When a homeowner or building professional searches for building products, there are many ways to go green. In addition to energy-saving options look for products with green attributes throughout the lifecycle of a product.
For anyone considering a green home project, take time out to consider the fast-growing world of prefab and systems built homes. With her new book Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes around the Globe, author Sheri Koones opens the door on this global phenomenon.
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.
Building on the success of the ABC Green Home 1.0, the 2.0 version of the green building demonstration home will be built and donated to a disabled veteran through Habitat for Humanity.
The U.S. Department of Energy recognized the Proud Green Home at Serenbe as the first DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in the state of Georgia.
With the rapid growth in popularity of metal roofing, there has been a rise in variety of styles and types. If you find yourself trying to figure your way through them all, here are some important basics to keep in mind.
If you’re purchasing a roof for a new or older home, you will be faced with many decisions. It’s easy unfortunately to make those decisions and then, when you get down to signing a contract with the roofing installer, just signing whatever they put in front of you.
Using energy-saving materials to improve your home is a cost-effective strategy that brings both personal and environmental benefits. According to the U.S.
Switching to cool roofs could help commercial and residential buildings in Mexico realize typical energy savings of around 7% and 18%, respectively. A national study conducted in Mexico as part of a comprehensive "Cool Roofs Action Plan" developed through support...
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When you replace your home’s roof, you also want to pay close attention to any chimneys that your home has. Chimneys require periodic maintenance and performing that maintenance is often heavy, aggressive work.
An 18-unit townhouse development provides green living in affordable housing for low-income residents of North Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Fairmount Avenue Townhomes were designed for the Chattanooga Housing Authority to provide low-income housing in the desirable North Chattanooga Neighborhood. HK Architects...
Ply Gem added engineered slate roofing to its product line earlier this year, and is expanding distribution to serve building professionals in the eastern U.S.
Ply Gem will partner with distribution company Parksite, Inc. to supply Ply Gem’s new Engineered Slate Roofing.
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.
Residential cool roofing technology has come a long way in recent years with the addition of darker, more dramatic colors and advanced reflective pigments that significantly reduce heat transferred into a house. According to the U.S. government’s Energy-Star program, Americans...
During National Home Improvement Month in May, professional contractor Mark Clement offers tips to upgrade a home's curb appeal, which will increase the value of a house and make a positive impact on visitors. "According to Remodeling magazine's 2014 Cost...
The market for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), in which solar cells are integrated into roofing materials such as tile and shingles, is expected to boom along with the market for renewable energy. According to a new report from Transparency Market...
More and more homeowners are choosing to add solar power to their high-performance homes, but they may overlook an important factor: the roof under the solar panels.
U.S. homeowners are warming up to the value of solar or photovoltaic (PV) power.
When roofer Troy Brown got involved in the re-roofing project of a 1921 home in Lynchburg, Va., he was in for quite a history lesson. The house was designed by architect Stanhope Johnson in 1918 and required massive renovation work...
For hot climates, a cool roof helps cut cooling loads but it’s not always possible to replace a roof. A new reflective coating product can be applied to an existing roof to get the benefits of a cool roof without...
After a rough winter with record-breaking low temperatures and snowfall amounts, homeowners across the Midwest are preparing for potentially devastating spring weather that can come with high winds, hail and strong storms. In 2013 many homeowners, especially those in Texas,...
When you look at a home, what's one of the most prominent features that's also one of the most overlooked? The roof.
Because of its prominence, the roof sets the tone for the rest of the style of the home. Cedar shakes complete a New England salt box.
Your family home could be the next to receive the ultimate facelift from CertainTeed Corporation. North America's leading brand of building products has begun its hugely popular annual call for video entries from homeowners to showcase their wish lists for...
Energy efficiency and durability make metal roofing a good choice for green homes.
A roof does more for your home than keep the rain out. It's an integral part of a home's building envelope.
There's nothing like a bit of shade on a hot summer day. A brief respite from the heat of the sun can make all the difference in how you feel.
The same thing is true for your home.
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The transformation of a 1932 beach home in South Salem, N.Y. has neighbors green with envy.