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Mercedes-Benz Launches Home Energy Storage System

This is Mercedes-Benz Energy's first collaboration with a U.S. solar provider, bringing its premium, high-performance, road-tested technology for home

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Remodeled Barn Blends Rustic and Contemporary Styles

The project simply known as “The Barn” blends country and contemporary with transcendent results.

How to Flash Windows to Avoid Leaks

For builders looking for a way to keep water from entering a home, flexible flashing tape can seal problem areas like windows.

Harvard HouseZero Project Requires No HVAC or Daytime Electric Light

The renovation of the stick-built house will demonstrate how to transform this challenging building stock into a prototype of ultra-efficiency.

Disabled Vet Moves into New Smart Home

The home for Sgt. Walkup was built to make his life at home as seamless as it could be with customized design features and smart home technology.

Green Home Taps the Earth for Geothermal Heating and Cooling

One of the key energy-efficiency strategies for the Proud Green Home of Louisville is the use of geothermal heating and cooling.

Sponsor: Enertech Global, LLC


Trendy Black Finish Redefines Window Style

Many homeowners today seek to coordinate finishes and hardware in matching colors to create a streamlined look in kitchens, baths and throughout the home.

Tiny Modular Homes Win Industry Honor

This development was created under firm constraints set by local zoning officials.

DOE: 3 Technologies that Will Make Your Home Smarter

The rise of internet-connected devices, from phones to thermostats, is changing the way we live, work, and commute.

Builders Can Tap Into ICF Training

As building codes become stricter in many states, building pros can take advantage of free educational opportunities to keep pace.

Green Gab Podcast | The Tools for My Home – Appliances!

Appliances help us do so many things in our homes from food prep and storage to all sorts of cleaning tasks in our households. It’s an added benefit when these appliances do even more than just their job by doing it with less energy, water and/or resources.

Sustainable California Development Opens for Construction

This transformational community will offer new home neighborhood options for both 55+ and all-age buyers.

Great Green Home | Hyland Village by Thrive Home Builders

Teaming with the U.S. Department of Energy has been a successful partnership for Denver-based production builder Thrive Home Builders.

Effective Path to Passive House Standards

One of the key components of the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) standards is a tight building envelope. There are many paths to achieve the standard, confirmed with a blower door test to measure the air changes per hour that a home can acheive.

Project Management for Comfort from Kitchen to HVAC

If you’ve been following this blog you know I’m a big fan of good project management. My wife and I know what we want the home we’re building to feel like to live in, but with all the new technology, building products and techniques available, we have really focused on the results we want and sought out experts to guide us.

Affordable Passive House Model Uses Prefab Insulated Walls

Providing housing quickly, cost-effectively and sustainably is a global challenge.

Understanding Rainscreen Design for Home Exteriors

A rainscreen is essentially an extra layer of skin attached to the building to protect the main wall from harsh weather.

Five must-haves for your bathroom remodel

While bathrooms don’t require facelifts as often as some Hollywood celebs, chances are if you have not changed anything in your bathrooms except the towels in the past 20 years, you should consider a fresh look.

Utilizing Raised-Heel Trusses will Improve HERS Rating

We already know that raised-heel trusses save you time. But raised-heel trusses can also save you material and money.

New Jersey High Rise Powered with Smart Controls

Real estate developers are doing everything they can to differentiate their apartment buildings as fashionable living centers for people of all ages.

How Nanoparticles are Differentiated from Other Heating Options

Nanoparticles, the microscopic particles having a very high surface area to volume ratio, will likely be your source to future heating comfort and efficiency.

National Homebuilder Offers Apple HomeKit in New Homes

Using Apple's Siri interface or apps, homeowners easily control HomeKit-connected devices so that they work smarter.

1st Certified Passive House PLUS to Start Construction in Vancouver

The two story residence uses up to 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling than a code-built home.

What are the Differences between Natural Gas and Propane Water Heaters?

Depending on where you live, your home may have the option of having a water heater that uses propane or natural gas. What's the difference?

7 Strategies to Keep In Mind When Building a Green Home

Many homeowners are looking for ways to live more sustainably. Green homes provide a solution to many of environmental challenges by saving energy, reducing water consumption, and protecting human health. When properly constructed they can save money, enhance comfort, and promote health by avoiding exposure to toxins and contaminants.


Solar Power Pays Off in 10 Midwest Cities

Listings in these cities that mention “solar power” sell at a price premium when compared to listings that don’t mention “solar power.”

Building Resilient Homes

With severe weather events on the rise, it makes sense to make sure your home is prepared for the worst that Mother Nature has to throw at it.

Great Green Home | The Saragossa Innovation Home by Habitat for Humanity

The South Sarasota Habitat for Humanity affiliate has constructed 21 DOE Zero Energy Ready-labeled homes to date including one home, the Saragossa Innovation Home in Venice, Florida, that won a 2016 DOE Housing Innovation Award.

Comfort is Coming Along with Window and Electrical Selections

Even though we’re nowhere near finished building our eco-friendly home, at least we can say we’re weather tight! Framing and insulation went well, windows are in, and electrical work has been planned out.

Modular Home Builder Introduces Tiny Home Line

This small modular home is designed for permanent living.

ICFs Featured in Multifamily Housing Project

A 220-unit apartment complex under construction in Charleston, South Carolina utilizes insulated concrete form (ICF) construction

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Nanotechnology: The Future of Proven, Efficient Home Heating and Comfort

Nanotechnology research has been rapidly intensifying in several fields such as biomedical, optical and electronics. Now it is being used to create an efficient heating source inside of homes and buildings. The white paper explains what nanotechnology is and how it is transforming the way we heat our living spaces.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor




Top Features to Look for in a Residential Water Heater

A water heater is one of those home appliances you don't think about until it's not working properly. With comfort and energy costs in mind, choosing the right water heater is a big step. Here are a few things to think about in selecting your next water heater.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bradford White Water Heaters




Boost Hot Water Output With an Easy, Economical Add-On

We expect it to be there at the turn of the faucet; when it isn’t, it can be frustrating to say the least. A small point-of-use, tankless water heater might be the right solution for you. This white paper explores one way to boost the output of your hot water system.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: EcoSmart Green Energy Products




Creating a Building Envelope That Beats Code

In order to build a high performance home, builders need to embrace new technologies and techniques. The results can be greatly improved over traditional approaches. This white paper takes a look at some of the top things homebuilders should consider in choosing a wall system for the best building envelope.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


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