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DC Current Applications Emerging in an AC Environment as Renewable Energies Grow

Most of us don’t realize that the majority of our energy-efficient equipment we use daily in our homes and businesses runs on direct current. But, the power coming in to our buildings is alternating current. This conversion results in lost energy. A solution to prevent this amount of lost energy is achieved by integrating dedicated DC systems.

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Heating and Cooling Your Home with Green Technologies: A Guide to Creating an Energy Efficient Home

The EPA says more than 40 percent of the energy use in a home goes to heating and hot water. We can reduce this energy use by up to 50 percent through more efficient heating. This guide reviews some of the key products and technologies that directly address the major energy uses in the home.

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Selecting Active Technologies for an Energy-Efficient Home

A popular approach for a green home is called Passive House. It calls for designing a home with a very tight building envelope and very high levels of insulation to minimize the need for mechanical heating and cooling. An alternative...

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Washington, D.C. Could Enhance Livability with Smart Surface Technologies

Smart surface strategies, such as cool roofs, green roofs, solar PV and porous pavements could enhance health and livability and cut summer peak temperature.

LEED Platinum Prefab Model Rated for Hurricane Zones (video)

Construction crews can install the modular home in one day because it is 90 percent built in a Central Florida manufacturing plant.

Prefab Homes and Small Homes Trends Combine in New Book

The latest book from author Sheri Koones explores the beauty, variety, design, and positive benefits of small-scale, prefab construction.

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%.

Do You Know Your Home's Sun Number?

Millions of Americans looking to buy a home have a new resource to help them go solar in the process.

Solar PPAs Offer Free Energy with No Upfront Costs

Besides saving money, homeowners with a medium size house can expect to remove approximately 9,200 pounds of toxic pollution each year.

Industry Reacts to Tesla's Solar Roof Plans

There are still a number of roadblocks to success in the solar shingle market that leading developers found insurmountable.

Tesla Announces New Solar Roof Shingles (video)

With 4 to 5 million new roofs installed in the U.S. each year, there's a big opportunity to tap into the power of the sun with solar shingles.

Behind the Scenes With the DOE Housing Innovation Award Winners

Building homes that produce as much energy as they consume is the goal of the DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home program.

Solar Installation Expected to Pay Off in 5 Years

Seeming to float in midair, the system is cantilevered off a 30-foot-high retaining wall and hidden by an infinity pool overlooking downtown Los Angeles.

Attractive Panels Deliver Solar Flair

Not only was first-gen solar ugly, the real estate industry beat up homes that had it, actually dinging sale and appraisal values.

High Performance Homes 'LEED' to Savings for Owners

Of the 647,800 single-family homes build in the United States in 2014, less than 1 percent met LEED standards.

NGBS Green Certified Home Focuses on Healthy Living and Performance

Through its NGBS Green Certification Program, Home Innovation certifies homes to the rigorous requirements of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS).

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.

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Home solar power systems can be a great way to reduce home energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. But is solar power right for your home? Learn about the latest advances in residential solar power systems and best practices for implementation.

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