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Passive House standards gaining in single family and multifamily projects

Passive House building in North America has become more prominent with announcements of multifamily and single family home projects that will meet the rigorous standards for energy consumption.

Green premium: insurance discounts for green build

Not only are green buildings healthier, productivity lifters, and worth more money, the insurance industry confirms that they’re better insurance risks.

5 ways to make the air in your home healthier

Most people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors exposed to potential sources of pollution than can lead to discomfort and illness.

Green landscape design tips for beginners

A beautifully landscaped yard can up the value of your property and gives you a reason to spend time outdoors surrounded by nature; great for mind, body and soul.

4 benefits of green home remodeling

Green remodeling is a hot topic in the housing market. Green homes tend to sell well, and many sellers are considering the value of using green practices and technologies to make improvements to their current homes.

DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes adds value to high performance model home

A model home for a golf course community in Pennsylvania exceeds DOE Zero Energy Ready Home requirements, delivering long-term value for its new owners.

California jurisdictions launch HERO Program to conserve water and energy

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

Green tech for your home: saving energy and money

Being a “green” homeowner means buying less, reusing more, and making do with what the Earth gives us - recognizing both its limitations and our own.

LED lighting now comes $10 for a 3 pack

Energy efficient lighting becomes more affordable as GE launched low-cost 60-watt replacements to entice customers to switch from CFL to LED technology.

Green 101 – the why of green and greener homes

You know the story…drop a pebble in a pond and watch it create a seemingly, endless ripple effect.  It always amazes me that the ripples seem to go on forever, touching so many things in their path.

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NEWS


Property appraisers adopt new tool for green home valuations

The Appraisal Foundation has announced the adoption of the first of three Valuation Advisories related to the valuation of green buildings.

Take the guesswork out of home renovation with new online estimating tool

Do you have renophobia, the fear of home renovation? There just may be a cure for you.

New rating system guides sustainable landscape growth

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) launched its newly acquired SITES rating system, the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes.

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.

First to the Future Home features LED lighting

A high performance demonstration home "First to the Future Home" features more than 200 LED lighting fixtures.

Residential energy storage system installed in California

The race to bring residential storage for solar energy heats up as one storage system makers has installed its first system in a home.

Find out how much hot water you waste every day

Take a few minutes to collect data about hot water waste in your home, and you could be drinking Starbucks for free while helping shape hot water use research.

Materials Health Certificates help eliminate chemicals of concern from building life cycle

The Material Health Certificate Registry is a new online tool for identifying and communicating the work of manufacturers toward chemically optimized products.

Responsive Home project targets millennial homebuyers

The Responsive Home will be built for today's younger buyers, influenced by a survey of millennials where 83 percent stated that they are seeking more space and 71 percent want to personalize their home, in a familiar yet reimagined American dream.

High performance homebuilder developing homes for pro athletes

Could a green home help a pro athlete dunk more or catch more touchdown passes? One Chicago builder – a former pro athlete himself – will build high performance homes with a money back guarantee.

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.

Home products honored for innovations in high performance building

At the 2015 PCBC, the largest homebuilding trade show representing the west coast region 18 products were named to the Parade of Products Awards.

Americans face community design-related barriers to living healthy lives

Many Americans face significant community design-related barriers to living a healthy life, according to a new report.

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.

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