High Performance Homes, No More Cost

High Performance Homes, No More Cost

Energy-efficient and healthy don’t have to mean expensive. Our editors have compiled these top real-world strategies to live the way you want to at a price you can afford.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: EEBA


Complete Building Intelligence System

Complete Building Intelligence System

This diagram from PowerWise Systems shows the complete building intelligence system that allows homeowners to monitor circuit-level electricity, building environment conditions, a wide variety of flow, fluid level, water, and gas. Customers can also monitor performance of PV, wind power,...

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Sponsor: PowerWise Systems


Energy Management

Energy Management

PowerWise Systems energy management and building intelligence solutions allow homeowners to: Know your energy costs in detail Create efficient equipment schedules Keep heating an cooling costs down Receive equipment failure warnings Analyze detailed usage by circuit

Type: Fact Sheet

Sponsor: PowerWise Systems


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Why are these green homes 96% better than other houses?

Why are these green homes 96% better than other houses?

Each home was tested by an independent third party energy rater to develop a HERS Index score.

6 ways to build a better thermal envelope for your home

6 ways to build a better thermal envelope for your home

High-performance homes are using high-tech solutions wall systems that are like a mountain climber's parka that keeps the energy inside even in the harshest conditions.

A look at the spray foam insulation and wall systems in the net zero energy Jacobson house

A look at the spray foam insulation and wall systems in the net zero energy Jacobson house

The home and insulation installer were recognized with a 2018 Industry Excellence Award, winning first prize in the Residential Wall category.

Net zero commercial building lease will share energy savings

Net zero commercial building lease will share energy savings

The lease includes annual energy reviews to drive continuous improvement in the building's operation.

Video | Choose remodeling projects that pay off for your home

Video | Choose remodeling projects that pay off for your home

It’s easy for people to overlook some of the improvements that can help optimize their remodeling investment.

5 Secrets To Choosing The Best Windows For Your Home

5 Secrets To Choosing The Best Windows For Your Home

The overwhelming majority of windows and doors manufactured have an NFRC label.

Buyers Paying More for High Performance Homes in North Carolina

Buyers Paying More for High Performance Homes in North Carolina

Builders and homeowners receive a net positive financial return on the sometimes added up-front costs of energy efficient, green or high-performance features.

Actually, This Net Zero Home Produces More Energy Than It Uses

Actually, This Net Zero Home Produces More Energy Than It Uses

Settled in the old Seattle neighborhood amidst 100-year-old craftsman style homes, the 3-story, 2,117 square-foot contemporary home stands out as a testament to maximum efficiency.

Green Home Becomes 2nd Living Certified House in the World

Green Home Becomes 2nd Living Certified House in the World

They have succeeded in creating a home that will still be standing 200 years from now and will still be regenerative to the surrounding ecosystem.

Study: Air Sealing Stops Loss from Interior Ductwork

Study: Air Sealing Stops Loss from Interior Ductwork

There is an erroneous belief among many building professionals that leaks within ductwork located inside the home, have little effect on overall energy use.

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...

4 Technological Advances for Keeping Your Home Warm While Reducing Your Energy Bill

4 Technological Advances for Keeping Your Home Warm While Reducing Your Energy Bill

Reports on significant progress from investments in Building Envelope and Windows Research and Development in the DOE's Building Technologies Office.

Federal Budget Deal Reinstates Green Home Tax Credits

Federal Budget Deal Reinstates Green Home Tax Credits

The big winners include the geothermal heat pump industry and energy upgrade contractors.

RESNET Produces Video on Appraisers and the HERS Index

RESNET Produces Video on Appraisers and the HERS Index

A key feature of the partnership is the development of a portal to provide access to residential real estate appraisers.

Air Sealing Leads to Record Breaking HERS Index for The New American Home

Air Sealing Leads to Record Breaking HERS Index for The New American Home

On display as part of the 2018 International Builders' Show in Orlando, The New American Home showcases industry best practices, innovative design concepts, state-of-the-art products and the latest construction techniques.

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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.

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