This Best Practices document will provide many new real-world strategies and approaches to building a better high performance home without additional cost.
On-demand tankless water heaters are becoming more efficient, and as a result, more accepted in homes. They require no storage tank, heating water directly only when hot water is needed.
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This guide compares Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) with other forms used in above grade (walls) and below grade applications (foundations). Key factors in selecting the best system for your home are identified.
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There are still some myths out there that are keeping people from pursuing a net zero home.
Regardless of the weather outside, this 21st Century approach to home building reduces energy consumption by 80 to 90 percent.
Developed by the International Living Future Institute, the Living Building Challenge certification requires actual, rather than modeled or anticipated, performance.
Although energy costs associated with Passive House significantly lower, other benefits harder to quantify.
High in the Hogback Mountains of Colorado, a 1,200-square foot dwelling is said to be the first Passive House in Colorado.
Beneath the rural exterior beats the heart of a high performance leader.
I knew I was in for a treat when I signed up for a weekend in Western Massachusetts.
To truly build smarter homes, high indoor air quality is essential.
Homes built with ICF walls require about 44 percent less energy to heat and 32 percent less energy to cool than a comparable wood-frame house.
At the 2016 EEBA Conference and Expo, building science experts discussed the benefit of the incorporating green building techniques and outcomes into the IECC code, and the benefit of additional voluntary green building programs.
A new survey found that uncomfortable homes caused not only physical discomfort, but emotional discomfort as well.
Elizabeth’s Passive House will be assembled on an 8.7 acre lot adjacent to the 23 acre lot where her parent’s Post and Beam Passive Solar Home sits.
Innovation comes from those willing to do things just a little differently, and green home building is no exception.
Last month I attended the conference of the North American Passive House Network in New York City. Here are the three products that most caught my eye at the NAPHN passive house conference.
ZIP System sheathing helps this home beat Passive House standards.
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