Prefab concrete walls could lower price of green building for Habitat for Humanity

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As Habitat for Humanity and other affordable homebuilders look for ways to go green and stay on budget, a new concrete wall system could be the answer.

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Energy heel trusses make room for attic insulation

Most homes don't have enough insulation in the attic near the eaves, but a new truss design can make that problem go away. As this video with green building consultant Matt Belcher, principal with Verdatek Solutions and director of the...

Zero Energy Ready ICF home wins building awards

A coastal colonial-style home built with insulated concrete forms earned multiple awards for building excellence and performance.

Insulation surrounds the building envelope for the Proud Green Home of St Louis

Builder Kim Hibbs, president of Hibbs Homes, reviews the role that insulation from Dow Building Solutions will play in the energy-efficiency of the home.

Hi-tech options boost daylighting alternatives

Although homeowners might be intrigued by high-tech devices, they're ultimately looking for daylighting solutions that bring more comfort to their home.

Deep green remodel relies on mini splits for comfort and energy savings

When TV design stars Cortney and Bob Novogratz tackled the renovation Los Angeles-area bungalow, heating and cooling were on the top of the list.

Look at green building cost over whole life cycle

Does building a high performance home pay off?

8 newest trends in home design

Modern home design is a dynamic entity that needs to grow and change with the market needs. Any builder who is building the same homes they did ten years ago will steadily be reducing...

Sustainable solutions to decking problems

Although wood decks are beautiful, they can be fairly high-maintenance and not very environmentally-friendly to maintain.

Research: building with wood is healthier

Recent studies indicate that buildings with a high level of wood content have a positive physiological impact on the human nervous system.

How to boost your LEED score using decorative concrete

Learn about five ways you can use decorative concrete to improve both the beauty and sustainability of your next building project

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Tiny house gets modern design flair

Tiny houses come in all shapes and sizes, and a new line offers a modernist look and sustainable building practices.

Are you ready for ice dam season?

Many homeowners think ice dams are a fact of life in a cold climate, but that's not the case.

RESNET policies improve consistency of HERS Index Scores

As more homebuilders and buyers come to value the RESNET HERS Index Score, new policies will make the score a more powerful tool.

Make your home pop with the 2015 paint color of the year

The PPG Pittsburgh Paints brand named Blue Paisley, a lavish, almost-but-not-quite royal shade of blue as its 2015 Color of the Year.

Composite SIP system replaces 6 building products

Building with composite structural insulated panels can replace six building products while delivering a continuously insulated building envelope.

Don't underestimate the power of windows in a high performance home

There is a desperate need for reasonably priced, high-R windows.

Zero Energy Building construction moving to mainstream

Despite short-term price fluctuations, energy costs will continue to rise over the long term, driving greater interest in building that produce as much or more energy as they consume.

First LEED v4 Platinum home will go to New Orleans neighborhood

Aiming to be the first LEED v4 Platinum home, and created in collaboration with LivingHomes, Make It Right and the International Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Insititute, the home will be presented to Make It Right Foundation for placement in...

New Passive House Standard will debut in 2015

Renewable resources will be part of the new Passive House Standards introduced by Dr. Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passive House Institute of Darmstadt, Germany, The North American Passive House Network said.

Solar power makes show home shine

The $7 million Coastal Living Showhouse features a solar power system that could offset 60 percent of the home's energy needs

First Maine Net Positive house will also earn Passive House rating

The Viridescent House, the first net-positive building in Maine, will actually produce twice as much energy as it uses.

New Oregon construction energy standards will pay off for builders and homeowners

New construction energy standards for Oregon went into effect July 1, 2014 and far exceed the building requirements of the last decade.

Hurricane anniversary brings reminder of Fortified Homes

The 22nd anniversary of Hurricane Andrew on August 24 provides a sobering reminder of the destructive power of hurricanes and the damage they can do to communities.

Systems built homes offering features for downsizing retirees

As more baby boomers enter into retirement, many are looking to downsize their living situations as their children leave the nest.

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.

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