Remodels should focus on form, function

Remodels should focus on form, function

Spring has sprung, and as temperatures rise across the country, so does interest among homeowners for sprucing up around the house and remodeling. Spending on home improvements is expected to grow nearly 5 percent in 2018, according to the National...

Federal funding to support home energy improvement research

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to invest up to $11.5 million to support early-stage research and validation of energy performance improvements in existing and new residential buildings. With more than 118 million single-family, multifamily and mobile homes across the...

5 ways to more sustainable home construction

5 ways to more sustainable home construction

The terms “green” and “sustainable” both describe more efficient, environmentally-responsible ways of using resources in the construction industry. In the past, only specialty builders marketed themselves as green. Now, around one-third of the U.S.

Infographic: Lifespan of essential household items

If you’ve ever had an air conditioner fail on a hot summer day, you understand the importance of anticipating when household items need to be repaired or replaced. Not only is it annoying to deal with a broken appliance, but...

Green-roofed Argentinian home boasts thermally efficient envelope

Green-roofed Argentinian home boasts thermally efficient envelope

A new South American home with thermal efficiency at its core has the feel as if it grew out of the landscape. Standing in a clearing in Tortuguitas, Argentina, the timber-clad AA House crafted by Buenos Aires-based IR arquitectura embraces...

Tips can help save water this spring

Tips can help save water this spring

It’s spring, and outdoor water use is on the rise. While it’s important to be water conscious throughout the year, the spring and summer require increased attention to irrigation schedules and outdoor water use. Experts estimate that 50 percent of...

California set to mandate solar panels on many new homes

California set to mandate solar panels on many new homes

Solar panels on many new homes soon could become as common as doors and windows. California’s Energy Commission is due to vote this week on new energy standards that would require virtually all new homes to be constructed with solar...

Developers shifting toward net-zero construction

More American real estate developers could be poised to enter the era of the net-zero-energy building, industry experts predicted during Urban Land Institute’s 2018 Spring Meeting in Detroit. That drive to aim for net-zero energy in new construction and major...

Smart Neighborhood to 'help families take control of energy use, live better'

Smart Neighborhood to 'help families take control of energy use, live better'

As it nears completion, Alabama Power’s Smart Neighborhood brings together high-performance homes, energy efficient systems and appliances, connected devices and a microgrid on a community-wide scale. Smart Neighborhood in Birmingham is a future-focused, energy-efficient community with homes that are rated...

Developer: Condo tower to be 'healthiest high-rise in Texas'

Developers of a downtown Dallas condo tower are adding wellness features to the list of amenities they hope will draw residents. Hall Group claims the 28-story Hall Arts Residences building will be the "healthiest high-rise in Texas" when it opens...

Report: Communities should build well to live well

Report: Communities should build well to live well

Partnerships needed to meet the desperate need, rising demand for healthier homes, communities

AHR Expo product brochure released

AHR Expo product brochure released

The full slate of efficient products that will be showcased at next year’s AHR Expo now are featured in a downloadable product preview. The 35-page digital brochure spotlights new air condition, heating and ventilation solutions in several categories: Air conditioning...

DOE hands out 2017 Housing Innovation Awards

DOE hands out 2017 Housing Innovation Awards

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) presented the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards to 24 of the nation's leading builders at the recent Energy and Environmental Building Alliance's High Performance Home Summit in Atlanta. Overall, 26 award-winning homes were...

Reports makes case for investment in N.C. energy efficient construction

Reports makes case for investment in N.C. energy efficient construction

A new report from the North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA) helps make the business case for new and renewed state investment in energy efficient construction in North Carolina. The report provides policymakers, regulators and utilities a variety of reasons...

Green building takes hold for single- and multifamily markets

Green building takes hold for single- and multifamily markets

Use of renewables, interest among prospective buyers on the rise

4 ways to upgrade with clean energy technologies

4 ways to upgrade with clean energy technologies

One of the best ways to protect a home purchase — whether single- or multi-family — is to invest in smart renovations. Thanks to new technology, there are a number of improvement options.

Study: Green building rapidly becoming established part of home building

Study: Green building rapidly becoming established part of home building

One-third of builders say green building is a significant share of overall activity

Condo Canada's first to receive LEED platinum

A Markham, Canada, condominium is "LEEDing" the way in sustainability and energy conservation. River Park Condominium, developed by the Markham-based Times Group, has achieved a LEED platinum certification and become the first condominium (10-story-plus building) in Canada to receive the...

Greenbuild 2017 registration open

Greenbuild 2017 registration open

Registration is open for the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Greenbuild is presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and owned by Informa Exhibitions.

Program aims to increase appraisal accuracy

Program aims to increase appraisal accuracy

Two industry organizations are teaming up to give buyers of single- and multi-family homes a better understanding of a building’s projected energy bills. The program from RESNET and the Appraisal Institute would include HERS scores on appraisal forms in some...

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