California's Net Zero Mandate Is Shaking Up the Home Building Industry

California's Net Zero Mandate Is Shaking Up the Home Building Industry

Under the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, the state has ambitious goals for the development of zero net energy buildings.

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Promise builds in sustainable construction

Promise builds in sustainable construction

Research forecasts market dominance for high-performance homes, buildings

2018 Kitchen Updates Address Decluttering Obsessions

2018 Kitchen Updates Address Decluttering Obsessions

Countertops, in particular, are having a real moment today as homeowners focus on decluttering surfaces for a sleek and tidy kitchen post-renovation.

5 Lighting Must-Haves for Homeowners

5 Lighting Must-Haves for Homeowners

A lighting manufacturer recently took to the streets to ask homeowners what they really wanted.

LG Launches Appliance Division for Builders

LG Launches Appliance Division for Builders

The division will provide appliances for every type of home, including different styles, functions, budget, and life-stage.

Russian Masonry Stove Heats High-Performance Home

Russian Masonry Stove Heats High-Performance Home

Many wood-burning appliances do not use wood efficiently and aren’t well suited for a high-performance house. When Chip Wick was envisioning his new home in Northport, Maine, he was inspired by using solar energy and locally-grown wood for power and heat.

Survey: Smart Homes Not Making an Impact on the Real Estate Market

Survey: Smart Homes Not Making an Impact on the Real Estate Market

Despite all the marketing muscle that has been applied to smart home products, homeowners and home buyers are taking a cautious approach so far.

Most Energy Efficient Air Conditioner in the US Goes on the Market

Most Energy Efficient Air Conditioner in the US Goes on the Market

The system provides 100 percent heating capacity down to -5 degrees Fahrenheit, for customers in the colder climates of North America.




A race against the cold

A race against the cold

As far as winters go, we’ve been pretty lucky over these past several years with fewer snowstorms and milder temperatures overall. But it looks like this winter could be a colder one, and I need to get the insulation on my new home buttoned up before the snow arrives.

A New Year’s Toast to Winery Innovation

A New Year’s Toast to Winery Innovation

Domaine de la Cressonnière in Pignans, France enlisted the consistent, self-regulating heat provided by STEP Heater to heat individual vats of wine by wrapping them with the thin, strong and flexible Nano Polycarbon membrane.

Air Sealing Leads to Record Breaking HERS Index for The New American Home

Air Sealing Leads to Record Breaking HERS Index for The New American Home

On display as part of the 2018 International Builders' Show in Orlando, The New American Home showcases industry best practices, innovative design concepts, state-of-the-art products and the latest construction techniques.

Georgia Power, PulteGroup partner for first Smart Neighborhood in Atlanta

Georgia Power, PulteGroup partner for first Smart Neighborhood in Atlanta

Community of townhomes expected to open later this year

New High Performance Building Products Debut at IBS

New High Performance Building Products Debut at IBS

More than 80,000 building professionals from across the country gathered in Orlando for the 2018 International Builders' Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show.

Show Home Designed for Multigenerational Living

Show Home Designed for Multigenerational Living

The home’s finishes, features and functionality address a need for a bold new blend of form and function to inspire families.

Arizona Homebuilder Takes The 'LEED' In Green Homebuilding

Arizona Homebuilder Takes The 'LEED' In Green Homebuilding

In 2017, Maracay introduced three neighborhoods containing homes with the opportunity for LEED certification.

ICF BIM Data Available for Building Pros

ICF BIM Data Available for Building Pros

Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is sweeping the commercial building industry. BIM is a 3-D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the tools to plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure more efficiently. Fox Blocks...

One Size Does NOT Fit All

One Size Does NOT Fit All

Electric, tankless water heaters have come a long way, providing endless hot water for all demands in your home and business.

Solar System Makes Bridge House Truly Net Zero

Solar System Makes Bridge House Truly Net Zero

Architect: "Beautiful, clean energy systems are the way of the future in custom homes."

