8 strategies for saving water in bathrooms

8 strategies for saving water in bathrooms

Countless gallons of water are used – and wasted – in our bathrooms.  We leave the water running while we brush our teeth. We fill large tubs for baths.

Maryland's Forest House showcases geothermal energy

Maryland's Forest House showcases geothermal energy

The value and versatility of geothermal heating and cooling is on display in a new home in Maryland. Set on the edge of a forest conservation area, the Forest House integrates several energy-efficient features, reports Inhabitat. Design firm Gardner Architects...

Self-sufficient tiny house designed to pop up anywhere

Self-sufficient tiny house designed to pop up anywhere

A new home capitalizes on the tiny house concept and spontaneity. Petit Place is a sustainably minded structure designed by Dutch architecture firm RoosRos Architects. Created to follow the WikiHouse principle that uses no bolts, the Petit Place concept was...

Warranty of popular solar modules nearly doubles to 25 years

Warranty of popular solar modules nearly doubles to 25 years

LG Electronics USA, a leading U.S. residential solar panel provider, has extended the product warranty by a decade for one of its popular modules. Warranties are ballooning to 25 years from 15 years for LG’s award-winning NeON high-performance modules due...

Indiana to update energy efficiency, safety rules for new homes

Indiana to update energy efficiency, safety rules for new homes

Indiana is considering an update to the state’s building code that could lead to construction projects in the state becoming greener. The Hoosier State hasn’t updated its rules on energy efficiency and safety measures in several years, reports radio station...

5 products to help limit water use

5 products to help limit water use

The average household spends $500 per year on water bills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That cost, though, can be curbed with the installation of fixtures that reduce flow and promote efficiency. In fact, using water-saving products, such as those listed below, can save roughly $170 a year, according to Realtor.com. 1.

Apartment renters expect sustainable design features in units

Homebuyers aren’t the only ones expecting residences that are green and sustainable. Apartment renters do, too. They want to live in units that promote good indoor air quality and save on energy, experts say. “What used to be exceptional is...

Prefab homes possible fix for housing shortages

Prefab homes possible fix for housing shortages

The solution to New Zealand’s housing shortage may be found in prefabrication. Fast construction times, modern design and the incorporation of energy efficient features are making such structures a more desirable option for those who prefer a new home sooner...

Four shipping containers become affordable, eco-friendly Australian home

Four shipping containers become affordable, eco-friendly Australian home

Four steel containers once used for shipping products around the world have been repurposed as the structure for a new home in Australia. The residence on the country’s south coast, designed by architectural firm Matt Elkan Architect, includes several sustainable...

New homes in England to be built with EV chargers

New homes in England to be built with EV chargers

The rise in the use of electric vehicles is fueling the construction of new homes in England outfitted with electric vehicle chargers. Under the government’s new strategy, officials hope to position the country to expand zero-emission road transport, reports Business...

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

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...

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