Multifamily housing loan gets first green building pricing break

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A multifamily rental property in New Jersey will receive an interest rate reduction on its Fannie Mae loan due to LEED certification. Fannie Mae said the the first loan to close with its Multifamily Green Building Certification Pricing Break will...

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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.

New home quality mark designed to battle fuel poverty in the UK

Homes in Britain are among the oldest in Europe, and the cost of heating properties that leak heat is leading to fuel poverty for many residents.

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.

Zehnder ERV makes life more comfortable in the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

Starting with the architectural design, the Proud Green Home of St. Louis reflects the desire for a high level of indoor air quality, as well as energy efficiency and an inviting refuge for the family.

Take small steps to cleaner indoor air

Did you know that indoor air can be more than twice as much as polluted as outdoor air?

Tips for going green in your backyard

If you are looking for ways to have the amazing backyard you have always wanted yet still want to keep it “green,” then you’ll want to read on.

Eco-friendly residential wood products at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show

The 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City was bustling with design professionals, homeowners, and product representatives.

Small generators help homeowners weather big storms

As damaging storms and power outages become more common, more homeowners are looking for a standby power solution.

Whole home water filtration delivers safe, great tasting water

Although the United States has some of the best public drinking water available, there is reason to be concerned about contamination in some areas.

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.

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NEWS


LED bulbs break $5 barrier in socket wars

Leave the lights on and you could still save money – if you have the new $5 LED bulb.

Sign up to win HGTV Smart Home 2015

The modern Austin farmhouse is in keeping with the city’s “Imagine Austin” development plan and the McMansion ordinance that limits the size and configuration of new homes in central Austin.

Everything you need to know about indoor air pollution

While air pollution gets a lot of attention, the air inside homes may be more dangerous.

Californians switching to artificial grass to battle drought

With mandates to replace lawns with drought tolerant landscaping, California residents are looking for good alternatives to traditional grass.

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.

RESNET developing Water Efficiency Rating for homes

The WER index will offer a rating system for water efficiency similar to the HERS Index for energy efficiency for homes.

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.

10 bleakest cities of 2015 to receive Lowe's makeovers

This winter has been one of the harshest on record, and for many communities, the first day of spring didn't bring much relief.

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.

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.

Green homes still troubling for real estate appraisers

One of the roadblocks to valuing high performance homes is to reflect the lower utility costs and durability of a home in the appraisal.

Western states eligible for zero down solar power system

A new solar power financing system that offers solar power as a service is coming first to California and then expanding to other states served by Sunnova.

Are you sure your family is breathing clean air in your home?

While indoor air pollutants are ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health, parents are not always aware of the steps they can take to make the air inside their homes cleaner for the families.

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.

Energy efficiency program launches in seven states

A new program is bringing energy efficiency monitoring to the underserved affordable housing sector.

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Learn about the latest green home trends and find eco-friendly products to improve energy efficiency and comfort. Whether you're making big changes or starting small, this is the place to begin your green journey.