Solar Decathlon 2015 features the latest in high performance homes (video)

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Excitement is building as 20 new collegiate teams prepare to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015, slated for October 8-18 in Irvine, California.

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PRO CHOICE – GREEN HOME FAVES OF THE PROS

Informal research reveals the most wanted green home features.

Production builder uses green demonstration homes for R&D

KB Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the United States, uses its high performance demonstration homes to refine the building practices and technologies that find their way into production homes.

White House reveals clean energy commitments

President Obama unveiled a set of impressive private and public sector commitments aimed at accelerating the nation’s transition to a cleaner and more productive energy economy.

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.

Ready to live green? The greenest home in Seattle is on the market

The first speculative Emerald Star certified home in Seattle goes net zero energy with solar panels and innovative building science.

Google enters home solar space with Project Sunroof tool

Google is focusing its data and mapping prowess on the home solar power market with the launch of Project Sunroof to provide homeowners with custom solar information.

Net zero questions answered

There are lots of questions surrounding green home certification programs, but there's one answer that may be better than all the others.

Take a look at how wind turbines work

With wind power contributing more the nation's renewable energy sources, it's cool to see what's behind those massive wind turbine blades.

Long and short term benefits of solar power at home

With solar energy on the rise, a hope for a sustainable future isn’t just near--it’s here.

Consider Scientific Building Standards for your next home

There are many options available for those who want to build to Scientific Building Standards.

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All electric Tesla Model S P85D is the best vehicle tested – ever

Driving an electric vehicle doesn't have to mean compromising on performance, at least with the Tesla Model S P85D version.

Electric meter technology reduces cost of solar power installation

Renewable Meter Adapters technology significantly reduces the cost for many customers installing residential rooftop solar.

First multi-story building certified to Passive House Plus with renewable energy

A new apartment building in Innsbruck, Austria was the first of its kind to be certified as a Passive House Plus building.

LG And Borrego Solar collaborate on commercial solar installations

To keep up with demand for commercial solar power projects LG Electronics USA and Borrego Solar Systems Inc. have expanded their collaboration.

Solar industry applauds EPA’s clean power plan

Calling President Obama’s signature climate change policy both “historic” and “critically needed,” the solar industry issued its strong support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

Mixed-use apartment complex aims for LEED Platinum

A new LEED Platinum-designed apartment building will create some of the most sustainable, livable, and innovative mixed-use buildings in the Pacific Northwest.

Minnesota solar program offers hedge against utility cost increases

A planned Community Solar Garden will work as a long-term hedge against rising electricity costs of 3-6 percent each year, depending the utility provider.

New paint additive turns any surface into a solar panel

A new additive for paints, coatings and flooring could transform any surface into a solar energy receptor.

Hawaii enacts first 100% renewable energy requirement

Hawaii enacted a law earlier this year that requires all of the state's electricity to be produced from renewable energy sources no later than 2045.

Study highlights cost benefits of solar power

The spread of solar power has brought benefits across the country, and there's a new way to find the impact in each state.

Minnesota residents have access to new community solar program

A community solar garden allows residents to support renewable energy and save on their utility costs.

California leads in solar capacity in US and world

California has become the first state in the nation to top 10,000 megawatts (MW) of installed solar capacity, according to the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report.

Net zero development uses high performance windows

Eco Village, the largest passive house development in the U.S. is adding 40 units that will meet the Passive House standard.

The shared economy can now reduce your electric bill

A new peer-to-peer network allows everyone to participate in solar energy (on someone else's roof) and cut their electricity costs.

Charge electric vehicles with home solar power bundle

Electric vehicle drivers can take advantage of a bundled solar power system and smart grid electric charging station.

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