The Midwest: A heartland with a heart for sustainability

The Midwest: A heartland with a heart for sustainability

Founder and chairman Bob Fincher used part of his summer vacation to tour Midwest companies that are championing the integration of green technologies and tactics into our homes and other buildings. Here's what he found.

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Green building in Canada turning to ICFs

Green building in Canada turning to ICFs

Builders in Canada are turning to insulated concrete forms to meet updates in the National Building Code.

Tiny houses are mighty with ICFs

Tiny houses are mighty with ICFs

The tiny house craze is going strong, and insulated concrete forms are becoming a popular way to build them.

Builders shift from poured walls to ICFs for basements

Builders shift from poured walls to ICFs for basements

While poured walls are still the most common system basement walls, insulated concrete forms are gaining ground in many areas.

ICFs can cost less than traditional construction

ICFs can cost less than traditional construction

One of the questions we always hear is, how much does an ICF home cost?

Home energy audits can spur major savings

Home energy audits can spur major savings

Professional or do-it-yourself options spotlight problems

5 tips for transforming homes into smart devices

5 tips for transforming homes into smart devices

Real opportunity involves incorporating technology during design, construction phases

Build custom and semi-custom homes with ICFs

Build custom and semi-custom homes with ICFs

Home buyers aren't satisfied with the same old house anymore. They want something a little extra for their investment. Builders can set themselves apart by building a better home with insulated concrete forms.

Infographic: How to save money on a bathroom remodel

Infographic: How to save money on a bathroom remodel

Setting a budget, proper planning are key

2017's LEED-ing sustainable homes recognized

2017's LEED-ing sustainable homes recognized

Innovative projects, developers, builders showcased in annual USGBC awards

Take action to keep summer energy bills in check

Take action to keep summer energy bills in check

Zehnder America offers 6 tips to save energy this summer

Builders can tap ICF training

Builders can tap ICF training

There is plenty of free or low-cost training available for architects and contractors to learn how to design and build ICF structures.

EV charging stations more than a luxury, now a differentiator

EV charging stations more than a luxury, now a differentiator

Electric vehicles still account for a small percentage of automobiles on U.S. roads but the growth trend is upward. And that means builders and developers are increasingly compelled to include EV charging stations in their projects.

'Home of the future' is here

'Home of the future' is here

One of nation's largest builders to construct all of its homes ready to accommodate latest smart technology

Push to combat high energy bills helping boost residential insulation market

Push to combat high energy bills helping boost residential insulation market

Research expects market value to surpass $36 billion by 2024

3 advantages to building with LEED materials

3 advantages to building with LEED materials

Green approach contributes efficiency, value, sustainability risk

3 secrets to living in an ICF home

3 secrets to living in an ICF home

Homebuyers tend to look at using ICF construction for energy efficiency and strength.

5 low-cost products that pay for themselves on your water bill

5 low-cost products that pay for themselves on your water bill

Shorter showers and fewer car washes can save only so much water. These online-available products can help you get every last drop's worth from your water bill.

Electric Radiant Heat: Lower temperature and larger heating area

Electric Radiant Heat: Lower temperature and larger heating area

Radiant heating is better at maintaining an even temperature than traditional heating systems.

Green Gab Podcast | Moisture – Not in My Home

Green Gab Podcast | Moisture – Not in My Home

The secret in our homes with all this water and moisture around us, is figuring out how to keep the balance.

Summer sustainability

Summer sustainability

6 ways to trim home energy expenses, boost eco-friendliness this season

Golden State's solar mandate represents golden opportunities

Golden State's solar mandate represents golden opportunities

Industry must help residents see value of renewable energy option

Wis. builders works to boost visibility of zero-energy homes

Wis. builders works to boost visibility of zero-energy homes

Good design, ensuring buyers understand financial and lifestyle benefits are key

BIM and ICFs: A winning combination

BIM and ICFs: A winning combination

Designing and specifying a high-performance building has never been easier, thanks to BIM.

ICFs helping protect these 8 waterfront homes

ICFs helping protect these 8 waterfront homes

Blocks used to help structures endure Mother Nature's fury while still promoting appealing aesthetics

In 2017, Georgetown transitioned into a 100% clean energy city. I wanted to find out why & how

In 2017, Georgetown transitioned into a 100% clean energy city. I wanted to find out why & how

Renewable energy source contracts included fixed prices for the city's long-term future.

Heating technology has come a long way

Heating technology has come a long way

How conductive polymer is changing today's heating technology.

Plastic consuming our global home

Plastic consuming our global home

World Environment Day spotlights pending dangers, encourages everyone to minimize usage

How to save money, protect environment during drought

How to save money, protect environment during drought

Conservation, technology can make significant impact

ICFs speed up below-grade structures

ICFs speed up below-grade structures

A basement shouldn't be a damp, scary place to store your household junk. But if it's built out of block or poured walls, it might be.

ProudGreenHome.com announces products and media editor, Instagram channel

ProudGreenHome.com announces products and media editor, Instagram channel

Moves designed to "reach audience where they are"

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Protect Homes in High Wind Zones with Roof Sheathing Products

Protect Homes in High Wind Zones with Roof Sheathing Products

Many builders in high-wind zone areas are now building to higher standards to help their customers withstand natural disasters. This white paper looks at one such standard, the FORTIFIED Homes program, and how builders are achieving the certification.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Huber Engineered Woods


Battle the Elements with Resilient Homes Built with Insulated Concrete Forms

Battle the Elements with Resilient Homes Built with Insulated Concrete Forms

Insurance companies, state regulators and government agencies are providing significant insurance discounts for homes built to new, more resilient standards like the FORTIFIED Home standard. This white paper covers one popular approach to building a storm-resilient home — using insulated concrete forms (ICFs) for the wall assembly and foundation.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


High-Performance Roofing Systems at No or Little Additional Cost

High-Performance Roofing Systems at No or Little Additional Cost

Innovations make roofing tiles more affordable and cost-efficient than ever, even when adding solar to the mix. Here’s how.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: 3 IN 1 ROOF


Using, Heating, and Saving Water

Using, Heating, and Saving Water

This guide looks at some of the latest and best strategies in heating, conserving and reclaiming water in the residential setting, both single and multifamily situations.

Type: Guide

Sponsors: ProudGreenBuilding.com , ProudGreenHome.com


A Close Look at Radiant Heating Options

A Close Look at Radiant Heating Options

Radiant floor heating is not new, but recent advances in technology and efficiencies have resulted in homeowners and heating contractors taking a close look at these systems. This white paper looks at a few radiant heating options and identifies one that is leading the way in efficiency.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


Below-Grade Insulation: Basements, Slabs and Crawl Spaces

Below-Grade Insulation: Basements, Slabs and Crawl Spaces

Insulation is a must when combating air, moisture and other potential hazards that can befall an unprotected foundation. This white paper takes a look at some methods for insulating the three most common types of foundations – basements, slabs and crawl spaces.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ProudGreenHome.com


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