Green building trends and technology at IBS 2014

Green building trends and technology at IBS 2014

The International Builders’ Show kicks off the building season for 2014 bringing together the best and brightest in the construction industry. It’s where builders and others in the industry learn about the latest trends in building homes and commercial buildings....

A look back at the top blogs of 2013

A look back at the top blogs of 2013

ACEs share their unique green building expertise.

Avoid unwanted surprises behind your walls

Avoid unwanted surprises behind your walls

If you’re like me, you likely watch a lot of reality home improvement shows. Have you noticed that during the renovation process homeowners are almost always confronted with nasty surprises behind their walls—rot, decay, mold, pests, no insulation, etc.? These...

Outperform the ordinary and discover an extraordinary home experience

Outperform the ordinary and discover an extraordinary home experience

If you’re planning to run a marathon, would you ask your athletic shoe salesperson to equip you with the most basic pair of sneakers they have? Would you be satisfied wearing shoes made without consideration for your comfort, support and...

Real-world study tracks performance of green home building (video)

How much does green home building matter in a home lived in by a busy family? Pets go in and out several times a day, kids forget to turn the lights out, many loads of laundry and dishes a week...

Real-world tests provide peace of mind for homeowner investments

Real-world tests provide peace of mind for homeowner investments

When it comes to homebuilding, you’re not the only one who wants to be 100 percent sure that the systems and products you select are increasing your home’s comfort, durability, quality and value. Part of my job at Dow Building...

Homeowners cannot afford to NOT build high-performance homes

Homeowners cannot afford to NOT build high-performance homes

New home construction hit a three year high in March, with 153,000 new houses on the market.[1] If you’re in the process of or are thinking about building a new home, it is vital that you choose a builder who...

Move-in to long-term savings and comfort

Move-in to long-term savings and comfort

Data is showing that the residential real estate market is heating up as an increasing number of homebuyers enter the marketplace. In a fast paced market where properties are selling quickly (median time on the market for homes was 46...

DIY tips to keep your homes cool & pest-free this summer

DIY tips to keep your homes cool & pest-free this summer

As temperatures are starting to rise, now is the perfect time to “summer proof” your home. Just as important as winter-proofing, there are several straight forward DIY projects that will quickly provide a tangible return on investment and help keep...

Homebuilder brings Energy Star-rated homes to a broad market base (Photos)

Homebuilder brings Energy Star-rated homes to a broad market base (Photos)

Grayhawk Homes offers high performance in floor plans starting in the low $100s.

Be green and save green all year long

Be green and save green all year long

Each year on April 22 the world pauses to recognize environmental protection as part of International Mother Earth Day. However, the principles of Earth Day shouldn’t be limited to one day. We can all take simple steps to help make...

How to take advantage of tax credits and improve your home

How to take advantage of tax credits and improve your home

With April 15th quickly approaching, the topic of deductions, credits and exemptions take center stage as homeowners prepare their 2013 tax returns with the hope of receiving a tax refund this year. As one tax year closes, another begins, making...

Construction update: Proud Green Home at Serenbe ready for drywall

Construction update: Proud Green Home at Serenbe ready for drywall

Work accelerates on the interior as mechanical systems and insulation are installed.

Solar shingles power NEXUS EnergyHomes on the East Coast

Solar shingles power NEXUS EnergyHomes on the East Coast

NEXUS EnergyHomes Inc. will offer Dow POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles to homebuyers in their upcoming Nexus GeoSolar Communities, as well as to their new construction luxury custom homebuyers, and clients within the trending teardown market. The POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle is an...

IBS: Dow Building Solutions

IBS: Dow Building Solutions

Teena Hammond, editor of ProudGreenHome, talks to Gary Parsons, research fellow for Dow Building Solutions, while at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.

Enhancing energy efficiency from the ground up

Enhancing energy efficiency from the ground up

There's no doubt about it in the northern half of America, winter is here. Water freezes, the ground hardens, and homeowners' foundations will feel the effects.

Dow and St. Bernard project to teach veterans marketable building skills

With many veterans struggling to find work in the U.S., The Dow Chemical Company and non-profit St. Bernard Project (SBP) will collaborate on a Dow Sustainability Corps project to teach a new skill-set to veterans who are part of SBP's...

Insulate the attic for maximum efficiency

Insulate the attic for maximum efficiency

As America gears up for Halloween, the "spooky" places in our homes, like the attic, become areas that children fear because of scary stories that they hear and see on TV. For adults, the scary story lies in the fact...

Button up your home this winter

Before long we'll be complaining about the cooler weather and the high cost of energy bills. But you can change the script this year by winterizing your home. It need not be a massive undertaking.

How to create a finished basement

How to create a finished basement

If you're looking to add more livable space to your home, there may not be a need to build an extension; and if you're having this thought while standing in your kitchen, the extra livable space you're looking for is...

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