One big mistake builders make leads to poor home performance

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Think air sealing is only for cold climates? Think again. Experts in New Zealand have found that air sealing is just as important in warm climates where a lack of air sealing leads to uncontrolled heat gain in a home....

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Exteriors showroom inspires and educates homeowners and builders

Homeowners and building professionals have a new place to learn about and become inspired by a vision for their home's exterior.

Beat the heat and cold with a 60-minute DIY home energy audit

Since rising temperatures bring rising energy bills, ways to save on utility bills become top of mind – and a home energy audit is a great way to reduce costs and realize energy savings.

Remote Montana ranch installs geothermal system, minimizes disturbance to landscape

When Energy 1, a build and design firm, looked to bring energy efficiency to a remote Montana ranch, the company had to do so in such a way as not to disturb the pristine landscape and environmental richness of the area.

Ply Gem launches first Designed Exterior showroom

To give homeowners and building professionals a single location to learn about and become inspired for exterior building products, Ply Gem opened its first Designed Exterior Showroom in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Century old home in North Carolina retrofitted with geothermal

ClimateMaster units have played a key role in transforming a century old home in Raleigh, N.C., into an example of inefficiency turnaround.

Southface creates green building certification program for historic buildings

Preservation of historic buildings across the southeast will be eligible for the new green building certification program launched with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Southface. The Atlanta-based organizations partnered to create the nation’s first green building certification program...

Deck Building Decisions: Wood or Plastic?

While your ultimate goal may be to have a comfortable, cozy and beautiful deck that can act as a sanctuary for your in the cool summer evenings, all of it comes after smart decisions. If you’re planning to build a...

How to select high performance windows for your home

Take control of high heating costs by using high-performance, energy-efficient windows in your home.

7 projects earn international Passive House Award

Passive House winners recognized for design excellence and high-performance home building.

LED lighting upgrades shine new light on historic Wright homes

Modern lighting design blends with iconic architectural heritage. 

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Insulated glass options boost window performance

Many IGUs have the ENERGY STAR designation and as a result, can reduce household energy costs by as much as 15 percent. This can result in saving as much as $500 a year on utility bills.

Multifamily housing often wastes energy without green investment

Recent research shows multifamily housing often lacks energy efficient features, but some developers are making a difference for low-income families.

A simple solution for a hot home

In hot months, attic ventilation is important for two reasons: 1) it keeps your attic cool by eliminating heat buildup and 2) it prolongs the life of your roof by preventing early failure of roof materials.

Home Innovation Research Labs recognizes NGBS Green Partners of Excellence

Green building is a growing part of the residential construction industry, and Home Innovation Research Labs recognized 30 NGBS Green Partners for their outstanding contributions to advancing green building in their communities.

Wink smart home automation platform expands to 60 devices

From window shades to water sprinklers, the Wink home automation platform expanded the set of connected devices to almost 60 products available through The Home Depot

More California towns saving water and energy with HERO program

To help residents combat the ongoing drought and reduce energy use, 24 additional California communities launched the HERO program that allows homeowners to pay for qualifiying home improvements through their property tax bill.

Green retrofits will save millions for NYC multifamily complex

Luxury apartments on Roosevelt Island in New York City underwent a $7.4 million green retrofit, thanks to government financing and incentives.

Does your home measure up? Top characteristics that sell homes

Making the right home improvements can pay off when it comes time to sell, but which ones attract homebuyers? The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Characteristics of Homes Built in 2013 Report show that homeowners prefer the pleasure...

Demand growing for reclaimed timbers in green building projects

Building professionsals are looking to reclaimed wood from tear downs as a way to incorporate a rustic design texture as well as green building concepts into their new projects. One provider of reclaimed timbers, New Energy Works, has seen a...

Historic home nearing goal of net-zero after deep green remodeling

A 110-year-old home is on its way to becoming a net-zero home thanks to a deep green remodel that’s still in progress. When Matt Grocoff and his wife, Kelly, bought a 110 year old Folk-Victorian home in Ann Arbor’s Old...

Tax credits for home energy upgrades in force for 2014

Qualified U.S. homeowners can take advantage of tax incentives for adding energy efficient features to their homes in 2014. The good folks at RESNet offer a good overview of the federal tax incentives available for the 2014 tax season.

Does your project have the worst subfloor in America? Take a photo and win

Turn a nightmare project into a winner with the Worst Subfloor photo contest.

Florida green home remodeling gets a financing boost

Homeowners in some Florida counties will have access to a financing pool to fund green and resilient home upgrades, with money that can be paid back through property taxes. The Florida PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Funding Agency announced that...

Weatherizing every U.S. home could save $33 billion in energy costs

Building code leaders have called for weatherization programs to reduce energy consumption and make homes safer. As part of the public safety awareness campaign for Building Safety Month in May, the International Code Council (ICC), the final week focus is...

5 signs your home insulation needs replaced

When insulation goes bad it can create a problem throughout your entire home. Clean Crawls, an attic cleaning and home insulation company, outlined the problems that could lead to the need to replace insulation in your home, such as insulation...

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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.