Get inspired with 2016 paint color trends (photos)


20 brand-new captivating hues feature four designer palettes that bring impact and dimension to any living space.


High performance home insights

I was recently interviewed by MoonworksHome as part of their Expert Interview program.

Systems Built Home: Amazing design features for amazing homeowners

Systems-built homeowners adding third addition to support their green living lifestyle.


Informal research reveals the most wanted green home features.

Incorporating Eco-Friendly Materials Into Your Decor

Those of us with a flair for furnishing and an eye towards the environment often find the two clashing.

MID-MOD MESS – Energy (In)Efficiency in Mid-Century Modern

Mid 20th-century modern homes have some of the coolest design out there but they are a train wreck in terms of energy efficiency.

Historic hotel renovation uses VRF HVAC technology that can handle Chicago winters

One of the major challenges in renovating the historic Chicago Motor Club was selecting an HVAC system that could withstand Chicago's winters and preserve the historic character of the building.

6 Signs of an Aging Roof

Even with the best level of care, there will come a time when a roof will have to be replaced.

Weatherization and energy efficiency add up to good investments

Some recent studies have questioned whether federal weatherization programs were good investments, delivering more value than the cost.

Metal roofing ready to tackle, wind, rain, fire & earthquakes

Metal roofing is known as a sustainable, durable choice for many green homes. But it can also stand up to the worst that Mother Nature has to offer.

Ed Begley Jr. nearing completion on high performance green home

A long-time environmentalist, actor Ed Begley Jr. is putting the finishing touches on his new net-zero solar powered home.

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Masonry heater uses biomass for comfortable winter heat

An upstate New York family looking to be self reliant in their winter heating fuel settled on a masonry fireplace to keep their home comfortable.

Aeroseal technology seals leaks in the building envelope

Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to spray sealant throughout the walls to block up any leaks?

Report: 90% of US homes don't have enough insulation

Based on new research, roughly 90 percent of existing U.S. homes are under insulated, wasting energy, money and decreasing comfort for homeowners.

Study: 25% of New York homes are 75 years old; 7% have no wall insulation

Data from a study of 3,000 homes in New York is now available for use in identifying opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) conducted the first-of-its-kind study that compiled energy-related information...

California cities add PACE financing for green home upgrades

HERO PACE financing enables homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them through their property tax bill.

Amazing black stainless steel finishes revolutionize kitchen design

In kitchen appliances, black is the new black with the first-ever black stainless steel finishes from KitchenAid.

Study: home weatherization programs do pay off

The results of a U.S. Department of Energy study demonstrate that weatherization provides cost-effective energy savings and health and safety benefits to American families.

Spray coating gives the looks and feel of granite and stone

Natural stone is usually considered as a premier building material because of its unique character, elegance, and stability.

Can you do a Manual J HVAC calculation in less than 60 seconds?

A new tool enables contractors to leverage the power of big data to measure a home’s HVAC needs before making a house call.

Smart sensor spots water leaks quickly (video)

Unfortunately, all too often you discover a leaking sink, water heater or washing machine only after it's caused a lot of damage to your home.

Are you one of the homeowners paying thousands in hidden maintenance costs?

Homeowners say the most stressful part about owning a home is the extra or hidden costs.

Energy Star ventilation fan perfect for remodeling

Whether in new construction or a renovation taking place in a home or hotel, it's easier to install or replace a ventilation fan from below the ceiling.

Whirlpool, Kohler focus on water use at the ReNEWW House

The next phase for the ReNEWW House is to add net-zero water use in addition to net-zero energy use.

How to Boost the Resale Value of Your Home

Home buyers want to feel they’re getting something special at good value, and sellers want the highest possible return on investment.

Top 11 ways to add value to your home

With the real estate marketing heating up, it may be a good time to invest in making your home more desirable.

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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.