DOE Announces Winners of Housing Innovation Awards

DOE Announces Winners of Housing Innovation Awards

This year's winners include 26 homes across 5 housing categories from 24 builders.

Great Green Home | Lake Knowles by E2 Homes

Great Green Home | Lake Knowles by E2 Homes

Zero energy homes come in all shapes and sizes. The U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready certified home on Lake Knowles in Winter Park, Florida, is a great example of how ultra-modern can also be ultra-efficient.

Great Green Home | The Julia Plan by Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley

Great Green Home | The Julia Plan by Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley

Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley takes great pride in building high performance homes that are not only affordable to purchase, but also affordable to operate and maintain.

5 things to know about geothermal heat pumps

5 things to know about geothermal heat pumps

Consumers have a lot of choices these days when it comes to heating and cooling systems. One option is right below their feet—taking advantage of the earth’s constant underground temperature nearly 30 feet below the surface. Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs),...

Grant Will Improve Low- and Moderate-Income Homeowner Access to Solar and Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Grant Will Improve Low- and Moderate-Income Homeowner Access to Solar and Energy Efficiency Upgrades

PACE financing levels the playing field for homeowners who do not meet the enhanced credit standard required to finance solar using loans or leases.

Great Green Home | Invision Zero Home by Addison Homes

Great Green Home | Invision Zero Home by Addison Homes

Addison Homes of Greer, South Carolina, built the “Invision Zero South Carolina” home to prove to its market that a conventionally styled zero energy home that produces as much electricity as it consumes is not only possible, it’s practical.

DOE Fighting Red Tape That Slows Solar Installations

DOE Fighting Red Tape That Slows Solar Installations

Communities achieving the highest SolSmart rating are doing even more to speed up the solar process.

Great Green Home | Pebble Creek by DP Construction

Great Green Home | Pebble Creek by DP Construction

Builder Dow Perry’s goal was to build a home that costs the same and looks the same as nearby homes in Prattville, Alabama, but far outperforms them. By all accounts, the high-performance custom spec home he built at the Pebble Creek development was successful.

Energy Department Funds Home Energy Efficiency Studies

Energy Department Funds Home Energy Efficiency Studies

The selected projects will accelerate energy performance improvements in existing and new residential buildings

Great Green Home | Cortez Custom by Mantell-Hecathorn Builders

Great Green Home | Cortez Custom by Mantell-Hecathorn Builders

Mantell-Hecathorn, a long-time ENERGY STAR builder, committed to building all of its homes to the requirements of the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program in 2014 and has since certified five homes through the program, including this custom home in Cortez, Colorado.

Solar House Designed to Stand Up to Hurricanes

Solar House Designed to Stand Up to Hurricanes

The SURE House, winner of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015, was designed by the Stevens Institute of Technology to meet the needs of middle-and-working class residents in New York and New Jersey who experienced severe damage from...

Great Green Home | Revive North Star Plan by Philgreen Construction

Great Green Home | Revive North Star Plan by Philgreen Construction

Philgreen Construction is one of a team of partners including designers, utility engineers, and energy modelers assembled by owners, REVIVE Properties, LLC, with the goal of making REVIVE Fort Collins “the greenest development in Colorado.”

2017 Housing Innovation Awards Application Deadline June 15

2017 Housing Innovation Awards Application Deadline June 15

Don't miss this chance to be recognized as one of the nation's leading builders.

Great Green Home | 5th Street Deep Rehab by Carl Franklin Homes & Green Extreme Homes

Great Green Home | 5th Street Deep Rehab by Carl Franklin Homes & Green Extreme Homes

After suffering an injury in Afghanistan, veteran Leo Perez was unable to work fulltime and had few hopes of owning a home. But with the help of the non-profit community development corporation Green Extreme Homes, for-profit builder Carl Franklin Homes, and multiple volunteer groups, the Perez family now owns a completely refurbished vintage home.

Great Green Home | 2016 New American Home by Element Design Build

Great Green Home | 2016 New American Home by Element Design Build

Every year, visitors to the International Builders Show get to tour a cutting edge home. Last year featured the first one to be certified through the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program and the first DOE Zero Energy Ready certified home constructed by Element Design Build.

Great Green Home | Eastford Farm Bungalow by Paul Torcellini

Great Green Home | Eastford Farm Bungalow by Paul Torcellini

What does a building scientist want in a house when he decides to build his own? “Of course it’s going to be a zero-energy house,” said Paul Torcellini, a principal engineer in the commercial buildings research department at the National...

Great Green Home | Hyland Village by Thrive Home Builders

Great Green Home | Hyland Village by Thrive Home Builders

Teaming with the U.S. Department of Energy has been a successful partnership for Denver-based production builder Thrive Home Builders.

Are You an Energy Consumer or Prosumer? (Video)

Are You an Energy Consumer or Prosumer? (Video)

Prosumers are growing in the energy space as more Americans generate their own power from distributed energy resources.

Great Green Home | The Saragossa Innovation Home by Habitat for Humanity

Great Green Home | The Saragossa Innovation Home by Habitat for Humanity

The South Sarasota Habitat for Humanity affiliate has constructed 21 DOE Zero Energy Ready-labeled homes to date including one home, the Saragossa Innovation Home in Venice, Florida, that won a 2016 DOE Housing Innovation Award.

Survey: Residential Lighting Shifts to LEDs

Survey: Residential Lighting Shifts to LEDs

As lighting technologies evolve and adapt to federal standards, lighting in U.S. homes is in a state of transition, according to the U.S.

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