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A compilation of green products, ideas, and best practices for residential builders and remodelers.
The International Living Future Institute announced the launch of Delcare, an ingredients label for building products. Declare acts as a “nutrition label,” by providing manufacturers and specifiers of building materials with a list of the product’s components.
solar thermal heating roof
A solar thermal heating system by Swedish company SolTech looks a lot like the curved clay or concrete tiles that might normally adorn a roof. The tiles are made of ordinary transparent glass, allowing the sun to shine through onto the absorbing surface underneath
USGBC, Home Depot, LEED for Homes, green building products, database
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in conjunction with The Home Depot, has launched an online green home products database.
Meritage builds ‘deconstructed’ home to demonstrate green features
Home-building giant Meritage Homes cut the ribbon last month on its first high-performance, green community in the San Antonio area. To help educate potential buyers on the green homes, Meritage built a demonstration home that “literally peels back the walls and ceilings to showcase its energy-saving features,” according to the company.
7 best practices for building affordable green homes
Going green doesn’t have to cost more. Experts at the NAHB Research Center have identified design and construction tactics that builders have used to minimize the cost premium for green.
Owens Corning is taking its tried-and-true EcoTouch fiberglass insulation line to a new level of green with the introduction of
American Standard has debuted the industry’s first truly siphonic, dual-flush toilet, which utilizes the company’s PowerWash technology to provide a strong, yet quiet, push and pull action to scour the bowl with every flush.
When it comes to specifying window systems for new-home projects, energy efficiency and price are the top considerations among home builders, according to a December 2010 survey of Professional Builder readers. Nearly eight in 10 survey respondents ranked energy efficiency as a top factor, while about two-thirds said price is a key consideration.
The largest of the three Show Village homes at 3,060 square feet, the Treasure Sands model is designed specifically for the resort rental market, with accommodations for multiple families and large groups. The four-bedroom house is loaded with a variety of living and entertainment spaces and amenities, including a home theater, hobby room, and master suite retreat.
At a scant 528 square feet, the Eco-Cabana model from Palm Harbor Homes may be small in stature but it is mighty when it comes to green living. Designed to meet DOE’s Builders Challenge energy performance requirements of sub-70 on the HERS Index, the model will be loaded with high-performance, sustainable features.