Builder offers three home designs in net-zero solar homes

Homebuyers near the Sacramento River in California's Delta can choose from three living-space designs in new net-zero home developments. Trilogy by Shea has unveiled eight new floor plans, as well as an entirely new model gallery for attendees to experience...

FEATURES


Exteriors showroom inspires and educates homeowners and builders

Homeowners and building professionals have a new place to learn about and become inspired by a vision for their home's exterior.

Use Honda Smart Home designs in your green home project

After making its Smart Home a reality, Honda opened up access to designs and blueprints to make building your own smart home that much easier.

Green construction strategies for the best in building envelopes

When a homeowner or building professional searches for building products, there are many ways to go green. In addition to energy-saving options look for products with green attributes throughout the lifecycle of a product.

Prefab house book gives global perspective on green building phenomenon

For anyone considering a green home project, take time out to consider the fast-growing world of prefab and systems built homes. With her new book Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes around the Globe, author Sheri Koones opens the door on this global phenomenon.

Net Zero test home ends the year with energy to spare

After one of the toughest winters in recent years, the net-zero energy test house in suburban Washington, D.C., not only absorbed winter's best shot, it came out on top, reaching its one-year anniversary on July 1 with enough surplus energy to power an electric car for about 1,440 miles.

ABC Green Home 2.0 ready to break ground

Building on the success of the ABC Green Home 1.0, the 2.0 version of the green building demonstration home will be built and donated to a disabled veteran through Habitat for Humanity.

Early registration opens for Green Homes Summit 2014

Sign up for the Green Homes Summit, August 22-23 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to learn the latest and best information regarding green home building.

Builders face challenges in selling the green home story

It can be difficult to convince home buyers of the value of investing in energy-efficient and healthy homes that may come at a premium price compared to homes of similar size in the same market. But some forward-thinking homebuilders are doing it any way.

DOE recognizes Proud Green Home at Serenbe

The U.S. Department of Energy recognized the Proud Green Home at Serenbe as the first DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in the state of Georgia.

Louisville home representing US in green building competition

Kentucky’s first LEED Platinum, net zero Energy and water-conserving home relies on sustainable design and products.

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NEWS


GM supports a Detroit shipping container homestead project

Detroit's first occupied shipping container homestead will be constructed of 85 percent scrap materials donated by General Motors.

Choose your next home based on the commute time

For homebuyers looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact, a new service delivers information on drive times from listed properties to common destinations.

Modular home company rolls out floor plans for Tiny House designs

Consumers are realizing that buying larger homes requires taking out a larger mortgage and straining the daily budget. Tiny houses are a solution to this problem because they offer budget flexibility and simple, efficient layouts.

Is a systems built home right for you?

For decades, home building systems have provided home owners a wide variety of benefits and features over traditional stick-built homes.

New California building codes will cut residential energy use by 25% and save water

On July 1, updated building standards designed to get more energy savings from new and existing residential and nonresidential buildings took effect in California.

Tiny house trend leads to tiny kitchen appliances

As the trend of smaller living spaces has taken hold, full-size appliances just don't fit in. GE plans to build a line of micro kitchen appliances, offering a full suite of small gizmos suitable for small homes.

Energy efficient SMART community rising in Ontario

A 70-acre site in west London, Ontario, will be sustainably developed into approximately 2,000 living units and 400,000 sq. feet of commercial retail space, which will be designed to generate as much energy as it will use from renewable sources.

Euro-style windows gain Passive House certification

One of the key features in a Passive House design is the high-performance windows. But Not just any old windows will do.

4 reasons you're wrong for not considering vinyl siding for your green home

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, vinyl siding was used on nearly 30 percent of all new homes built in 2012, more than any other cladding material.

Net zero construction gets a boost in New York

To encourage construction of homes that produce more energy than they consume, New York state is offering $34 million in incentives.

How does your state rank? LEED names top states for Certified Homes

The number of LEED-certified green housing units more than doubled between 2011 and 2012 and the number continues to grow steadily.

Commercial interior design gets new green certification program

Designs for interiors of commercial and institutional buildings is the focus of the new program Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors that focuses on interiors without the need to certify an entire building. The Green Building Initiative (GBIGBI president Jerry Yudelson...

Does your home measure up? Top characteristics that sell homes

Making the right home improvements can pay off when it comes time to sell, but which ones attract homebuyers? The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Characteristics of Homes Built in 2013 Report show that homeowners prefer the pleasure...

Demand growing for reclaimed timbers in green building projects

Building professionsals are looking to reclaimed wood from tear downs as a way to incorporate a rustic design texture as well as green building concepts into their new projects. One provider of reclaimed timbers, New Energy Works, has seen a...

Historic home nearing goal of net-zero after deep green remodeling

A 110-year-old home is on its way to becoming a net-zero home thanks to a deep green remodel that’s still in progress. When Matt Grocoff and his wife, Kelly, bought a 110 year old Folk-Victorian home in Ann Arbor’s Old...

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