Production builder uses green demonstration homes for R&D

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KB Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the United States, uses its high performance demonstration homes to refine the building practices and technologies that find their way into production homes.

FEATURES


MID-MOD MESS – Energy (In)Efficiency in Mid-Century Modern

Mid 20th-century modern homes have some of the coolest design out there but they are a train wreck in terms of energy efficiency.

Net zero questions answered

There are lots of questions surrounding green home certification programs, but there's one answer that may be better than all the others.

Weatherization and energy efficiency add up to good investments

Some recent studies have questioned whether federal weatherization programs were good investments, delivering more value than the cost.

Take a peek behind the walls of high performance Passive House designs

An exhibit in Portland will reveal the latest building science behind some of the highest performing Passive Homes in the country.

Louisville MLS adds 8 green fields to drive green home listings

It will be easier for homebuyers and realtors in Louisville, Kentucky, to find homes with green features and certifications

Ductless HVAC system offers flexible fit options

Mini split ductless heating and cooling systems are taking a bigger share of the market as homeowners look for flexibility and efficiency.

Secrets behind the walls of 3 high performance green homes

It's easy being green; after all, there are many ways to design and build a high performance green home.

Green Beam: LEDs Be Cra-Cra

Walk down the lighting aisle of any big-box store, and you’ll see something you wouldn’t have five years ago – half the light bulbs available are LED.

LED Lights help green home reach LEED Platinum

Energy efficient LED lighting will be one of the technologies that will help Ed Begley Jr.'s new home reach LEED certification.

Ty Pennington: What's the behind the walls of your green home?

It's what's on the inside that usually counts the most, and green homes are no exception.

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NEWS


Find the path to building sustainability with continuous insulation

To help building professionals understand the value of continuous insulation, Boral launched the “Continuous Insulation and the Path to Sustainability” podcast.

Independent insulation installers can now choose Demilec spray foam

Insulate America, a cooperative group of locally owned, independent insulation contractors for residential and commercial construction, has selected Demilec as a preferred supplier.

Tips for keeping your home cool in the summer heat

The good news is there are things you can do to control summer energy costs.

Mixed-use apartment complex aims for LEED Platinum

A new LEED Platinum-designed apartment building will create some of the most sustainable, livable, and innovative mixed-use buildings in the Pacific Northwest.

Where do you rank? Most homeowners say they're above average in energy efficiency

While most homeowners pass the energy conservation test, they need to brush up on Energy Savings 101 if they want to stay cool and keep bills low this season.

What's in a name? Zero Energy Ready Homes and the strategy behind the name

As the U.S. Department of Energy rolls out its Zero Energy Ready Home program, building professionals and homebuyers are getting used to the new name.

New Utah home development will be Zero Energy Ready certified

A Salt Lake City development of 15 homes will be DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes that will exceed next generation building codes.

Factory built homes offer utility payback incentive

An Energy Star certified manufactured house offers a rebate on the first year's worth of utility payments.

Multifamily housing project first to earn Zero Energy Ready Home

The first multifamily Zero Energy Ready Home certification for a rental development in the nation went to Mutual Housing California for its development at Spring Lake.

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.

Boral Roofing expands Energy Star and Cool Roof rated colors

With a cool roof becoming part of a high performance home, Boral has expanded its line of Cool Roof rated colors and styles.

New Zero Energy Ready development rising in Arizona

The 27 homes in the North Phoenix Vision Hill community will be Zero Energy ready and offer a number of green features.

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.

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.

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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.