Energy efficiency

April 08, 2016

NRDC reports that advanced water heaters could save consumers up to $200 annually and could cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 50 percent.

Smart ventilation systems that test air flow using variables such as temperature, dew point, time of day, and occupancy are being tested for humid-climate homes like this one in Atlanta. 

March 24, 2016

Current research and future initiatives will make it easier to build energy-efficient homes. Here’s a look at what’s up and coming

More than 3,300 homes on path to zero energy

Zero Energy Idea House. Photo: Kathleen Leavitt Cragun/Creative Commons.

March 23, 2016

This represents almost 1% of 2014 housing starts.

March 14, 2016

Terms that convey the upside of energy savings while addressing consumer desires go a long way in selling high-performance

Dwell Development built this Zero Energy Ready Home in Seattle.

March 14, 2016

A new survey from the Net-Zero Energy Coalition found that there are currently 6,771 residential units that produce as much renewable energy as they con­sume, or could do so with slight modifications.

GreenHill Contracting Preserve in Esopus, New Paltz, N.Y. 

February 03, 2016

These award-winning homes demonstrate the business and environmental opportunities that sustainable building affords.

New materials that reduce air infiltration, such as housewraps and high-density insulation, can also contributed to the reduced drying potential of building assemblies.
January 15, 2016

Modern building assemblies are less tolerant of design and installation flaws, which requires that today’s homes be better designed and built.

U.S. Dept. of Energy weighs in on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code

Photo: Ildar Sagdejev/Wikimedia Commons.

January 11, 2016

The DOE made 12 specific proposals covering a wide breadth of issues for residential buildings.

Massachusetts adds incentive to boost home solar

Photo: Michael Coghlan/Creative Commons.

January 07, 2016

The state pledged $30 million for local banks and credit unions under the state’s new Mass Solar Loan program.

December 07, 2015

Three award-winning houses prove that building Zero Energy Ready Homes is good business.


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