South Dakota's first Passive House apartments to benefit low-income families

When Copper Pass apartments in eastern Sioux Falls opens in September, they will be the first of their kind in South Dakota. The structure will be the state’s first multi-family housing building designed to meet international Passive House standards —...

Tips help customers manage electricity costs amid summer heat wave

Because hot weather can lead to higher energy bills, Duke Energy has offered the following tools and tips to help customers manage those costs this summer. Experts with Duke Energy, which serves customers in North and South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky,...

Philippines envisions green smart city to combat pollution

Philippines envisions green smart city to combat pollution

Communities around the world are looking for ways to fight pollution. Wising up to the threat posing potential health hazards to residents, cities like the Philippine capital of Manila see the development of a smart city as the solution. Manila...

Condo to become first high-end residential zero waste building in New York City

Condo to become first high-end residential zero waste building in New York City

A new high-rise is taking a big bite of energy efficiency in the Big Apple. The building at 565 Broome Soho, which is nearing completion, is expected to become the city’s first high-end residential zero waste structure, reports Inhabitat. That...

Americans continuing strong water-conversation efforts

Americans continuing strong water-conversation efforts

Scores of Americans have focused on water conservation the last several years as parts of the country were stricken with extreme drought. Though water supplies largely have been replenished, the effort to reduce usage has persisted, according to a recent...

HUD hands out 2018 Healthy Home Awards

HUD hands out 2018 Healthy Home Awards

National program and efforts aiming to make housing healthier for its occupants have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). The groups recently announced the winners of the...

Conversation tips help save water, money

Conversation tips help save water, money

Water may be Earth’s most abundant resource, but we make constant efforts to conserve it. From the aspect of a homeowner, conservation can save considerable money. Below are 14 preservation tips from the website Mind Body Green that can shrink water bills. 1.

Developer converting 25,000 apartments into smart homes

As if the luxury of its apartments wasn’t enough, one of the nation’s largest developers of multifamily properties is adding technological amenities to its buildings. Alliance Residential Co. has teamed with Dwelo, Google and Nest to launch Alliance SmartHome in...

GE unveils its first HomeKit-enabled window air unit

GE unveils its first HomeKit-enabled window air unit

For the first time, U.S. homeowners can control GE window air conditioners with their iPhones and iPads. The units now include technology that makes them compatible with Apple HomeKit. Delivering 8,000 to 12,000 BTUs to cool medium- to large-sized rooms, the units are the first HomeKit-compatible air conditioners available for the U.S.

Solar-powered mountain home sustainable prototype for Aspen development

Solar-powered mountain home sustainable prototype for Aspen development

Looking to add sustainable options to the scores of cookie-cutter homes in Aspen, Colorado’s booming real estate market, a real estate design firm has unveiled what it hopes will become a popular alternative. San Francisco-based Aidlin Darling Design and a...

5 benefits of owning a green home

5 benefits of owning a green home

Numerous studies on the value of green and sustainable homes have been consistent in their findings: They’re good for the environment and the people who reside in them. Specifically, there are a host of benefits that can reduce costs, reduce...

New initiative plans to replace aging mobile homes with energy efficient houses

New initiative plans to replace aging mobile homes with energy efficient houses

Deteriorating mobile homes dot the landscape across Kentucky, with thousands of residents living in structures that are the epitome of inefficiency. The intent of a new state program is to remove those dilapidated trailers and replace them with permanent, high-performing...

Hemp could help grow sustainable home industry

Known for its versatility, hemp – used in everything from clothing to paper – is becoming part of home construction. An Australian company is using the plant to create panels that make up the thermal envelope of new carbon-negative homes...

Fla. residents saving money as part of LEED-platinum community

Fla. residents saving money as part of LEED-platinum community

A LEED-certified home typically leads to lower energy costs and higher structural performance. A hundred homeowners in one Florida community are relishing the benefits of living in some of the most efficient residences available. The homes don’t just simply meet green certification.

St. Louis program designed to spur home energy upgrades

A new, low-interest loan program is giving residents of St. Louis incentive to make energy efficient improvements to their homes. GreenHELP aims to help homeowners make their houses more eco-friendly and potentially trim their energy expenses, reports St.

6 tips for green home investing

6 tips for green home investing

A time goes by, more and more home builders and home buyers are realizing the value of green and sustainable. With summer upon us, the pace of the residential construction is picking up. For those planning a high-performance home, here are six tips to consider as you invest, according to Blue & Green Tomorrow. 1.

8 tiny homes built tough for off-grid living

8 tiny homes built tough for off-grid living

Despite their growing appeal, tiny houses deter many prospective owners because of their lack of elbow room. The website Inhabitat recently spotlighted eight tiny homes that smaller structure aren’t delicate in nature, but actually just as resilient as any traditional...

Farm-themed neighborhood taking root in South Florida

Farm-themed neighborhood taking root in South Florida

A South Florida community is going from neighborhood to agrihood. The 2,000-home project called Arden, which integrates agriculture into a residential neighborhood, is under construction near West Palm Beach with a 5-acre working farm that will grow tropical fruits, vegetables,...

Community solar can help meet zero net energy goals

Community solar can help meet zero net energy goals

Using community solar to power energy-efficient homes can benefit both consumers and the environment, a new analysis finds. Community solar allows individual households to purchase shares of a larger solar project, sited in the community, instead of getting an individual...

Survey: Clean, renewable energy the way forward for Florida

Access to clean and renewable energy for businesses and homes is critical to Florida’s future and in mitigating the effects of climate change, most of the state’s residents said in a new study. Business leaders and residents polled for the...

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