Micro kitchen designs ready for tiny houses

.

Five kitchen designs submitted by individuals from four countries were selected by a panel of judges in the FirstBuild Micro-Kitchen Challenge to create a fully functioning kitchen design in a small footprint.

FEATURES


Proud Green Home of St. Louis relies on advanced framing

While system components such as the HVAC will likely be upgraded in the future with technology advances, it makes sense to invest in building a better thermal envelope.

Why Proud Green Home St. Louis?

When Hibbs Homes and Verdatek Solutions had an opportunity to team up with Proud Green Home to build a high performance showcase home in the St. Louis area we immediately knew which upcoming project would be an ideal fit.

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.

See More »

NEWS


Green home building market expanding in Australia

The market for green building and renovation is taking off in Australia as homeowners come to value high-performance homes that are easier on the budget.

ICFs form walls of a new Scottish castle

A majestic Scottish castle is taking shape in Connecticut, and it just may have the strength to withstand a siege, thanks to the insulated concrete forms that make up the walls.

Most builders don't know about this energy-saving home construction

To overcome limitations of stick-built homes, more builders and homeowners are using an advanced building product called structural insulated panels (SIPs).

San Diego drafts energy-saving building code updates

New homes in San Diego could be built according to new codes that raise the cost of a new home but could pay for themselves in 18 months.

Building envelope thermal bridging guide now available to the public

To help building professionals design and construct high performance home, the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide – Analysis, Applications, and Insights offers guidance in reducing energy loss due to thermal bridging.

Building science behind the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

The development of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis highlights just how far green building science has advanced.

How the Proud Green Home of St. Louis got its start

When Michael and Emily Kuentz found out they were transferring from Fort Worth to St. Louis, they knew they wanted to build a new home that was healthy for their family.

Boral low-maintenance siding offers the look of wood

New siding options offer the look of traditional wood without the headaches of high maintenance.

Recycling turns water bottles into mosaic floor tiles

A Brazilian startup launched recycled PET tiles for environment friendly construction. The Rivesti Ecological Tiles help cut building costs by generating savings in labor and material.

Let the laundry room escape the basement with a dryer that vents up to 200 ft.

With the GE dryer’s new 200-foot venting capability, you have more freedom to choose where to put the laundry room.

NAHB celebrates National Building Systems Week

Prefabricated by skilled craftsmen in an efficient, controlled setting, systems-built homes, which include modular, panelized, concrete, log and timber homes, provide homeowners another alternative to home building that often saves the homeowner time and money due to the way the homes are built.

NAHB revamps its Green Awards for 2014

With the new integrated Green Awards program, The NAHB gives industry professionals the opportunity to be recognized across several awards programs for their green building accomplishments, rather than entering one standalone awards program.

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...

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.

See More »

Window shopping for an energy-saving home just got easier with energy-efficienct home designs and home plans.  Your one stop destination to find an array of cost savings, eco-friendly, energy-efficient, small footprint, home buiding plans.