Energy efficient apartments saving millions for Virginia residents

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Residents of energy efficient apartments save an average of $54 a month, or $648 annually, on their electricity bills, according a Housing Virginia study.

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Front control range fits in freestanding or slide-in applications

For homeowners and building professionals looking for a new freestanding range to fit an existing cabinet installation, there's a new option for a front control range.

Is your home ready for the Internet of Things? The latest from 2015 CES

As smart home technology matures, more products are coming to market that put homeowners in control of lights, appliances and home comfort.

Green builder and homeowner select windows for their performance and style

To understand much of what makes a green home so efficient, look no further than its windows.

8 home remodeling trends to watch for 2015

A trend is a new direction, not a quickly fading fad. So keep an eye on these new directions for 2015 home remodeling and design trends.

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.

Saint Gobain builds sustainability into new office space

Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, will incorporate some of its green building products in the renovated corporate headquarters building it will lease.

Sustainable solutions to decking problems

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

Top 10 haunted homes you can buy for Halloween

Everything from scary mansions to Dracula’s Castle to famous television show homes are on this year's Top Ten Haunted Homes for Sale list.

Tips for home improvements that drive resale values

Today homes are priced based on size or square footage, number of rooms, size of acreage, if any, and location. A house with upscale finishes and updates can command a better price or faster sale time. But which improvements pay off?

More affordable green home plans coming to market

As environmentally friendly, “green” homes become a larger part of the homebuilding landscape, San Francisco-based Houseplans.com, is helping bring that trend to life.

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Save money and energy with new Energy Star tool

The Energy Star Home Advisor tool will recommended, customized and prioritized home-improvement projects to save energy and money.

Reclaimed timber finds new life in a lake home

Custom timber frames structures using antique, FSC certified timbers were reclaimed from the industrial and agrarian structures America was built on and to put new use in a custom home.

Survey: upgrades to boost home prices by 10%

With housing prices at recent highs, it’s a great time to sell; and still-low interest rates also makes it a good time to buy a home.

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.

Stop drafts and save on home energy bills this winter

Imagine leaving the windows open all winter long - the energy loss, cold drafts and wasted energy. Overlooked holes in the home can have the same effect

Survey: remodelers gearing up for more work in 2015

A new survey shows home improvement contractors are optimistic about business in the coming year, with homeowners willing to spend more money.

A guide to money-wise & green home renovations

Did you know that one of the best ways to make your home insulated and "green" is to get your garage door up to snuff?

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.

Chicago boosts energy saving programs for apartment buildings

Apartment buildings in Chicago will be eligible for energy-efficiency improvements designed to save energy and cut costs for building owners and tenants.

Defensive building products expanding with Jersey Shore rebuild

As the weather takes a turn for the worse, unprotected lumber on building sites is vulnerable to moisture-related problems.

Tips to prep your home for winter and add value

The Appraisal Institute encourages homeowner to winterize their homes to potentially reduce energy costs, increase comfort in cold months and possibly improve resale value.

How to choose a new heating and air conditioning system

Advances in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment that offers higher efficiencies, increased comfort and improved indoor air quality make a new system an attractive alternative to an aging, inefficient system, especially one that is experiencing problems.

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.

Gas cooktops bring pro level cooking to the home kitchen

Just like the sharp lines of a Jaguar catch the eye an auto aficionado, six new gas cooktops will raise the pulse of a foodie looking for a new experience.

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.

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Remodeling a home is a great opportunity to "go green". Whether you're a homeowner or a professional remodeler, check out this Research Center for green remodeling ideas and tips.