Energy Efficient Appliances

Energy-efficient appliances are a must-have in any green home. New energy-saving appliances are introduced to the market almost daily. Learn which appliances might be right for you.

Building a Green Home

Home Certification and Accreditation (LEED & Others)

Learn about the many certifications and accreditations that are available in the green home market, including USGBC LEED, Energy Star, Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology (PATH), Cradle to Cradle (C2C), Greenguard, Green Seal and more.

Connected Home / Smart Home

Smart homes / connected homes are helping homeowners achieve unprecedented levels of energy efficiency, comfort and convenience. Homeowners can interact remotely with their home systems, including lighting, HVAC, appliances and security. 

Energy Efficient Doors

Energy–efficient doors offer some of the most effective ways to make your home green. This research center provides news and information for eco-friendly options, including home door products made of sustainable and recyclable materials.

Home Energy Audits

An energy audit is often the first step to creating a truly energy efficient home. Energy audits can be performed by professionals, but are increasingly done by homeowners with the assistance of auditing devices that operate 24/7 within the home.

Energy Recovery / Heat Recovery

Energy Star

Look for the Energy Star certification on a wide variety of energy-efficient products for green homes. Stay up to date on the latest news from Energy Star designed to save homeowners money and reduce demand for energy from fossil fuels.

High Performance Home Exteriors

The exterior of a house is designed to protect the home from the elements, but is also a vital part of a home's visual appeal.  There are many choices when it comes to the external finish of a home.  Important factors to consider are also environmental and energy savings.

Eco Friendly Flooring / Sustainable Flooring

"Green" flooring comes in two basic flavors: 1) Flooring made from sustainable, eco-friendly materials; 2) Flooring that improves the energy-efficiency of the home. Learn more about both sustainable flooring and energy efficient flooring.

Foundations, Exterior Walls and the Thermal Envelope

Foundations and exteriors of green homes are often constructed using eco-friendly, sustainable materials. The thermal envelope contributes to a home's energy-efficiency.

Home Gardens & Gardening / Landscaping / Sustainable Landscape Design

Home gardens and landscaping are often an integral part of creating a green home. Get ideas for gardening and creating sustainable landscaping for your home.

Geothermal Heating & Cooling

Geothermal heating and cooling taps into the thermal energy generated and stored in the Earth below our feet. This research center will show you how geothermal heating and cooling works, how geothermal heating and cooling can be used in your home, and keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in geothermal technology.

Going Green at Home

Learn about the latest green home trends and find eco-friendly products to improve energy efficiency and comfort. Whether you're making big changes or starting small, this is the place to begin your green journey.

Energy Efficient Heating & Cooling (HVAC)

Energy-efficient heating and cooling systems can yield huge utility bill savings for homeowners. Discover the many alternative heating and cooling options for green homes.

Green Home Design and Plans

Window shopping for an energy-saving home just got easier with energy-efficienct home designs and home plans.  Your one stop destination to find an array of cost savings, eco-friendly, energy-efficient, small footprint, home buiding plans.

Home Indoor Air Quality

Better indoor air quality is one of the key benefits of green homes. Learn about the many factors that affect home air quality and what builders and homeowners can do to improve the air we breathe.

Insulated (Insulating) Concrete Forms - ICF

Insulated concrete forms (ICF) are rigid foam forms that hold concrete in place during curing and remain in place to serve as high r-value thermal insulation for concrete walls. This research center provides news and information for insulated concrete forms and the homes that use them.

Insulation for a High Performance Home

Insulation is an important factor to achieving comfort and energy-efficiency in your home. Properly insulating your home reduces unwanted heat transfer and decreases the energy demands of your heating and cooling systems. In addition to identifying different types of insulation materials and methods, this insulation research center will guide you in finding the most efficient ways to keep your home cool or warm. 

Energy Efficient Lighting

Installing energy-efficient lighting is one of the simplest ways homeowners can begin to create a green home. Learn more about low voltage indoor and outdoor lighting for the home.

Paint | Low VOC and No VOC

Improve the indoor air quality in your home with low- and zero-VOC paints. These sustainable paints are formulated to be safe for indoor use and reduce environmental impact.

Passive House / PASSIVHAUS

The Passive House concept represents today's highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating energy consumption of buildings by an amazing 90%. Widespread application of the Passive House design would have a dramatic impact on energy conservation. This research center will highlight homes that have achieved the Passive House designation and reveal how the builders achieved these standards.

Prefabricated Homes / Systems Built Homes / Modular Homes

Prefabricated (prefab) homes are created off-site and sent in sections to make the building process more efficient, reducing jobsite waste and costs.

The Proud Green Home at Serenbe

The Proud Green Home at Serenbe, located outside Atlanta, is a unique green home that reveals the newest and best home building science and sustainable products.

Proud Green Home of Louisville

Proud Green Home of St. Louis

The Proud Green Home of Serenbe was constructed to provide the homeowners with better indoor air quality, lower energy costs, and better durability. This home will educate and inspire building professionals and consumers about the benefits of building and living green. It is the second high performance demonstration home created with support from

Radiant Heat

As an alternative to forced-air heating systems, radiant heating provides constant temperatures, comfort, and improved indoor air quality. This research center provides news and information on different types of radiant heating options for your home.

Government Energy Rebates and Tax Credits

Government rebates and tax credits -- including Energy Star Rebates -- offer homeowners and builders great incentives for creating more energy efficient homes. Get the latest news and information about residential energy rebates and tax credits.

Green Home Remodeling

Remodeling a home is a great opportunity to "go green". Whether you're a homeowner or a professional remodeler, check out this Research Center for green remodeling ideas and tips.


Siding - Aluminum, Vinyl and Insulated

Home siding isn't just about beauty, it creates protection and insulation for a high performance home. This research center provides information on different types of siding, including aluminum, vinyl and other insulated siding options.

Solar Power for Homes

Home solar power systems can be a great way to reduce home energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. But is solar power right for your home? Learn about the latest advances in residential solar power systems and best practices for implementation.

Sustainability Trends & Statistics

The trendsetters listed above are shaping the future of the world through innovations in green technology and their commitment to sustainability.

Sustainable Communities / Green Communities

Learn about sustainable communities planned for low environmental impact and efficient use of resources. These communities are designed to enhance healthy lifestyles and bring people together to make their lives and homes exceptional.

Tankless Water Heaters

Thermal Envelope for High Performance Homes


Water Management, Reuse, Catchment, and Wastewater Treatment

Home Water Filtration Systems and Better Water Quality

Make your home more green with a water filtration system to provide healthy water. Explore the options available for whole-house and faucet filtration systems that improve the quality of water for your family.

Water Heaters & Boilers | Efficient Water Heating

Water heating is one of the biggest energy uses in the home, so choosing an energy-efficient water heater is one of the best ways for a homeowner to save money. Learn about new solar, tankless, hybrid, boilers and other high-efficiency options.

Water Saving Devices: Toilets, Faucets, Shower Heads, and Recirculation Systems

Save natural resources and utility costs with the latest water-saving devices on the market. Low-flow toilets, faucets, showers and other green products help you reduce water usage in the home. Look here, too, for water-saving tips for the family.

WaterSense | An EPA Partnership Program


WaterSense, a partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. Upgrading to more efficient WaterSense labeled products can help us to save billions of gallons of water in the country every year.

Energy Efficient Windows

Energy–efficient windows offer some of the most effective ways to make your home green. This research center provides news and information for eco-friendly window options, including high-performance glazing and coatings, and many products made of sustainable and recyclable materials.

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