Flat roofs always need more maintenance than pitched roofs

Flat roofs always need more maintenance than pitched roofs

If you want to build Swamp Yankee Green then consider a pitched roof. Cheaper to build, cooler to the chic set, roofs without pitch have a harder time keeping water out of your house and limit the attic air cavity...

Smog-eating tile expands its reach

Smog-eating tile expands its reach

Smog-eating tile, which is concrete roofing tile that neutralizes smog-forming nitrogen oxides, is being installed by  builders in Texas, Florida and California.

New green home features near net zero energy usage

New green home features near net zero energy usage

A storm in 2008 led to the design and construction of a new green home in Apple Valley, Minn.

Green roof 101: Tips on installing a living roof

Green roof 101: Tips on installing a living roof

Green roofs provide beauty and environmental benefits to a community.

Appreciating green roofs

Appreciating green roofs

Like many people, while I appreciate the city, I feel the most peaceful when I'm surrounded by nature. In urban environments, this isn't always easy to accomplish.

An unexpected benefit of a green roof

An unexpected benefit of a green roof

My office sits on top of half of our garage, which has a flat roof, so I look out on the roof of the other half of the garage. I had always been intrigued by green roofs, so that seemed...

Smog-eating tile arrives in California

Smog-eating tile arrives in California

KB Home is installing smog-eating concrete tile on the roofs of new homes in Southern California.

Team New York project gains momentum as Solar Decathlon draws closer

Team New York project gains momentum as Solar Decathlon draws closer

Team New York has been busy working on construction documents, working towards the completion of a built reality for the 2011 Solar Decathlon. The compilation of construction documents -- a set of drawings that analyze the construction details of a...

Solar Decathlon team prepares for new academic year

Solar Decathlon team prepares for new academic year

The fall semester has commenced at The City College of New York, and the persistence of the Solar Decathlon Team New York members has strongly endured the change of seasons! This semester, we continue our student club meetings and begin...

The beginnings of an urban transformation

The beginnings of an urban transformation

On April 15, 2010, after a six-month selection process, The City College of New York gained entry into one of the most prestigious student competitions in the world -- the Solar Decathlon 2011, organized by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Green roofs can put green back in your pocket

Green roofs can put green back in your pocket

ProudGreenHome blogger Lois Vitt Sale explains the benefits of her green roof.

Cool Roofs Can Reduce Carbon Emissions

Cool Roofs Can Reduce Carbon Emissions

Cool roofs can reduce carbon emissions by lowering the need for fossil-fuel generated electricity to run air conditioners.

Design phase is crucial when building zero energy homes

Design phase is crucial when building zero energy homes

This video provides an excellent tutorial about the principles behind zero energy homes.

Justifying your green roof

Justifying your green roof

So what is storm water? Storm water is rain that is derailed from the hydrologic cycle by the built environment. This is my interpretation, not the definition you will find in the dictionary.

Slideshow highlights Virginia Tech’s winning entry at Europe Solar Decathlon

Slideshow highlights Virginia Tech’s winning entry at Europe Solar Decathlon

After a disappointing finish at the U.S. Solar Decathlon in 2009, an appearance on Good Morning America fired up the team from Virginia Tech to compete in the Europe Solar Decathlon

Canyon Edge home offers affordable sustainability

Canyon Edge home offers affordable sustainability

Designed by Hurt Partners Architects, this home features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and smart efficient spaces.

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