seattle Modern Homes on parade

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.

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.

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NEWS


Windows designed for Western states allow more sunlight

Managing solar heat gain and sunlight can be a headache for homes in places that experience many sunny days.

DOE explains how green home certifications stack up

As the interest in home certifications grows, builders and consumers wonder how they all fit together.

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.

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.

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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.