Green builders collaborate to build high performance home

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The Proud Green Home of St. Louis is under construction to deliver sustainable benefits to its owners and to educate and inspire building professionals and consumers about the benefits of building and living green.

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How to choose energy efficient windows and doors

Take control of home energy costs by using high-performance, energy-efficient windows and doors in your home.

Are Plantation Shutters a Good Long Term Investment?

Plantation shutters offer a way to allow fresh air flow while protecting a home's interior.

Proud Green Home of St. Louis will inspire and educate on green residential construction

Following the success of the first Proud Green Home, the Proud Green Home of St. Louis, a sustainable home designed to meet an array of green building standards, is under construction to inspire and educate the market nationwide about the benefits of building green homes.

9 ways to use sunlight in a home

If you are considering ways to bring natural light into your home, keep these ideas in mind.

Exteriors showroom inspires and educates homeowners and builders

Homeowners and building professionals have a new place to learn about and become inspired by a vision for their home's exterior.

Beat the heat and cold with a 60-minute DIY home energy audit

Since rising temperatures bring rising energy bills, ways to save on utility bills become top of mind – and a home energy audit is a great way to reduce costs and realize energy savings.

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.

Ply Gem launches first Designed Exterior showroom

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.

Net Zero test home ends the year with energy to spare

After one of the toughest winters in recent years, the net-zero energy test house in suburban Washington, D.C., not only absorbed winter's best shot, it came out on top, reaching its one-year anniversary on July 1 with enough surplus energy to power an electric car for about 1,440 miles.

ABC Green Home 2.0 ready to break ground

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.

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Check out the latest hot home building products

The PCBC show honored homebuilding's latest and greatest products with the Parade of Products Awards.

Cost effective green building starts with energy efficient windows

To understand much of what makes a green home so efficient, look no further than its windows.

Open the secrets behind an energy-efficient door

It's opened and closed thousands of times each year, but do homeowners really know what’s inside their front door?

Window films deliver an extra layer of efficiency

To manage solar heat gain through windows, window film offers an ideal solution for architects, building project managers, and business and homeowners who seek to make buildings and homes visually appealing, environmentally friendly and cost efficient. Eastman Chemical Company’s IQue...

Insulated glass options boost window performance

Many IGUs have the ENERGY STAR designation and as a result, can reduce household energy costs by as much as 15 percent. This can result in saving as much as $500 a year on utility bills.

Skylights let the sunshine and fresh air into your home

Filling your home with daylight and fresh air may be simpler than it seems with solar powered, Energy Star rated skylights.

Wink smart home automation platform expands to 60 devices

From window shades to water sprinklers, the Wink home automation platform expanded the set of connected devices to almost 60 products available through The Home Depot

Hurricane-proof windows tested by a 2x4 shot out of a cannon (video)

If an object hits a window and shatters during a storm, wind and water get into the home causing further damage as well as potential harm to anyone inside.

Euro-style windows gain Passive House certification

One of the key features in a Passive House design is the high-performance windows. But Not just any old windows will do.

Healthy home demo features indoor air quality strategies

Why is a healthy home important? The EPA has said that 46 percent of homes, commercial buildings and schools have an indoor air quality problem due to moisture and mold. LEED indicates in their Green Apple Campaign that 15,000 schools in the U.S.

Interior window lightshelves harvest daylight and block heat

For a room filled with natural light, fabric lightshelves overcomes the shortcomings associated with conventional shades and provide energy savings, too.

Fresh air skylights more affordable with rebates and tax breaks

Fresh air skylights that use solar-powered motors to open and close can help save money and let the sun shine in your home. VELUX America has launched a cash rebate offer to consumers to make its top-of-the-line venting fresh air...

Tax credits for home energy upgrades in force for 2014

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.

Hurricane season 2014: are your windows ready?

Although the 2014 hurricane season forecast from the experts at Colorado State University predicts a slower season than normal, it’s smart to prepare your home for severe weather. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry. All it takes...

NAHB: popular features improve the performance of your home

To kick off National Home Remodeling Month in May, NAHB released the survey results which highlight the most common building features that home owners are using to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. According to a new National Association...

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