Flexible flashing tape stops moisture and air loss

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For builders looking for a way to keep water from entering a home the new flexible flashing tape can seal problem areas.

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Proud Green Home of St Louis opens its doors

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis opened its doors, celebrating the completion of this high performance home.

Geothermal heating and cooling saves energy at Proud Green Home of St. Louis

Geothermal heating using a ground source heat pump is considered one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool a home.

New bathroom fan technology includes wireless speakers and sensors that detect humidity on rise

A recent study found that 75 percent of Americans use their smartphones and mobile devices in the bathroom, primarily for streaming music or listening to the news.

Carrier boosts ductless HVAC system efficiency

A new line of ductless HVAC systems offers flexibility and high efficiency options for renovations and new construction.

The most common repairs every AC owner runs into

Improper operation of a home’s central air conditioner is one of the leading—and most expensive—repair problems that homeowners face, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Knauf launches EPD for pipe insulation

With an Environmental Product Declaration, Knauf's pipe insulation can now contribute LEED points to a project.

IBS Interview: Ty Pennington talks spray foam insulation

After using spray foam insulation on a number of home renovation projects, TV's Ty Pennington talked about the benefits of a well insulated home.

Geothermal heat pumps create greener, cleaner home with air filter

Many homeowners believe their homes are sanctuaries from all that hovers invisibly, blocked by filters in their air conditioning systems. But the reality is that most filters pose little match to what lingers in the air, be it pollen, mold, dust mites or hairspray. In fact, standard filters only trap 2 percent of particles in the air.

Floor protection ensures indoor air quality for the Proud Green Home of St Louis

Because indoor air quality is one of the top goals of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis, the builder used a polyethylene wrap to protect the subfloor during construction.

No noise is good noise

If you have an older home with the original equipment range hood, you'll be surprised at how quiet new models can be. Fans get louder over time as components wear, and new technology has dramatically cut the noise levels.

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Green building market trends for 2015

From lower prices for solar power to an explosion of ductless mini split HVAC options, high performance home trends continue to develop.

The Importance of Being Insulated (Properly)

When building a high-performance home, like the Proud Green Home St. Louis project, an important decisions our team had to make was how to construct the insulation package.

EPA recommends radon testing in January

Buying or building a new home? EPA recommends including radon testing as part of any real estate transactions and consider having your newly constructed home built with radon resistant features.

Why you should have a mold inspection before buying a home

Whether you’re planning to buy a new home or sell your current one, getting a mold inspection done and finding a green solution, is vitally important. The presence of active mold can negatively affect the resale value of any property.

Express yourself with the color of the year

Perfectly suited to celebrate a mid-decade year that's poised for revitalization, Coral Reef is Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2015.

Do you know how healthy your home is?

While 60 percent of homeowners rate their homes as “healthy,” more than one in four are uncertain of major health hazards both indoors and outside of their homes.

Balance home air pressure for ventilation performance

Air pressure imbalance in the home is a silent – but costly – problem not very well understood by the average homeowner.

Monitor takes the guesswork out of changing home air filters

Preventing an air filter in furnace from becoming clogged keeps a heating and cooling system performing efficiently and can help homeowners gain up to $200 in annual energy savings.

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.

Tips to save energy and resources as the seasons change

Whether it's the air conditioning, heat, hot water or lighting, there are always ways to save money on utility bills.

Turn your walls into art with zero VOC chalkboard paint

Kids love to draw on the walls, so it makes sense to give them a place to do that that won't cause damage.

Stop construction dust for better indoor air quality during remodeling

One of the top complaints contractors hear during a remodeling project is about the dust that comes with it. Drywall dust, saw dust, fumes and other byproducts of home construction can make the home uncomfortable for those living there, both during and after the project.

Zehnder America introduces US-made HRV/ERV components

Zehnder America starts local sourcing initiative using American manufacturing for its new ComfoFlex ducting and register boxes.

How to choose low-VOC paints with great colors for your home

Shoppers should also be wary of relying on past experience to pick a paint, as brands frequently reformulate from year to year, changing the performance of the paint.

Tackle furnace maintenance with smart app

A new app helps take the guesswork of furnace maintenance, improving indoor air quality and saving utility costs.

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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.