Gary Wollenhaupt Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky. www
Offering a home that exceeds the minimum standard, no matter how stringent that might be, is one way a builder a can differentiate itself in a competitive marketplace.
Geothermal heating and cooling is one of the top ways homeowners can reduce their utility bills as well as their environmental impact. But for many years, geothermal was considered primarily an option for new construction. As the housing market has...
Building science experts graciously share their thoughts and experiences with us to inspire and educate homeowners and builders to create high performance homes.
Home insurance provider American Modern Insurance Group built a two-story home that incorporates smart and green home technology to train claims adjusters.
I was recently interviewed by MoonworksHome as part of their Expert Interview program.
For most homes with a basement or foundation, it's not a matter of if it will leak, but only when.
Respect for the environment, energy efficiency and sustainability are part of Lindal Cedar Homes' DNA
KB Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the United States, uses its high performance demonstration homes to refine the building practices and technologies that find their way into production homes.
There are lots of questions surrounding green home certification programs, but there's one answer that may be better than all the others.
Homebuilders in California are adapting to strict water conservation regulations to ensure homeowners and local water districts don't violate the rules.
Property appraisers in the United States are gearing up to better evaluate properties with high performance and green aspects with the first of three Valuation Advisories.
Asphalt shingle roofing is by far the most common residential roof in the U.S., and the industry is working to make it a more sustainable option, including recycling and integrating with renewable energy.
Four insulated concrete form houses in a low-income housing project in Louisville are among the first built with home plans for affordable housing that could be game changer for residential construction.
As building codes require greater levels of efficiency, the building products industry is responding with innovations that will help make homes greener.
An extensive remodeling job on a 1920s home in an Atlanta suburb could be Georgia's first Passive House project.
The lighting landscape continues to shift toward LED lighting as prices fall and more options come to the marketplace.
From lower prices for solar power to an explosion of ductless mini split HVAC options, high performance home trends continue to develop.
The analytics tell us that readers found these stories of green building achievement to be the most compelling for the year.
Homeowners Steve and Wendy Rogers wanted to get the most out of the solar panels system they were installing on their Escondido, California home. So they added a solar tracker system that will ensure their solar panels produce as much energy as possible.
Today homes are priced based on size or square footage, number of rooms, size of acreage, if any, and location. A house with upscale finishes and updates can command a better price or faster sale time. But which improvements pay off?