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Seattle Developer Completes 3 Net Zero Ready Homes

The builder’s goal is to build every home with the ability to produce the same amount of energy as it consumes.

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See the Story Behind EWS and Our Passion for Clean Water

Everyone wants to drink healthy water in their homes. But it's not always easy to know the best way to provide it for your family.

High Performance Engineered Wood Homes Win Innovation Award (Video)

It's the fifth award in the past year for Timber Block's panelized building system.

A Balanced Approach to Eco-Friendly Construction

I’ve often talked about planning ahead as we’ve been building our eco-friendly home in Connecticut. Planning isn’t all looking at the future, though.

How to Pick the Right Ladder

When you are working at height, your ladder is your foundation. Selecting the right ladder for the job will ensure the safety of your crew on the jobsite. Height is your first consideration when selecting a ladder, but you must also pay attention to the kind of material it’s made of and its duty rating.

Home Solar Storage Batteries Now in California (video)

California residents can now purchase and have installed the Sonnen battery system to help manage renewable energy and peak time energy use.

4 Plumbing Tips That Will Help You Conserve More Water at Home

Many people are able to save hundreds of gallons of water every year with a few plumbing upgrades and lifestyle changes.

Green Gab Podcast | The Home Detective – Finding How to Get a Home to Perform Well

Gabbing with Kellye Markowski with Energy Smart Homes - a residential and commercial energy audit provider and project management.

Magnets Could Power Future Refrigerators

For the past 100 years, the way your fridge preserved your food has been rooted in technology dating back to the mid-1800s, but that is about to change.


Colorado Mountain Retreat Designed for Net Zero Living

The striking, sustainable weekend getaway located near Allenspark, Colorado was designed to reflect and amplify the setting at 9,000 feet above sea level.

Cold Weather Construction with ICFs

In many climate zones, cold weather can delay construction with concrete. When the temperature drops, it's often best to delay a pour. But insulated concrete forms solve most if not all the problems of cold weather construction.

Great Green Home | United Veterans Beacon House by United Way of Long Island

United Way built this 1,890-square-foot home in Deer Park, Long Island, New York, to the performance criteria of the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. The United Way home’s average projected utility bills will be less than $60 a month thanks to a solar photovoltaic system and a high-performance building envelope.

Package HVAC Unit Designed for Supplemental Use

According to a recent Houzz survey, 40 percent of homeowners plan to renovate or build an addition in the next two years.

New Ductless Mini Splits Handle Single and Multi-Zone Duties

These ultra-quiet, inverter-driven heat pump systems operate with indoor sound levels as low as 20 dBA in “silent mode,” which is quieter than a whisper at a library.

Study: Venues Across the Globe are Embracing LEED Green Building

Venues that incorporate LEED into their buildings enjoy increased cost-savings, decreased annual operating costs and a higher return on investment overall.

Induction Cooktops Feature Smartphone-Inspired Controls

Induction cooktops have seized an additional 10 percent of electric cooktop market share since 2008.


Arizona Builder Launches 2 LEED Certified Developments

Maracay officials say this makes the company the only large-scale homebuilder in metro Phoenix building homes to achieve LEED certification.

Opening Glass Wall Systems Designed to Stand Up to High Winds

At the 2017 International Builders' Show, two companies announced opening glass wall products designed for hurricane- and high-wind-prone regions.

2017 Shingle Color of the Year Reflects Home Color Trends

While a home’s roof typically represents 40% of the home’s exterior, homeowners often miss an opportunity to integrate the roof as part of a color-coordinated exterior.

Solar Water Heater Basics

For areas of the country such as California that are committed to reducing carbon emissions, solar water heaters are a great way to reduce environmental impact.

Tackle Home Sealing Projects with New Spray Foam

The solution expands to take the shape of gaps and cracks forming a long-lasting, airtight and water-resistant bond to most building materials.

Lutron Integrates Systems With Voice Assisted Home Tech

The systems will deliver integrated control of light, temperature, music and voice-assisted services in smart homes.

Benefits of a Continuously Ventilated Bathroom

Does your bathroom have mold growth around the shower, cabinets, and fixtures? Does your bathroom have stale air, excessive odors, or a musty smell? Common problems like these may be affecting your bathroom without you even realizing. Here are the facts about these issues and how to fix them before they start harming your indoor air quality.


Great Green Home | Row Homes at RidgeGate by Thrive Home Builders

Row Homes at RidgeGate by Thrive Home Builders, a high-performance multifamily unit in Denver, Colorado, was built to the performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program.

How Cozy is Your City? Here's the Latest Top 10 List

Some cities are simply considered cozier places to hunker down than others.

Pre-Fab Solar Farmhouse Blends Style and High Tech

Beneath the rural exterior beats the heart of a high performance leader.

Balance, Learning, and Clarity Yield Results

Our eco-friendly home project is a balance using building practices and materials that maximize energy efficiency without sacrificing comfort.

Selling? Here’s how to Compete with New Homes on the Market

If you are about to put your older home on the market, you will have to compete with new builds in your area. There are some things you can do to improve your competitive edge. Spending a few dollars on some carefully-chosen renovations can earn you more in the long run and ensure that your home sells quickly.

How Much House will $300K Buy in the Top 50 Cities?

People say real estate is all about location, location, location. But you can add size into that equation.

Green Gab Podcast | The 3rd R – Recycling

Recycling is a first step or gateway to greener living and often the first action that leads to others. As recycling has become more a part of our daily habits, we can now ask “What next?”

Smart Home Devices Struggle to Go Mainstream (Infographic)

PwC says the internet of things (IoT) is set to transform—and disrupt—the way we live.

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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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