Builder offers three home designs in net-zero solar homes

Homebuyers near the Sacramento River in California's Delta can choose from three living-space designs in new net-zero home developments. Trilogy by Shea has unveiled eight new floor plans, as well as an entirely new model gallery for attendees to experience...

FEATURES


Prefab house book gives global perspective on green building phenomenon

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.

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.

DOE recognizes Proud Green Home at Serenbe

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.

Florida development brings net zero homes to the mass market

A 148-home central Florida development may be the sign that net-zero living has gone mainstream.

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...

Solar Roofpod Update

CCNY's Solar Decathlon entry finds a permanent home.

Deep Green residence hall earns record high LEED score

Everyone from mules to students pitched in to make the dorm sustainable and comfortable.

7 projects earn international Passive House Award

Passive House winners recognized for design excellence and high-performance home building.

Proud Green Home at Serenbe making news for high performance

Found out what makes this net-zero home a favorite of green building fans.

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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.

More California towns saving water and energy with HERO program

To help residents combat the ongoing drought and reduce energy use, 24 additional California communities launched the HERO program that allows homeowners to pay for qualifiying home improvements through their property tax bill.

Energy efficient SMART community rising in Ontario

A 70-acre site in west London, Ontario, will be sustainably developed into approximately 2,000 living units and 400,000 sq. feet of commercial retail space, which will be designed to generate as much energy as it will use from renewable sources.

20 LEED homes planned for Montana reservation

The Fort Peck, Montana, reservation will be the site of 20 LEED Platinum homes for tribe members in need of housing.

Net zero construction gets a boost in New York

To encourage construction of homes that produce more energy than they consume, New York state is offering $34 million in incentives.

One home solar provider reaches 1 Mw of installed solar power

A surge in solar installation has led one solar installer to reach one megawatt of solar energy capacity installed on residential rooftops of California's east bay. This surge in solar installations helps keep California on pace to hit its Million...

Florida green home remodeling gets a financing boost

Homeowners in some Florida counties will have access to a financing pool to fund green and resilient home upgrades, with money that can be paid back through property taxes. The Florida PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Funding Agency announced that...

Home solar power decision: lease or buy?

The price of generating power at home with solar panels continues to fall, and homeowners are often faced with a choice of financing: buy or lease a solar power system. In a city such as Las Vegas, where solar incentives...

Applications open for 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods grants

Fourteen LEED for Neighborhood Development Projects will receive funding and resources through the 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program.

US boosts loans to fund green retrofits for affordable property

HUD, FHA and Fannie Mae yesterday announced their support to expand Green Preservation Plus. Formerly known as Green Refinance Plus, Green Preservation Plus supports the preservation of quality affordable multifamily housing through reform of energy and water projects that make...

Green homes making an impact on the real estate market

As peak real estate season draws near, many renters and homeowners are considering how their decisions impact the planet when they search for a new place to live. Fortunately, Homes.com offers earth-friendly attributes in its listings to help those looking...

Strategies for improving indoor air quality for asthma sufferers

Poor indoor air quality can be lethal for those who suffer from asthma. Such tragedy can be averted with some basic tips for prevention and treatment. Each year, there are more than 3,300 deaths due to asthma.

U.S. homeowners to tap $100 million in home energy loan financing

Homeowners across the United States will benefit from an innovative public-private partnership designed to make it easier to find lower-cost loans for home energy efficiency improvements. The Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans (WHEEL) opens the residential energy efficiency finance market...

Systems-built homes rising from idle house boat factories (video)

Energy efficient systems built homes are rising from the collapse of the houseboat industry in southeastern Kentucky. The Houseboat to Energy Efficient Residences (HBEER) program taps the experience of houseboat building industry in Southeastern Kentucky in the Lake Cumberland area....

Wasted home energy the top way Americans lose money

Americans waste nearly half a trillion dollars a year on wasted energy in their homes, even though there are simple steps to take to keep more of your money. On USAToday.com, Motley Fool outlined the top 20 ways Americans waste...

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