8 Winter Maintenance Steps for Homeowners

8 Winter Maintenance Steps for Homeowners

Taking steps to properly maintain your home during the winter months will mean saving money on things like burst pipes and damaged roofs. Regular winter maintenance will also mean a more comfortable home and lower heating bills. Here are the eight most important winter maintenance tips.

2018’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle

2018’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle

WalletHub compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities across 34 key metrics, including average monthly fitness-club fee and share of physically inactive adults.

What Is the Cost of a New HVAC System?

What Is the Cost of a New HVAC System?

Your HVAC system isn't necessarily something you spend time thinking about, yet that's the feature most people are dissatisfied with after they've settled into their home. It's important to find the right heating and cooling system, and that includes finding one you can afford.

Infographic | 35 Inspiring Tiny Houses And The Families Living There

Infographic | 35 Inspiring Tiny Houses And The Families Living There

Those who live in small homes -- usually 400 square feet or smaller  -- make the tradeoff of size with other priorities in their life.

Compliment your existing tank heater with a booster

Compliment your existing tank heater with a booster

An electric, tankless water heater is a wonderful booster to compliment your existing tank heater.

Bar Carts, All-White Kitchens and Succulents Expected to Go Out of Style in 2018

Bar Carts, All-White Kitchens and Succulents Expected to Go Out of Style in 2018

Expect to see more color in kitchens next year, especially for homeowners planning to sell.

Great Green Home | Lakeside Luxury by Charles Thomas Homes

Great Green Home | Lakeside Luxury by Charles Thomas Homes

During the recession, while other builders were cutting corners to cut costs, Charles Thomas Homes decided on a different approach; energy-efficient homes that might cost a little more but would provide a lot more in terms of performance.

Modular Tiny Home Plan Designed for Style and Comfort

Modular Tiny Home Plan Designed for Style and Comfort

Though the floor plan is compact, homeowners of the Saltbox won't have to sacrifice having friends over or entertaining.




Geothermal Heating and Cooling Movement Gaining Ground

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Movement Gaining Ground

Geothermal heating and cooling has been well understood since the 1950s, but it wasn't until the 1970s that the technology was available to make it efficient and affordable.

Build with ICFs for Fire Safety

Build with ICFs for Fire Safety

In addition to energy savings and quiet comfort, another reason to build insulated concrete forms is resistance to fire.

Affordable Energy Efficient Housing Vital for Urban Redevelopment

Affordable Energy Efficient Housing Vital for Urban Redevelopment

Diverse housing stock will play an important role in the neighborhood revitalization strategy.




BeltLine Urban Redevelopment Connects Atlanta Neighborhoods

BeltLine Urban Redevelopment Connects Atlanta Neighborhoods

The BeltLine will connect 45 neighborhoods with trails and parks and has a focus on affordable housing as part of the redevelopment project.




Smart Indoor Air Quality Solutions Make Clean Air Easier

Smart Indoor Air Quality Solutions Make Clean Air Easier

Most people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, but indoor air can be more polluted than the great outdoors.

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Six Things to Look for in a Replacement Window

Six Things to Look for in a Replacement Window

There are plenty of window manufacturers offering a wide range of experience, quality and service. Many windows are available through big box retailers, but others are sold exclusively through dealers or online.  Regardless, here are some things to consider when researching replacement windows.

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Sponsor: ProVia


Battle the Elements with Resilient Homes

Battle the Elements with Resilient Homes

This white paper reviews the benefits of ICF construction and how they protect homes from severe weather and environmental events.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


Ways to Save with Your Water Heater

Ways to Save with Your Water Heater

Every step of the water-use cycle in your home consumes energy. This link between energy and water is called the water–energy nexus. Where does your home fit into the water energy nexus? This white paper looks at this connection and identifies ways to reduce hot water consumption and improve energy efficiency in your home.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bradford White Water Heaters


Fiberglass Entry Doors: High Performance Trend in Home Entryways

Fiberglass Entry Doors: High Performance Trend in Home Entryways

When a product is trending it is safe to assume that it has passed the rigors of consumer scrutiny. Such is the case of residential fiberglass entry doors. This product profile focuses on fiberglass entry doors and identifies the qualities that separate them from other options in the market today.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ProVia


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