Silo-turned-apartment-tower earns international recognition

Silo-turned-apartment-tower earns international recognition

A reimagined industrial grain container in Denmark has been named the best tall building in Europe, reports Mansion Global. The structure was recognized by the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The Silo, now a 17-story apartment building...

East meets West: Calif., N.Y. advancing clean energy

East meets West: Calif., N.Y. advancing clean energy

California’s new landmark mandate, requiring solar panels on new home constructions, and New York’s ongoing Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, illustrate just how different paths can lead to accomplish the same intent: fight climate change. They are also indicative...

Charred timber cladding, green roof connect Victorian-era home to nature

Charred timber cladding, green roof connect Victorian-era home to nature

To embrace indoor and outdoor living, a new Victorian-era house in London has been outfitted with a new extension wrapped in Shou Sugi Ban cladding. Designed by Neil Dusheiko Architects, Black Ridge House provides a modern contrast to the original...

Poll: 83% of Illinois residents want clean energy choices

Poll: 83% of Illinois residents want clean energy choices

Illinois residents overwhelmingly want to be able to choose their energy supplier, choose clean energy and they want more renewable energy in the Illinois power system, according to a new poll. The poll commissioned by CleanChoice Energy, a renewable energy...

Infographic: Home innovations that can save money

Smart home technology can make things easier, but can it actually save you money? Davis Audio recently studied the 10 most popular smart home devices to find out how they can pay for themselves. The infographic below from Davis Audio...

Crawl space encapsulation keeps homes healthy

Crawl space encapsulation keeps homes healthy

Although homeowners rarely visit their crawl space, it is important to keep this in good condition. Keeping it unclean and moist can lead to risks to homeowners, their families and their homes – not to mention the structure's performance. Crawl space encapsulation is a method of sealing the crawl space.

3 best practices for constructing ICF buildings

3 best practices for constructing ICF buildings

Many companies and private residents are looking for more durable, storm-ready construction.

Shout it out: Whisper Valley named Austin's best new community

Shout it out: Whisper Valley named Austin's best new community

Whisper Valley, a zero-energy capable community in East Austin, has been named Best New Community by The Homebuilder Association of Greater Austin. The award honors builders and developers who made significant contributions in residential real estate in 2017. All Whisper...

Infographic: How much does a smart home actually save?

Energy saving smart devices are no longer things of the future. The recent eruption of smart home technology has given us everything from smart lights that turn off automatically to smart power strips that can “unplug” devices not in use....

Students show net-zero home possible amid challenges of historic district

As industries seek to renovate and recover old homes in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine district, they struggle with incorporating new energy-saving practices to historically sensitive neighborhoods. A team of University of Cincinnati students recently set out to solve this problem through the...

Vermont law aims to spur energy savings

Vermont law aims to spur energy savings

A new energy-efficiency law could end up saving Vermonters hundreds of millions of dollars. The bill signed by Gov. Phil Scott sets 16 separate efficiency standards for products ranging from computer monitors to commercial deep fryers and fluorescent bulbs, reports...

Report: Energy-efficiency employment climbing

Report: Energy-efficiency employment climbing

Energy-efficiency employment in the United States topped 6.5 million in 2017, according to recent research. That’s an increase of about 2 percent, or 133,000 jobs, and the jump represented nearly 7 percent of all new jobs added across the country...

6 must-knows for choosing best energy-efficient appliances

6 must-knows for choosing best energy-efficient appliances

While the initial cost of a new appliance might appear expensive, if you analyze the cost in energy savings between new and old units, newer energy-efficient appliances pay for themselves in a short time. Below are six things homeowners should...

Clean biocoal heating up with hemp, forest debris and kenaf

Clean biocoal heating up with hemp, forest debris and kenaf

The University of Louisville continues to research ways, components to make better biocoal.

Concrete home uses mesh walls to connect with nature

Concrete home uses mesh walls to connect with nature

A concrete home on Japan’s Okinawa Island uses concrete to protect against and capitalize on nature. Using a passive design, Ma of Wind by Japanese firm Ryuichi Ashizawa Architects attempts to bring outdoor elements into the interior as much as...

Reflective technology designed to increase siding resilience

Ply Gem, a leading North American building products manufacturer, has unveiled new technology designed to boost siding performance. SolarDefense reflective technology is available on select vinyl siding lines from Mastic by Ply Gem, according to a release. SolarDefense provides protection...

Study highlights environmental cost of tearing down Vancouver's single-family homes

Rising property values in Vancouver, British Columbia, have resulted in the demolition of an unprecedented number of single-family homes in recent years, many of which were replaced with the same type of structure. Despite the better energy performance of the...

Norman first Okla. city to commit to clean energy

Norman first Okla. city to commit to clean energy

The city of Norman, Okla., wants to become a statewide leader in environmental policy. Its City Council has approved a resolution to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035, reports the Norman Transcript. The measure makes Norman the first...

Tackling 8 tough objections to renewable energy

Tackling 8 tough objections to renewable energy

Going solar is an investment and is commonly met with objections, many of them the byproduct of misconception or perspectives askew. That said, solar companies should never let the fears of a solar prospect intrude on what he or she knows. The best way to handle objection to solar power is to break down the roadblocks forming the objection.

Infographic: Energy-saving lightbulb checklist

Infographic: Energy-saving lightbulb checklist

One of the easiest – and quickest – ways to score significant energy savings these days in homes is through lighting upgrades. An average household dedicates about 5 percent of its energy budget to lighting, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

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