Strict Vancouver green building codes may price renovations out of the market

In January 2015, new building codes take effect in Vancouver that could make it tougher to renovate existing homes. The new codes contain a wide range of requirements aimed a making building more accessible for the handicapped and making houses...

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Demand control pumps could help battle water shortages

It's no secret the Western United States is facing severe water shortages that could have consequences for the entire country and the world. But there is one remedy that could dramatically save water in homes in the region, as well as around the world: the demand control pump.

App helps California consumers track water use to fight drought

In the midst of California's worst drought in decades, a new mobile and web app gives consumers access to their daily water consumption data.

Proud Green Home at Serenbe named DOE Innovation Award winner

The Proud Green Home at Serenbe has been named a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Housing Innovation Award Winner for 2014 in the Custom Category.

Soccer and sustainability share the spotlight

The FIFA World Cup drew attention all across the globe this Summer, as it has every four years. However, this time, Soccer and Sustainability shared the spotlight. You may not know it, but this was the first World Cup to place a heavy emphasis on green building, construction, and operation.

Recycled storage lockers become new smart home

A recycled storage building is now a luxury residence connected with smart home technology.

Early registration opens for Green Homes Summit 2014

Sign up for the Green Homes Summit, August 22-23 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to learn the latest and best information regarding green home building.

Builders face challenges in selling the green home story

It can be difficult to convince home buyers of the value of investing in energy-efficient and healthy homes that may come at a premium price compared to homes of similar size in the same market. But some forward-thinking homebuilders are doing it any way.

Sustainability literacy graduation requirement is USGBC’s goal for 2040

National education initiative aims to help schools operate sustainably while students learn about it.

Green home buyers can connect with real estate agents in Southern California

Home buyers looking for a home in Southern California with energy efficient, green features can connect with knowledgeable real estate agents on a new consumer website from The Energy Network. The Energy Network, a local government organization administered by the...

Study: cool roofs could save energy for Mexico

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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Green home building market expanding in Australia

The market for green building and renovation is taking off in Australia as homeowners come to value high-performance homes that are easier on the budget.

China surpasses Germany as world's biggest solar market

According to a new report, China has taken the top spot as the world's biggest market for solar powe

Are you missing the connection between Shark Week and green building?

Shark Week, the long-running summer Discovery Channel event devoted to all things shark, may seem to have a tenuous connection to green building.

Leaders launch Colorado new solar home initiative

Builders and solar energy leaders launched a Colorado New Solar Home initiative that would make it easier for builders to include solar options for all home buyers in new subdivisions. Officials from leading home builders and the solar industry said...

Building science behind the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

The development of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis highlights just how far green building science has advanced.

Recycling turns water bottles into mosaic floor tiles

A Brazilian startup launched recycled PET tiles for environment friendly construction. The Rivesti Ecological Tiles help cut building costs by generating savings in labor and material.

Solar energy ready to help states meet air quality targets

Replacing fossil fuel electricity generating capacity with solar power will help states meet new carbon pollution targets, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Generate electricity at home with a plant-oil CHP system

An innovative 'trigeneration' system fueled entirely by raw plant oils could have great potential for homes and businesses to operate off the grid with a renewable energy source.

NAHB revamps its Green Awards for 2014

With the new integrated Green Awards program, The NAHB gives industry professionals the opportunity to be recognized across several awards programs for their green building accomplishments, rather than entering one standalone awards program.

US tariff decision could push up the price of solar power

As the U.S. Department of Commerce releases the proposed anti-dumping duty on imported solar panels, solar panel makers say that Americans will pay more to generate their own electricity.

Hybrid solar geothermal heating and cooling system wins patent

With performance proven in an award-winning net-zero home, a hybrid solar-geothermal heating and cooling system was awarded a U.S. patent.

Defensive builders use engineered wood to fight insects and mold

For building professionals faced with challenging environments, defensive building may the answer to fight decay, insects and mold.

Choose your next home based on the commute time

For homebuyers looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact, a new service delivers information on drive times from listed properties to common destinations.

Modular home company rolls out floor plans for Tiny House designs

Consumers are realizing that buying larger homes requires taking out a larger mortgage and straining the daily budget. Tiny houses are a solution to this problem because they offer budget flexibility and simple, efficient layouts.

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.

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