Developers and Builders Going All In on Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Developers and Builders Going All In on Geothermal Heating and Cooling

A growing number of homebuilders and developers are using geothermal HVAC to differentiate their homes and neighborhoods in the tight new home market.

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Habitat for Humanity Adopts High Performance Home Building

Habitat for Humanity Adopts High Performance Home Building

Low cost of living is just as important as the purchase cost.




Build with ICFs in Cold Climates

Build with ICFs in Cold Climates

Using insulated concrete forms for walls and/or foundations can help builders extend their building season, and deliver energy-efficient buildings as well.

5 Steps to Plan Your Home Remodeling Job

5 Steps to Plan Your Home Remodeling Job

Whether it’s a total home renovation or a simple room addition there is one thing that all remodels have in common, no matter their complexity—without planning they can quickly become stressful.

Wall Assembly Study Will Guide Builders on Moisture Management

Wall Assembly Study Will Guide Builders on Moisture Management

Home builders are understandably reluctant to adopt the latest technology without knowing how it may perform over the long term.




Interest in ICFs Growing as Builders Look for High Performance Options

Interest in ICFs Growing as Builders Look for High Performance Options

As energy codes and consumer interest drive growth in high-performance home buildings, insulated concrete forms provide an attractive alternative to wood-frame construction.




Ventilation aids in design of better multifamily buildings

Ventilation aids in design of better multifamily buildings

Balanced air strategies boost home air quality

ICFs Turning Up in Award Winning Homes

ICFs Turning Up in Award Winning Homes

For builders looking for ways to create high-performance homes efficiently, insulated concrete forms may be the answer. As the name implies, ICFs are EPS foam forms filled with concrete to form walls and foundations for home residential and commercial buildings....




High-performance products make builders' lives easier

High-performance products make builders' lives easier

Huber uses collaboration to increase relevancy in industry




Flex House is the Right Size with Its Footprint and Smart Home Technology

Flex House is the Right Size with Its Footprint and Smart Home Technology

Creatively conceived, the Flex House allows homebuyers to design a home that matches their specific living needs.

Small to Medium Builders Adopt ICFs for Basements

Small to Medium Builders Adopt ICFs for Basements

We've been talking with builders who are moving toward ICFs for foundations and basements, away from poured concrete or block walls. There are a couple of reasons that builders are making the switch.

EEBA Gathers Like-Minded Building Pros

EEBA Gathers Like-Minded Building Pros

At the 2017 Energy & Environmental Building Alliance High-Performance Home Summit in Atlanta, building professionals gathered to share information on the latest trends and technology.




How to Fix Window Condensation

How to Fix Window Condensation

As the weather cools, you may notice that your windows ‘sweat’ whenever the temperature drops below 40 degrees F. Water condenses on the window and runs down to wet the frames and sills.

Choosing a solar thermal super feature

Choosing a solar thermal super feature

After some careful consideration, I’ve decided to install a solar thermal system onto the roof above my garage as part of my project!

Air and Water Management Solves High Performance Home Challenges

Air and Water Management Solves High Performance Home Challenges

​​​​​​​Build tight and ventilate right is the mantra of high performance home building, but actually pulling that off can be challenging for builders.




Bring in the New Year with Hot Water

Bring in the New Year with Hot Water

Nothing better after romping in the ice and snow than a long hot shower.  Make sure you have enough hot water for everyone with a booster electric, tankless water heater or two.

Manufacturers Value EEBA Summit to Listen to Customers

Manufacturers Value EEBA Summit to Listen to Customers

This year's event used a new format of summits to give builders, manufacturers, raters, code officials and other professionals the opportunity to share tips and challenges with their peers.




New Fan Technology Battles Ventilation Problems Plaguing Home Builders

New Fan Technology Battles Ventilation Problems Plaguing Home Builders

While a home may be built with adequate ventilation strategies according to current building codes, performance may vary in the actual installation.




Zero Energy Certification Awarded to the Lincoln Net Positive Farmhouse

Zero Energy Certification Awarded to the Lincoln Net Positive Farmhouse

With more than two years of measured occupancy to date, the home unquestionably provides exceptional energy performance, consuming 70 percent less energy than a code-built house.

Builder Steps Up for Zero Energy Ready Subdivision

Builder Steps Up for Zero Energy Ready Subdivision

The homes are pre-wired for solar so buyers can opt to go fully net-zero energy.




Elevate Your Entryway with Style and Privacy

Elevate Your Entryway with Style and Privacy

Generally speaking, the front door takes up a small area of an exterior. However, it has a much greater impact on your home’s design and functionality.

New Wall Assembly Uses Traditional Methods to Meet New Codes

New Wall Assembly Uses Traditional Methods to Meet New Codes

There are many paths to creating an energy-efficient all assembly, and a new approach that relies on traditional techniques is gaining ground. The Extended Plate and Beam Wall offers a way to incorporate continuous insulation on the exterior of the home using standard wood framing.




Building Codes Driving Builders to Seek High Performance Options

Building Codes Driving Builders to Seek High Performance Options

While many municipalities are still using the 2009 Energy Codes, the 2018 editions are under preparation for use in the residential building industry.




The Energy Code Compliance Conundrum

The Energy Code Compliance Conundrum

Unlike most other building codes, the energy code has multiple compliance paths.

Obtaining a high-performance 'edge'

Obtaining a high-performance 'edge'

EEBA summit provides chance for builders to learn, share ideas




Expert: Selling high-performance homes not impossible

Expert: Selling high-performance homes not impossible

'Whatever you build, they will buy'




Home Buyers Seeking Better Homes, Rather Than Looking for Green Labels

Home Buyers Seeking Better Homes, Rather Than Looking for Green Labels

Home buyers may not identify as wanting green homes, but they know what they want.




Cincinnati Tax Abatement Drives Historic LEED Home Renovation

Cincinnati Tax Abatement Drives Historic LEED Home Renovation

The project was two years in the making and the owners are hoping to achieve Gold LEED certification.

Demand for “Thermal Comfort” Grows: Solutions Constantly Expanding, Improving

Demand for “Thermal Comfort” Grows: Solutions Constantly Expanding, Improving

Several factors are contributing to the demand for better thermal comfort around the world:  perceptions/attitudes toward climate change, adoption of numerous energy-efficient codes and technologies at varying measures across the globe, and population expansion to name a few.

Dirty Hands Love Tankless Water Heaters

Dirty Hands Love Tankless Water Heaters

Garage and garden out-buildings are perfect places for instant hot water.

Make Your Dumb Air Conditioner Smarter

Make Your Dumb Air Conditioner Smarter

What happens when you are one of the millions of people that have a stand-alone room air conditioner or heating unit that isn't controlled by a central thermostat system?




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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.

Type: White Paper

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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