US solar power boomed over the past 10 years

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From the end of 2004 through the end of 2014, the deployment of solar energy in the United States grew at an unprecedented rate.

FEATURES


Geothermal Day set to raise consumer awareness for ground-source heat pump benefits

To expand consumer awareness regarding the science, practice and benefits of geothermal-based heating and cooling in North America, Bosch Thermotechnology has launched a wide ranging public awareness and educational campaign.

Millennials are willing to pay more for energy efficiency

Home builders often talk about the increasing desire among Millennials for energy-efficient homes. Those home builders are hearing it for a reason.

Green building Q&A: plastics industry delivers energy efficiency innovations

As building codes require greater levels of efficiency, the building products industry is responding with innovations that will help make homes greener.

Prepare for bad weather with a concrete form storm shelter kit

With severe storms becoming more common in many parts of the country, an easy-to-build concrete form storm shelter can provide peace of mind - and safety.

Eco-friendly residential wood products at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show

The 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City was bustling with design professionals, homeowners, and product representatives.

Cut greenhouse gas emissions with propane appliances

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, residential use accounts for more than one-fifth of the nation’s total energy consumption.

Multifamily building leading housing recovery and HVAC market

The 2008-09 recession, with its accompanying tidal wave of foreclosures, rendered many individuals and families leery about undertaking a new single-family home purchase.

Residential housing market gains driving HVAC market growth

The economic downturn has changed the nature of residential building and the market for residential and commercial HVAC systems.

New expansion valve delivers precise control for HVAC-R systems

A fast-responding refrigerant expansion valve delivers mass flow control for retrofit and OEM applications.

Is going solar affordable for homes & small business?

A few years ago the question 'is going solar affordable for homes and small businesses?' would have seemed like a joke.

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NEWS


Materials Health Certificates help eliminate chemicals of concern from building life cycle

The Material Health Certificate Registry is a new online tool for identifying and communicating the work of manufacturers toward chemically optimized products.

Responsive Home project targets millennial homebuyers

The Responsive Home will be built for today's younger buyers, influenced by a survey of millennials where 83 percent stated that they are seeking more space and 71 percent want to personalize their home, in a familiar yet reimagined American dream.

Americans face community design-related barriers to living healthy lives

Many Americans face significant community design-related barriers to living a healthy life, according to a new report.

Home renewable market supporting Tesla home battery storage

To bring its home battery storage system to the market, Tesla Motors has partnered with companies on integration and marketing for consumers.

Bosch launches geothermal awareness campaign

Bosch Thermotechnology has launched a campaign to create awareness of geothermal heating and cooling as an unlimited, renewable form of energy to boost greater adoption in the marketplace.

Pent-up demand drives remodeling growth

The combination of homeowners' desire for improvements in their homes and a more stable economy is turning into solid business conditions for home remodelers.

Solarcity and Nest partner to make cost savings even easier for homeowners

To boost home solar power performance, SolarCity and Nest Labs have offered a free Nest Thermostat to 10,000 customers in California.

US adds record solar electric generating capacity and solar jobs

Solar power installations represented 32 percent of new electric generating capacity in 2014, boosting overall installed capacity of 20 gigawatts.

EPA honors 2015 Energy Star Partners of the year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) honored 128 businesses and organizations in 33 states with the Energy Star’s Partner of the Year award.

LEED recognizes Living Building Challenge requirements

The U.S. Green Building Council will now recognize energy and water requirements from the Living Building Challenge (the Challenge) green building system within the LEED green building program.

Green building project uses humidity data loggers to train students

Students in a residential energy technology program are using temperature/humidity loggers to scientifically track green building practices.

Green homes still troubling for real estate appraisers

One of the roadblocks to valuing high performance homes is to reflect the lower utility costs and durability of a home in the appraisal.

New US Passive House Standard debuts

Originally developed in Germany, the Passive House building standard has been gaining ground in North America, but many building professionals felt it did not offer enough flexibility for the diverse climate zones.

5 tips for choosing the right solar panel installer

Making the important decision to include solar power as a home source of energy is a valuable investment.

New online tool to learn more about comfort, health and safety of homes

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) has introduced an online resource for homeowners who care about the comfort, health and safety of their homes.

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