Creating a Building Envelope That Beats Code

Creating a Building Envelope That Beats Code

In order to build a high performance home, builders need to embrace new technologies and techniques. The results can be greatly improved over traditional approaches. This white paper takes a look at some of the top things homebuilders should consider in choosing a wall system for the best building envelope.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


Nanotechnology: The Future of Proven, Efficient Home Heating and Comfort

Nanotechnology: The Future of Proven, Efficient Home Heating and Comfort

Nanotechnology research has been rapidly intensifying in several fields such as biomedical, optical and electronics. Now it is being used to create an efficient heating source inside of homes and buildings. The white paper explains what nanotechnology is and how it is transforming the way we heat our living spaces.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


Battle the Elements with Resilient Homes Built with Insulated Concrete Forms

Battle the Elements with Resilient Homes Built with Insulated Concrete Forms

Insurance companies, state regulators and government agencies are providing significant insurance discounts for homes built to new, more resilient standards like the FORTIFIED Home standard. This white paper covers one popular approach to building a storm-resilient home — using insulated concrete forms (ICFs) for the wall assembly and foundation.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


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Plastics Make a Tiny House More Energy Efficient

Plastics Make a Tiny House More Energy Efficient

During these unpredictable winter months, consumers can run some of their highest energy bills. A Tiny House – designed and built by Zack Giffin, co-host of Tiny House Nation – used innovative plastic materials and multi-purpose décor to offer a...

Infographic | 35 Inspiring Tiny Houses And The Families Living There

Infographic | 35 Inspiring Tiny Houses And The Families Living There

Those who live in small homes -- usually 400 square feet or smaller  -- make the tradeoff of size with other priorities in their life.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Movement Gaining Ground

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Movement Gaining Ground

Geothermal heating and cooling has been well understood since the 1950s, but it wasn't until the 1970s that the technology was available to make it efficient and affordable.

Affordable Energy Efficient Housing Vital for Urban Redevelopment

Affordable Energy Efficient Housing Vital for Urban Redevelopment

Diverse housing stock will play an important role in the neighborhood revitalization strategy.




Habitat for Humanity Adopts High Performance Home Building

Habitat for Humanity Adopts High Performance Home Building

Low cost of living is just as important as the purchase cost.




Home Builders Use the HERS Ratings for ERI Compliance

Home Builders Use the HERS Ratings for ERI Compliance

Each point on the ERI scale represents a 1 percent change in the relative energy efficiency of the building.

Wiser Energy System Empowers Home Owners to Manage their Energy Use

Wiser Energy System Empowers Home Owners to Manage their Energy Use

With more states moving toward variable rate plans and surge pricing, when energy is consumed is almost as important as how much energy is used.

Are Passive Houses the Future of High Performance Homes?

Are Passive Houses the Future of High Performance Homes?

Common myths are that passive homes are too stuffy and that the walls are too thick.

Eco-Friendly Ideas for Homeowners

Eco-Friendly Ideas for Homeowners

It's about an attitude and behavior shift that everyone needs to make and small changes that will make a big difference.

Solving the sales puzzle

Solving the sales puzzle

Experts offer strategies for selling high-performance structures

Study: Green Homes Save Twice As Much Energy As Anticipated

Study: Green Homes Save Twice As Much Energy As Anticipated

Certified homes used up to 40% less electricity than non-certified homes, in some cases making Built Green homes twice as efficient as predicted.

Art of selling high performance hinges on investment balance

Art of selling high performance hinges on investment balance

Energy modeling among strategies for builders to help customers, based on their budgets, determine best expenditures

Arizona Green Builder Turns New Neighborhood into an Energy Grid

Arizona Green Builder Turns New Neighborhood into an Energy Grid

Jasper's colossal footprint of stored sunlight energy will be on a scale never-before-seen in the world when considering residential energy storage in a single planned community.

NAHB Study: Green Home Building Continues to Gain Traction

NAHB Study: Green Home Building Continues to Gain Traction

At least one third of single family and multifamily builders who were surveyed said that green building is a significant portion of their overall activity.

New Urbanism Designer Joining EEBA Summit Panel

New Urbanism Designer Joining EEBA Summit Panel

One panel discussion will feature professionals from the greater Atlanta market, one of the hotbeds for sustainable development and home building.

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As energy-efficient technologies and materials become more mainstream, the cost of building a green home or owning one is declining. This Research Center will help you determine if going green is a good investment for you.

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