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Beautify Your Home With 2017 Kitchen & Bathroom Trends

Turn your home into an Instagram-worthy living space without breaking the bank.

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2017 Landscaping Trends: Make a Statement with a New Front Yard

When cultivating curb appeal, it’s all about the plants.

NGBS Celebrates Green Home Certification Milestone

The 100,000th NGBS Green Certified home is part of Proffitt Dixon’s Peyton Stakes apartment community in Nashville, Tenn.

Check Out High Tech Plumbing Fixtures in Designer Showrooms

To help consumers and building professionals choose the right kitchen and bathroom product for homes, two plumbing fixture companies have opened new showrooms.

3 Ways Building A Tiny House Is Easy and Environmentally Responsible

Human beings have a natural liking for things in miniature.

ICFs Meet Demand for Resilient Homes

High tech concrete forms have proven technologies to make building easier and faster.

Decorative Doorglass Improves Your Home's Energy Efficiency, Curb Appeal

Whether you’re a homeowner looking to transform your curb appeal or one who’s looking to find new ways to help increase your energy efficiency, Decorative Doorglass is a beautiful option that satisfies both desires without sacrificing either.

ICFs Score Well in Life Cycle Analysis

Which do you think costs more: constructing a building or operating it? For both residential and commercial construction, the answer is operating the building. Research shows the larger environmental impacts in a life cycle assessment (LCA) are from the production...

Mold & Dust Mites: How Your Basement Impacts Home Air Quality

Posted by Sarah Lozanova Did you know that many of the indoor air quality issues in a home originate in the crawl space or basement? Unfortunately, basement air is frequently the most compromised air in the house, and contaminants commonly...


Affordable Net-Zero Homes Enter North America's Northern Metropolis

Landmark Homes now comfortably uses affordable and net zero home in the same sentence.

Balance, Systems, and Field Knowledge

"Eco-friendly" simply means a home's design minimizes environmental impacts. Designs differ, such as whether materials are chosen based on how they're sourced or produced, and how they impact the home's carbon footprint. For our new home my wife and I looked for a balance between sustainability and a comfortable living space.

Tips to Make your Move Easier

No one likes moving—it’s a disruptive process that takes a huge investment of time and energy. While it’s never going to be fun, there are ways you can make your move easier for you and your family.

Leaky Outdoor Faucets Are History (Video)

The House Hydrants are touted as the reinvention of the outdoor tap.

ICFs Behind the Walls of Dream Waterfront House

In Sydney, Australia, insulated concrete forms helped successful entrepreneur Drew Muirhead build a home that reflected the Balinese resorts he loved.

Affordable Housing Winner Built With SIPs (Video)

With dramatic 12 foot ceilings, this energy-efficient home exemplifies an energy-efficient modern design made possible with SIPs.

Busting Four Myths About Net-Zero Homes

There are still some myths out there that are keeping people from pursuing a net zero home.

Zero Energy Ready Certified Homes Passes 1000 (Video)

The DOE promotes ZERH homes as "the home of the future," a home that lives, works, and lasts better.

Unusual Low Voltage Wall Light Debuts (Video)

New low voltage lighting technology makes it easier to produce striking visual effects, aided by 3D printing technology.

Great Green Home | Revive Sustainable Multifamily Living by Philgreen Construction

The modern, three-story highly insulated townhomes at the REVIVE community in Fort Collins, Colorado have geothermal heating and cooling and a shed roof pitched at just the right angle to maximize solar electric production from the roof-mounted photovoltaic panels. The townhomes received a 2016 DOE Housing Innovation Award.

Easy Installation of Efficient Radiant Heat in Existing Homes without Remodeling

Oftentimes, radiant heating systems are installed with new construction or when replacing carpeting and other flooring material, or during a remodeling project. The thin, 1.2 mm, STEP Warmfloor heating membrane that utilizes low voltage energy, can be cut and easily...

Prefab Passive House Assembled On Site in 1 Week

Regardless of the weather outside, this 21st Century approach to home building reduces energy consumption by 80 to 90 percent.

Survey: Homeowners Giving Up Formal Dining Rooms

Thirteen percent of the respondents say they’ve ditched the dining room furniture to make space for yoga or serious arts and crafts.

Ply Gem Announces HGTV Smart Home 2017 Sponsorship

The luxury home located in Scottsdale, Arizona, will spotlight Simonton’s quality windows products.

NAHB: Average Builder Uses 10 Different Green Products and Practices

Energy efficient windows ranked at the top of the list of green products commonly used by most builders.

The 2017 Theme for World Water Day is ‘Wastewater’

The 2017 theme for World Water Day is ‘Wastewater’. The Bio-Microbics team created a video of people saying “Better Water.

Oregon Net Zero Home Earns First Living Building Challenge Residential Certification

Developed by the International Living Future Institute, the Living Building Challenge certification requires actual, rather than modeled or anticipated, performance.

Do You Live in a Smart Home City?

Some American cities are “smarter” than others according to a new survey.

Should I Invest in an Energy Star Water Heater?

According to Energy Star, there are two reasons to consider high-efficiency water heaters: saving money and helping the environment.

Low-E Doorglass Reduces Heat Loss, Blocks UV Rays

Houses, especially older ones that are poorly insulated, are prone to letting in unwanted cold air. Add increased inefficiency when doorglass panels are installed incorrectly and heat escapes, and you might be a very unsatisfied homeowner during the cold winter months.

Poor Indoor Air Quality Hurts Productivity

Studies have linked worker productivity, mood, and cognitive function to indoor air quality, but ventilation solutions exist for healthier indoor air.

SIPs Building Excellence Winners Announced

The awards reflect the judges' evaluation of projects on four criteria.

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A Guide to Choosing a Tankless Water Heater for a Home or Commercial Building

Tankless water heaters are an affordable, high performance alternative to other options such as traditional tank water heaters or boilers. This guide will help you understand the world of tankless water heaters and the advantages that they provide to homes and buildings.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: Noritz




Choose a Condensing Water Heater for Energy Efficiency

For homeowners and builders looking to install an energy efficient water heater, there is a wide range of choices on the market today. One of the top options is the condensing gas water heater, which offers a higher level of efficiency and comfort in both tank and tankless types.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bradford White Water Heaters




High Performance Homes, No More Cost

This Best Practices document will provide many new real-world strategies and approaches to building a better high performance home without additional cost.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: EEBA




Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future

Today’s leading decentralized wastewater systems have closed that gap between the capabilities and performance of conventional wastewater treatment systems. Decentralized wastewater systems are pre-designed for collection, treatment, and dispersal/reuse of wastewater at or near the point of waste generation.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bio-Microbics


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