The current mantra in designing homes is “tear down those walls!” Open floorplans are must-haves because they accentuate the casual living environment that consumers crave.
Historically, residential ventilation wasn’t considered a problem by builders or homeowners because it was largely believed that operable windows and high rates of enclosure leakage provided enough outside air in the home.
People spend nearly 90 percent of their time indoors, with the majority of that time spent in their homes
Building homes in factories could help reduce the industry’s energy consumption
Hempcrete provides natural insulation, is airtight yet breathable, impervious to mold, and virtually fireproof
A residential photovoltaic installation in Bayview, Wisc., in 2007. Photo: Mjmonty/Flickr
As music and film streaming becomes more on-demand, so do energy-efficient utilities
The two companies are joining to create a retrofitted net-zero energy, water, and waste research home near Purdue University in Indiana
Houston-area builder M Street Homes' first Zero Energy Ready Home employs a unique bundled arrangement of mechanical systems
Cost-effective ways to meet zero-energy-ready home requirements
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State housing authorities are starting to take an interest in Passive House standards
Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Heisenberg Media/Wikimedia Commons
Instead of building a battery room, eco-conscious homeowners can simply mount a sleek Powerwall
Are homebuyers more interested in being green or saving green?