Solar Decathlon 2015 kicks off with 14 teams building high performance homes


Collegiate teams involving hundreds of students from around the world have assembled at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif., to showcase their highly energy-efficient, solar-powered houses for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015.


Brick and stone deliver durability and indoor air quality for Proud Green Home of St Louis

For the family moving into the Proud Green Home of St. Louis, indoor air quality was a high priority.

High performance home insights

I was recently interviewed by MoonworksHome as part of their Expert Interview program.

Lighting, lighting on the wall – which is prettiest of them all?

Trying to find the right light bulb is a mind-bender on the order of finishing a Rubik’s cube.

Sammy the Star™ ENERGY STAR educational program introduces environmental stewardship to elementary students

Third graders at Centreville Elementary School, Fairfax, VA were introduced to “Sammy the Star™” in an informative presentation on renewable and non-renewable energy sources, and the importance of the ENERGY STAR logo.

Variable speed geothermal heat pump adds connectivity for greater control

Geothermal heating and cooling systems are among the most efficient options in the market today, and one new product takes the lead in energy efficiency.

Production builder uses green demonstration homes for R&D

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.

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.

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Energy Department names winners of Housing Innovation Awards (photos)

The U.S. Department of Energy presented the 2015 Housing Innovation Awards to 24 industry leaders and 27 winning DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes.

New high performance row homes feature reduced electromagnetic exposure

A Seattle row home development features not only many high performance aspects but also reduced electromagnetic field exposure.

Custom modular homes claim 30% energy efficiency gains

While keeping energy costs down, a quality factory-built, modular home also benefits the air quality in the home by reducing allergens and outside pollutants.

Report: 90% of US homes don't have enough insulation

Based on new research, roughly 90 percent of existing U.S. homes are under insulated, wasting energy, money and decreasing comfort for homeowners.

New ventilation fans make installation easier for building professionals (video)

InVent Series ventilation fans feature FoldAway mounting ears and the EzDuct Connector, which allow for easy installation.

NAHB study reveals what “green” means to home buyers

Builders and other industry professionals now have an opportunity to find out what green means to home buyers.

California cities add PACE financing for green home upgrades

HERO PACE financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them through their property tax bill.

Study: home weatherization programs do pay off

The results of a U.S. Department of Energy study demonstrate that weatherization provides cost-effective energy savings and health and safety benefits to American families.

Can you do a Manual J HVAC calculation in less than 60 seconds?

A new tool enables contractors to leverage the power of big data to measure a home’s HVAC needs before making a house call.

$30 million rebate program funds HVAC upgrades

Homeowners in Massachusetts can take advantage of a rebate program to upgrade to more efficient heating and cooling systems.

Latest Energy Star Home version streamlines certification

Certifying a home to meet Energy Star requirements, the first step in earning the Zero Energy Ready Home label, is easier with the latest updates.

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.

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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.