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High Performance Mechanical Systems for Houses That Work

The Energy & Environmental Building Alliance has announced a new session of the High Performance Mechanical Systems for Houses That Work scheduled for March 28, 2017, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Is It Time for a Home Ventilation Revolution?

Joseph Lstiburek discusses the challenges and some of the barriers facing the industry through building codes and guidelines that actually may be leading to worse indoor air quality.

Common Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

Mold, pet dander, viruses, bacteria, dust mites, and pollen are all common indoor air pollutants. Many of these are also common asthma and allergy triggers. Adequate ventilation and filtration of incoming air are essential in mitigating exposure.

Belfast Ecovillage Homes Achieve High Indoor Air Quality And Energy

Belfast Ecovillage homes are nearly airtight and contain an air barrier, meaning that virtually no uncontrolled outside air enters the home.

Building Scientists Raise Indoor Air Quality Concerns

To truly build smarter homes, high indoor air quality is essential.

Winter Home Maintenance: Get Set for Snow

For many homeowners, winter warming costs are the biggest utility expense. When a home is functioning optimally, you can drastically reduce your winter heating costs and mitigate the damaging effects of ice and snow.

New Ontario Building Codes Mandate Drain Water Heat Recovery

New residential building codes in Ontario mandate a 15 percent increase in energy performance, including the use of a vertical drain water heat recovery system.

Solar Community Makes Net Zero the New Normal

By meeting Built Green’s rigorous green standards, Lakeview exceeds the already high Washington State energy code by more than 50%.

KB Home ProjeKt Looks at the Future of Green Building

The home is an example of how innovative technologies can help residential units meet rigorous green building standards.

AHR innovation awards announced

The annual competition honors the most inventive and original products, systems and technologies showcased at each year’s AHR Expo.

Built Green Emerald Home Wins DOE Housing Innovation Award (Video)

The home, recognized in the Custom (Spec) category, is also the first home to be certified to the Emerald Star level in the Built Green Program.

Whole home ventilation strategies for high performing homes (video)

As homebuilders learn to construct tight envelopes, ventilation becomes a bigger part of building a comfortable, high performing home.

First home certified under Canada's Net Zero Energy program

Reid's Heritage Homes was the first builder in Canada to have a Net Zero Energy (NZE) home qualified under the program.

Balanced ventilation system brings fresh air to new and existing homes

High humidity levels can encourage mold growth, and indoor pollutant levels are commonly two to five times higher than outdoors, compromising health.

Health issues put spotlight on poor indoor air quality

Although people may feel healthy despite exposure to pollution, Lyme disease or other illnesses can act as a trigger, significantly degrading health.

Retrofitted low-income housing meets Passive House standards

Last year, the 50-year-old buildings that now make up Weinberg Commons were neglected, run-down, and empty.

ERVs solve green building air quality challenges

As building codes including fresh air ventilation requirements, builders have more choices to meet those mandates.

Indoor air quality in the workplace

The quality of the air inside of offices, retail stores, restaurants and other types of workplaces can have an impact on the health and comfort of the workers. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to improve indoor air quality in workplaces.

ERVs tackle heat and humidity challenges

Energy recovery and heat recovery ventilators are taking their place in the high performance building tool kit.

Mass market builder Pulte developing zero net energy home prototype

Pulte says it is the largest builder to participate in a pilot aimed at building new homes to achieve maximum energy efficiency and utility grid load reduction.

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