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Is It Time for a Home Ventilation Revolution?

Joseph Lstiburek discusses the challenges and some of the barriers facing the industry through building codes and guidelines that actually may be leading to worse indoor air quality.

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Are There Any Gaseous Emissions From OSB?

Is OSB a safe building material? I think the real question behind this is about formaldehyde.

A Look Back: Top 10 2016 Green Home Features

From an innovative use of waste products from door manufacturing to new applications for radiant heating, green home inspiration was a major theme for 2016.

Common Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

Mold, pet dander, viruses, bacteria, dust mites, and pollen are all common indoor air pollutants. Many of these are also common asthma and allergy triggers. Adequate ventilation and filtration of incoming air are essential in mitigating exposure.


Two Green Thumbs Up For Massachusetts

I knew I was in for a treat when I signed up for a weekend in Western Massachusetts.

Belfast Ecovillage Homes Achieve High Indoor Air Quality And Energy

Belfast Ecovillage homes are nearly airtight and contain an air barrier, meaning that virtually no uncontrolled outside air enters the home.

High Tech Home Innovations from CES 2017

Get a glimpse into the future of home tech with some of the newest gadgets announced at the 2017 CES in Las Vegas.

Green Gab Podcast | Breathe Well – A Conversation About the Air You Breathe in Your Home

All of us want to breathe well in our homes. Yet often, the indoor air quality or the indoor environment, may not be allowing us to breathe as well as we want. There are immediate actions all of us can take to breathe well in our homes.

Top 10 2016 Green Home News Items

Here's a look back at the Top 10 news items for 2016, ranked in ascending order of popularity.

Building Scientists Raise Indoor Air Quality Concerns

To truly build smarter homes, high indoor air quality is essential.

A Look Back: 2016 Top Green Building Trends

From the Tiny House trend to tighter thermal envelopes, the marketplace is taking a deeper interest in high performance, sustainable homes.

2017 Interior Color Forecast: Gray is Here to Stay

Color trends in interior design are frequently fickle, quickly swinging from one side of the spectrum to the other.

Do You Know the Benefits of an ICF Home?

Homes built with ICF walls require about 44 percent less energy to heat and 32 percent less energy to cool than a comparable wood-frame house.

Net Zero Demo Home Uses Heat Mirror Glass

The unique window design offers reduced interior condensation and 99.5-percent UV protection.

Survey: Green Apartment Rents Rising Faster Than Salaries

Prices still have a long way to go before they align with what most renters are willing to pay.

Selecting ENERGY STAR Compliant Door Glass

The ENERGY STAR rating is earned by products that save energy and protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Beware Energy Scrooges This Holiday Season

The popularity of miscellaneous devices and equipment means that they account for a significant and growing portion of building energy consumption.

Green Gab Podcast | Energy Independence with Brilliance

Gabbing about lighting and how it is brilliant – both in beauty and practicality.

Ply Gem Engineered Cedar Shake Roofing Selected as 2016 Architectural Record Product of the Year [Video]

Ply Gem Roofing Engineered Cedar Shake, which launched in early 2016, is a superior new product in the composite roofing category.

Designer Q&A: Going Green in NYC Luxury Apartments

With residential building in New York City undergoing a bit of a boom, some developers are seeing the value of offering green and sustainably designed housing.

Controlling Condensation in the Home

For condensation to occur, all you need is moist air and a cold surface. In our homes where temperatures are controlled these conditions can occur in wall, floor and roofing systems depending on the season.

TexZen Tiny Homes Take Over Austin For the Holidays [Photos]

Tiny homes are all the rage around Austin, Texas, and the TexZen Tiny Home Co. has launched its newest model in the time for the holidays. Suzanne Braden, founder of TexZen Tiny Home Co., announced today the completion of the company’s newest tiny home model.

Smart Appliances Make the Holidays a Little Merrier

Spending time with the family is the highlight of every holiday, but spending time in the kitchen can be a drag.


Are There Home Plans for ICF Houses?

Sometimes people simply fall in love with a floor plan or a home design. They can see themselves living and loving, turning a house plan into their own family refuge. An insulated concrete form home can make that refuge safer, more comfortable and more energy efficient than your standard stick built home

What's the Price of the Most Famous House in the World?

The home has never been sold and is not on the market.

Phase 1 of 500 Zero Energy Ready Home Development Opens for Sale

Every home built by Green Street Cottages in the mixed-use development will be certified DOE Zero Energy Ready.

USGBC Ranks Top 10 Countries for LEED Green Building

These countries represent the ever-growing international demand for LEED-certified green buildings.

Safe Water Can Change a Community (video)

The reality is that there is a simple, cost-effective, scalable and easily adoptable way to kill bacteria and viruses in water.

Stricter Residential Building Codes Drive Green Construction Acceptance

At the 2016 EEBA Conference and Expo, building science experts discussed the benefit of the incorporating green building techniques and outcomes into the IECC code, and the benefit of additional voluntary green building programs.


Thermal Efficiency of Door Glass and Framing

Energy efficiency in winter has two priorities for facility managers and homeowners: saving money on utilities and keeping people comfortable.

Drafts and Poor Insulation Create Both Discomfort and Familial Strife

A new survey found that uncomfortable homes caused not only physical discomfort, but emotional discomfort as well.

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Prevent Ice Dams with Low-Voltage Heat

Residents often see significant ice build-up on their roof’s edges in the winter months. These ice dams are created by two basic elements: snow and heat. There are many “fixes” to the ice dam dilemma, but they do not always address the root of the problem. The best way to prevent ice dams is with effective, extra-low voltage radiant heat.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor




Water Reuse: Trends in Residential Water Recycling and Grey Water Use

As water resources have been increasingly stressed by drought conditions, other shortages and overloaded municipal water treatment plants, water reuse and grey water have become two of the most common topics within the professional sector. This white paper takes a look at residential water reuse and some products that reduce water consumption.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bio-Microbics




What Every Homeowner Should Know About Entry Door Replacement

A homeowner’s entry door is the portal to the family’s daily life, used throughout every day by family and friends. It’s no wonder that when it comes to replacing an entry door several important aspects need to be considered and researched before the purchase.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: ProVia




The Future of Water Conservation

Conserving water means using what is necessary and no more .Waiting for tap water to become hot is not only a waste of water but an inconvenience as well. However, there are products available that provide homeowners with hot water on demand. This white paper looks at some of the ways homeowners can conserve water and save money.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ACT D'MAND Systems


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