Windows always cost

Windows always cost

Windows will always add to the expense of operating a home. This is something to be aware of when trying to be as Swamp Yankee Green as possible. Even the most energy efficient windows made are a total heat sieve.

No- and low-cost methods to beating the heat

No- and low-cost methods to beating the heat

It's a catch-22 for those of us who live in climates that experience hot summers- as temperatures rise, we crank up our air conditioners, only later to feel the pain of enlarged electric bills. As a nation, we spend more than $15 billion each year on air conditioning.

How do you build (or retro-fit) an extremely tight and healthy home

How do you build (or retro-fit) an extremely tight and healthy home

Air-tightness and healthy homes should go hand-in-hand, however, certain old habits often get in the way. People need fresh air, but we don't want that air to be filtered through every crack and fungus-filled crevice in our home.

Remodeling is easy with Ply Gem online tool

Remodeling is easy with Ply Gem online tool

Visualize your dream home complete with a new roof, windows and siding by using The Designed Exterior online tool from Ply Gem.

Ask the Expert: How to achieve passive solar in a home

Ask the Expert: How to achieve passive solar in a home

Use passive solar design to reduce your home's energy usage and make your home more energy efficient.

NAHB IBS: Dow Building Solutions

NAHB IBS: Dow Building Solutions

ProudGreenHome Editor Teena Hammond interviews Dow Building Solutions Marketing Manager Lee Heronema about the company's newest green products at the NAHB International Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla.

Blog: Swamp Yankee Green

Blog: Swamp Yankee Green

Award-winning architect Duo Dickinson shares his thoughts on greenwashing, the cynical manipulation of the desire to use environmentally correct products.

Become more energy efficient at home

Become more energy efficient at home

Ways to be more energy efficient at home: Reduce the home's infiltration rate: Depending on your climate zone it might be possible that 50 percent of your utility bill goes into paying for heating or cooling your home. The most effective way to get most "bang for your buck" is to reduce the amount of air leakage in your homes.

My experiences with a messy job site

My experiences with a messy job site

One of the stories I am publishing this week is on the importance of a clean building site. I asked several of the experts who blog for ProudGreenHome to share their thoughts on the subject.

Energy efficiency guru rebuilds home to green standards

Energy efficiency guru rebuilds home to green standards

Deciding whether to remodel or rebuild is a key point in making an older home more energy efficient.

Save money, environment with green home improvement projects

Save money, environment with green home improvement projects

Use the winter months to work on big and small home improvement projects.

Florida home remodel results in energy savings

Florida home remodel results in energy savings

Remodeling a 1968 Florida home resulted in substantial savings for this homeowner.

Build tight, ventilate right

Build tight, ventilate right

Flynner Building Company conducted a blower door test to measure air changes per hour (ACH) on its most recent certified green home and achieved 2.3 ACH, which is 67 percent better than code. Building code is 7 ACH. A blower door is a piece of equipment primarily used to measure the air tightness of small to medium size buildings.

Winterize your house in mild or harsh climates

Winterize your house in mild or harsh climates

Prepare for winter with tips to save money on energy bills.

Three components to bringing a home closer to net zero

Three components to bringing a home closer to net zero

Improving the performance of our existing housing stock is one of the most important initiatives we can take to create major changes in the amount of energy America's homes are consuming today. For so many of us, improving the energy...

Seal building envelope first

Seal building envelope first

With rising energy costs, many homeowners are looking for ways to make their home more energy efficient. Net zero is the ideal, with a home producing as much energy as it uses.

Sage gains momentum with energy-efficient glass (Video)

Sage gains momentum with energy-efficient glass (Video)

Electrochromic glass is a high-tech, energy-efficient alternative to blinds and shutters.

Why net zero?

Why net zero?

There are about 100 net zero homes in the United States. Flynner Building Company built Idaho's first net zero home and will start two more homes this month. To achieve net zero the home will produce as much energy as it consumes over the course of each year.

Home projects to do before winter arrives

Home projects to do before winter arrives

Prepare your home for winter, now. These tips will help homeowners know what to do before the arrival of cold weather. Water is the number one destroyer of homes.

Passive survivability makes homes livable in extreme conditions

Passive survivability makes homes livable in extreme conditions

Passive survivability means that a home is still livable even during extreme conditions, such as a power outage.

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