Students show net-zero home possible amid challenges of historic district

As industries seek to renovate and recover old homes in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine district, they struggle with incorporating new energy-saving practices to historically sensitive neighborhoods. A team of University of Cincinnati students recently set out to solve this problem through the...

Study highlights environmental cost of tearing down Vancouver's single-family homes

Rising property values in Vancouver, British Columbia, have resulted in the demolition of an unprecedented number of single-family homes in recent years, many of which were replaced with the same type of structure. Despite the better energy performance of the...

Norman first Okla. city to commit to clean energy

Norman first Okla. city to commit to clean energy

The city of Norman, Okla., wants to become a statewide leader in environmental policy. Its City Council has approved a resolution to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035, reports the Norman Transcript. The measure makes Norman the first...

Tackling 8 tough objections to renewable energy

Tackling 8 tough objections to renewable energy

Going solar is an investment and is commonly met with objections, many of them the byproduct of misconception or perspectives askew. That said, solar companies should never let the fears of a solar prospect intrude on what he or she knows. The best way to handle objection to solar power is to break down the roadblocks forming the objection.

Community looks to use efficient tiny homes to address veteran homelessness

Community looks to use efficient tiny homes to address veteran homelessness

Looking to help combat veteran homelessness, students, educators and leaders in Monterey County, Calif., hope to create a village of net-zero energy tiny houses. But when Monterey Peninsula College’s Green Building Design course participants present their collection of tiny house...

Calif. Realtors announce affordable housing project

Calif. Realtors announce affordable housing project

In a demonstration of its commitment in advocating for affordable workforce housing in California, the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) is exploring the redevelopment of the site of its Los Angeles headquarters to build affordable workforce rental and for sale...

Atlanta launches first community-based solar program

Atlanta launches first community-based solar program

Atlanta, with its abundant sunshine, has untapped solar potential many residents are now using as a renewable energy source. April 2018 marked the official launch of Solarize Atlanta, a community-based photovoltaic (PV) group-purchasing solar program for city residents. Solarize Atlanta...

Interest in metal roofing rises in hurricane-prone areas

Interest in metal roofing rises in hurricane-prone areas

After a destructive hurricane season last year, homeowners throughout much of the southern United States are looking to better protect their homes as another season looms. They’re increasingly turning to durable materials, such as metal roofing. According to Metal Roofing...

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...

Now 200 communities are solar friendly

Now 200 communities are solar friendly

Every local government in the United States is eligible to receive no-cost technical assistance to achieve designation by SolSmart.

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...

Infographic: Comparing U.S. daily water use to parched Cape Town

Infographic: Comparing U.S. daily water use to parched Cape Town

If you take a five-minute shower and flush your toilet just once, you’ve already used more than the daily allotment of water for Cape Town, South Africa, residents. As the city approaches “Day Zero,” the day Cape Town is expected...

Infographic: Finding alternatives to using sand in construction

Sand is the second-most extracted resource on Earth after water. However, it is not infinite.

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...

Poll: 84% of Massachusetts residents want clean energy choice

Poll: 84% of Massachusetts residents want clean energy choice

Massachusetts residents overwhelmingly want to be able to choose their energy supplier, choose clean energy and want more renewable energy in the state’s power system, according to a new poll. Support for clean energy choice cut across the typical partisan...

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...

Value-add multifamily investors benefit from green financing

Value-add multifamily investors benefit from green financing

Apartment investors have taken advantage of low-interest loans through green financing programs offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with about 40 percent of the organizations’ business being green. The loans have proven so useful to value-add investors – those...

World coming up short to meet 2030 energy targets for sustainable development

The world is falling behind the pace required to meet global energy targets for 2030, with a billion people still living without electricity and about 40 percent of the global population lacking access to clean cooking fuels, according to a...

Shining star: Pearl earns first Fitwel certification for multifamily building

Shining star: Pearl earns first Fitwel certification for multifamily building

Honor recognizes positive impacts on occupant health, well-being through improvements to building design, operations

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