No noise is good noise

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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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Fight indoor air pollutants with ventilation

The best way to find indoor air pollution is to keep contaminants from entering the home in the first place. That's called source control. But next best thing you can do is to have appropriate ventilation to exhaust the polluted...

Proud Green Home of St Louis open house scheduled

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis will host an open house with separate events for building professionals and consumers on Feb. 20 and 21, 2015 at the home outside of St. Louis.

Hi tech fan solutions

Like any thing else you buy for your kitchen, the more you pay the better performance and features you'll find. Your range hood is no different. We'll look at some of the latest innovations and gadgets in the market today.

Great green reads: Top 10 high performance home building articles for 2014

The analytics tell us that readers found these stories of green building achievement to be the most compelling for the year.

Ventilation fans and performance-based building codes

The 2013 version of ASHRAE 62.2 includes performance-based measurements, rather than relying on the tested performance of a fan. Under older versions you could rely on manufacturer's specifications and industry standards for duct runs.

Turning a home inside out may expose the benefits of insulation

American builders have long insulated homes by stuffing the walls with fiberglass or foam. In recent years, building science experts have debated the merits of turning the home inside out by placing a barrier of insulation on the exterior instead....

How to pick a range hood

When you're looking for a range hood there are some basic things to keep in mind. Check with the range manufacturer to see if they have recommendations or specifications. Generally, a gas range will require a larger capacity hood than an electric range will.

The "art" of conditioned air

Conditioned air is critical in locations like art galleries, museums and other specialized buildings where the lack of elevated levels of humidity can wreak havoc on commodities inside. The concept of protecting valuables through building design is one building science...

Looking back: 2014 green building trends

The coming water shortage, solar power price drops, and performance-based building codes are among the top trends for 2014.

Don't leave your home ventilation to the weather

A home without a well-designed ventilation system is at the mercy of the weather. In such a building the air exchange or "breathing rate" through unplanned openings like cracks and windows is governed by the weather and the building's height.

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NEWS


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.

Geothermal offers alternative to propane price spikes for winter heating

One alternative to uncertain prices and availability of fossil fuels is a geothermal heating and cooling system that uses a ground-source heat pump.

What to do if your insulation gets wet

Homeowners and building professionals struggle with moisture, leaks, and water damage to homes, particularly to insulation.

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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.