Mixed-use apartment complex aims for LEED Platinum

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A new LEED Platinum-designed apartment building will create some of the most sustainable, livable, and innovative mixed-use buildings in the Pacific Northwest.

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Ductless HVAC system offers flexible fit options

Mini split ductless heating and cooling systems are taking a bigger share of the market as homeowners look for flexibility and efficiency.

Refresh your home for resale

Real estate professionals will tell you freshening up a home for resale is a good idea. They’ll give you good advice on de-cluttering, removing personal photos and generally making it easier for prospective buyers to imagine themselves being happy in their new home.

Options for affordable ERV whole-home ventilation alternatives

As requirements for building envelopes increase, ventilation becomes vital for comfort and durability for a home.

Energy Star range hoods

Hope you don't mind a little bragging, but Broan-Nutone pioneered Energy Star qualified range hoods. That means you can have effective kitchen ventilation that also saves energy.

Smart phones make smart heating and cooling for your home

Programmable thermostats can reduce home heating costs by up to 35% and cooling costs by up to 25%.

Indoor odors and the problems they (sometimes) point to

Odors often alert us to indoor air quality conditions ranging from mildly unpleasant to dangerous. Unfortunately, not every problem announces itself with strong odors, and people become accustomed to conditions they’re exposed to regularly.

Does your home need an ERV or HRV?

As homes are becoming more tightly built, proper ventilation is increasingly critical for optimal indoor air quality.

Painting your nursery? Make sure to consider indoor air quality

Painting the nursery is a rite of passage for parents, whether expecting their first child or adding to a large family. It’s also usually accompanied by more than a quick coat of paint!

High performance homes require high performance ventilation

The building science approach to green home certifications such as Passive House require full-time mechanical ventilation to ensure the home has fresh air flow.

Ty Pennington: What's the behind the walls of your green home?

It's what's on the inside that usually counts the most, and green homes are no exception.

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New duct sealing technology cuts HVAC energy loss

A new aerosol technology can cut air loss from leaky ducts, improving HVAC efficiency and improving comfort in homes and buildings.

Stop mold growth after a flood in your home

With the recent flooding heavy rains, many property owners face the strong possibility of mold growth caused by the floodwaters and ensuing heat afterward.

Blow the dust off indoor air pollution facts

Now you can breathe deeply – everything you need to know about indoor air pollution is here.

Central vacuum systems leave no dust particle behind

Life is messy, but homeowners can feel better about life's messes, big or small, knowing they have the right tools to clean their homes.

Ready for the heat? Environmental scientists rank America's top 10 sweatiest cities

This is one list you don't want to be No. 1 on.

Proud Green Home of Cincinnati designed for ERV

As a high performance home, the Proud Green Home of Cincinnati will have a tight building envelope. That means mechanical ventilation is a part of the plan.

High rise apartments use ductless HVAC for efficient living

Builders of a twin-tower high rise apartment complex were searching for the most efficient, yet comfortable heating and cooling system for their residents.

5 things to look for when shopping for a ceiling fan

A ceiling fan is more than an appliance – it’s a design statement for your home, and can help save energy.

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.

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.

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.

Heating and air-conditioning tips from the pros

The decision to purchase a heat pump, gas furnace or central air conditioner is a significant one—a decision that requires careful thought and research.

Geothermal heat pump features unique vapor injection technology

A new hydronic geothermal heat pump features vapor injection technology that delivers more heat more efficiently.

Take these steps to build a net-zero home

Whether it’s upgrading to a smart thermostat, planting vegetation in the right area or installing solar panels, the company points out, there are always ways to conserve energy.

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.

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Better indoor air quality is one of the key benefits of green homes. Learn about the many factors that affect home air quality and what builders and homeowners can do to improve the air we breathe.