Realtors: green home features increase value and marketability


The demand for green homes is growing and today's consumers want homes and communities that are environmentally sustainable and resource efficient, according to The National Association of Realtors.


Window Installation: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Replacing your windows is an investment so it’s important to know all you can about it.

1970s rancher undergoes high performance makeover

A dated 1970s era ranch home underwent a deep remodeling job and went on to win a top green building award and helped educate a community on green building.

Designer kitchen appliances blend style and performance

The new Nate Berkus-inspired line of LG Studio appliances includes a counter-depth refrigerator, gas and electric slide-in ranges and an over-the-range microwave.

Modular home uses ductless mini splits to handle Massachusetts winters

Last winter, heating bills were about one fourth of similar neighboring houses.

High performance home features high performance fiberglass windows

For any high performance home, windows are a major factor in the energy efficiency equation.

Energy Star Appliances and Electronics at the heart of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

The owners of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis wanted to make their home energy efficient, and a host of appliances and electronics from LG Electronics are helping them do just that.

Winning Solar Decathlon team inspired by Superstorm Sandy

Students from New Jersey-based Stevens Institute of Technology earned the highest score at the event by designing a flood-resistant house that is also energy efficient.

Geothermal HVAC meets homeowners' desires for IAQ and comfort

Geothermal heating and cooling ranks as one of the most energy efficient options for all types of homes.

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.

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Tackle thermal bridging loss with continuous insulation

Although wood frame construction has been the standard for years, it's always had one glaring flaw.

Get ready for the cold: home winterization tips for your home

Home winterization can help keep your home warmer, while using less energy and costing less money.

Apartments waste 33% of the energy they use (infographic)

Apartment managers and residents can take some simple steps to stop wasting energy and lower their utility costs. While October is actually Energy Awareness Month, any time is the right time to promote the importance of finding more efficient ways...

One small trip to your attic could lead to big energy savings

In houses across America, poorly sealed and under-insulated attics are taking money out of homeowners’ pockets through high utility bills.

Tips to protect your home from energy vampires

Energy vampires can be lurking around one’s home in unexpected places: televisions, computers, and microwaves.

Smart LED lights help you live better and simplify home automation

C by GE smart LED bulbs take lighting beyond basic illumination with new features designed for sleep circadian rhythms.

Production builder adds solar system for low HERS ratings

A new model by Stanley Martin Homes recorded a HERS index of 29, the lowest ever for the company.

Classic-style faculty residence earns LEED Platinum, other green certifications

The Taft School residence in Watertown, Conn., was the first in the state to achieve the USGBC LEED BD+C for Homes Platinum certification using the new and more stringent version 4 rating criteria.

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.

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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.