Concrete home uses mesh walls to connect with nature

Concrete home uses mesh walls to connect with nature

A concrete home on Japan’s Okinawa Island uses concrete to protect against and capitalize on nature. Using a passive design, Ma of Wind by Japanese firm Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects attempts to bring outdoor elements into the interior as much as...

Reflective technology designed to increase siding resilience

Ply Gem, a leading North American building products manufacturer, has unveiled new technology designed to boost siding performance. SolarDefense reflective technology is available on select vinyl siding lines from Mastic by Ply Gem, according to a release. SolarDefense provides protection...

Study highlights environmental cost of tearing down Vancouver's single-family homes

Rising property values in Vancouver, British Columbia, have resulted in the demolition of an unprecedented number of single-family homes in recent years, many of which were replaced with the same type of structure. Despite the better energy performance of the...

Norman first Okla. city to commit to clean energy

Norman first Okla. city to commit to clean energy

The city of Norman, Okla., wants to become a statewide leader in environmental policy. Its City Council has approved a resolution to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035, reports the Norman Transcript. The measure makes Norman the first...

Tackling 8 tough objections to renewable energy

Tackling 8 tough objections to renewable energy

Going solar is an investment and is commonly met with objections, many of them the byproduct of misconception or perspectives askew. That said, solar companies should never let the fears of a solar prospect intrude on what he or she knows. The best way to handle objection to solar power is to break down the roadblocks forming the objection.

Infographic: Energy-saving lightbulb checklist

Infographic: Energy-saving lightbulb checklist

One of the easiest – and quickest – ways to score significant energy savings these days in homes is through lighting upgrades. An average household dedicates about 5 percent of its energy budget to lighting, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Community looks to use efficient tiny homes to address veteran homelessness

Community looks to use efficient tiny homes to address veteran homelessness

Looking to help combat veteran homelessness, students, educators and leaders in Monterey County, Calif., hope to create a village of net-zero energy tiny houses. But when Monterey Peninsula College’s Green Building Design course participants present their collection of tiny house...

Calif. Realtors announce affordable housing project

Calif. Realtors announce affordable housing project

In a demonstration of its commitment in advocating for affordable workforce housing in California, the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) is exploring the redevelopment of the site of its Los Angeles headquarters to build affordable workforce rental and for sale...

Maintenance key to getting most of AC units

Maintenance key to getting most of AC units

As many of us get ready to crank the air conditioning, some will wonder if their units will hold up for another summer. While it is easy to push off booking a service appointment, it is a risk best avoided,...

2 Seattle homes among world's first to achieve zero energy certification

2 Seattle homes among world's first to achieve zero energy certification

Two Seattle homes are among the world’s most sustainable. Emerald Star and Cork Haus have received zero energy certifications from the International Living Future Institute as part of its Zero Energy Building certification program, according to a release. The homes...

Sustainable housing community takes shape in Mass.

Ground has been broken on a first-of-its-kind urban agriculture-focused, solar-powered community, designed to combine an energy-efficient lifestyle with affordable housing. Hillside Center for Sustainable Living is a concept that fuses green living and low market prices for Newburyport, Mass., residents,...

Smart home to harvest rainwater, solar energy in Caribbean

Smart home to harvest rainwater, solar energy in Caribbean

A self-sufficient home topped with a soaring cocoon-like structure envisions new heights of off-grid living. The Cocoon Smart Home, designed by Richard’s Architecture + Design (RA+D), will be the first Minergie-ECO certified building in the Dominican Republic, reports Inhabitat. With...

Geothermal-powered Halifax home uses automation for energy savings

Geothermal-powered Halifax home uses automation for energy savings

A luxury home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, combines a modern appearance with advanced technologies to spur energy efficiency. The Syncline House, developed by Omar Gandhi Architect, is a two-story residence with a mezzanine set atop a rocky foundation that inspired...

Atlanta launches first community-based solar program

Atlanta launches first community-based solar program

Atlanta, with its abundant sunshine, has untapped solar potential many residents are now using as a renewable energy source. April 2018 marked the official launch of Solarize Atlanta, a community-based photovoltaic (PV) group-purchasing solar program for city residents. Solarize Atlanta...

Solar-powered 'sponge' house connects with nature

Solar-powered 'sponge' house connects with nature

The Country House, an environmentally conscious home that embraces indoor-outdoor living in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, is designed to celebrate nature. Completed by 1+1>2 Architects, the house stands out from its neighbors with its sloped thatch roofs, which reference Vietnam’s countryside...

Alexa, Rinnai integrates Amazon technology into water heaters

Alexa, Rinnai integrates Amazon technology into water heaters

Rinnai Corp., a leading producer of tankless gas water heaters, has become the first tankless manufacturer to feature Amazon Alexa integrated into its products. The innovation allows users to ask Alexa, “Alexa, ask Rinnai to start circulation,” or say, “Alexa,...

Infographic: 7 best energy-efficient apps for your home

These days, there really is an app for everything. Energy efficiency is no exception. There are a countless number of apps designed specifically to help homeowners become more environmentally-conscious in how they run their homes. The infographic below by Calgary...

Interest in metal roofing rises in hurricane-prone areas

Interest in metal roofing rises in hurricane-prone areas

After a destructive hurricane season last year, homeowners throughout much of the southern United States are looking to better protect their homes as another season looms. They’re increasingly turning to durable materials, such as metal roofing. According to Metal Roofing...

Remodels should focus on form, function

Remodels should focus on form, function

Spring has sprung, and as temperatures rise across the country, so does interest among homeowners for sprucing up around the house and remodeling. Spending on home improvements is expected to grow nearly 5 percent in 2018, according to the National...

Federal funding to support home energy improvement research

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to invest up to $11.5 million to support early-stage research and validation of energy performance improvements in existing and new residential buildings. With more than 118 million single-family, multifamily and mobile homes across the...

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