Community looks to use efficient tiny homes to address veteran homelessness

Community looks to use efficient tiny homes to address veteran homelessness

Looking to help combat veteran homelessness, students, educators and leaders in Monterey County, Calif., hope to create a village of net-zero energy tiny houses. But when Monterey Peninsula College’s Green Building Design course participants present their collection of tiny house...

Calif. Realtors announce affordable housing project

Calif. Realtors announce affordable housing project

In a demonstration of its commitment in advocating for affordable workforce housing in California, the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) is exploring the redevelopment of the site of its Los Angeles headquarters to build affordable workforce rental and for sale...

Maintenance key to getting most of AC units

Maintenance key to getting most of AC units

As many of us get ready to crank the air conditioning, some will wonder if their units will hold up for another summer. While it is easy to push off booking a service appointment, it is a risk best avoided,...

2 Seattle homes among world's first to achieve zero energy certification

2 Seattle homes among world's first to achieve zero energy certification

Two Seattle homes are among the world’s most sustainable. Emerald Star and Cork Haus have received zero energy certifications from the International Living Future Institute as part of its Zero Energy Building certification program, according to a release. The homes...

Sustainable housing community takes shape in Mass.

Ground has been broken on a first-of-its-kind urban agriculture-focused, solar-powered community, designed to combine an energy-efficient lifestyle with affordable housing. Hillside Center for Sustainable Living is a concept that fuses green living and low market prices for Newburyport, Mass., residents,...

Smart home to harvest rainwater, solar energy in Caribbean

Smart home to harvest rainwater, solar energy in Caribbean

A self-sufficient home topped with a soaring cocoon-like structure envisions new heights of off-grid living. The Cocoon Smart Home, designed by Richard’s Architecture + Design (RA+D), will be the first Minergie-ECO certified building in the Dominican Republic, reports Inhabitat. With...

Geothermal-powered Halifax home uses automation for energy savings

Geothermal-powered Halifax home uses automation for energy savings

A luxury home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, combines a modern appearance with advanced technologies to spur energy efficiency. The Syncline House, developed by Omar Gandhi Architect, is a two-story residence with a mezzanine set atop a rocky foundation that inspired...

Atlanta launches first community-based solar program

Atlanta launches first community-based solar program

Atlanta, with its abundant sunshine, has untapped solar potential many residents are now using as a renewable energy source. April 2018 marked the official launch of Solarize Atlanta, a community-based photovoltaic (PV) group-purchasing solar program for city residents. Solarize Atlanta...

Solar-powered 'sponge' house connects with nature

Solar-powered 'sponge' house connects with nature

The Country House, an environmentally conscious home that embraces indoor-outdoor living in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, is designed to celebrate nature. Completed by 1+1>2 Architects, the house stands out from its neighbors with its sloped thatch roofs, which reference Vietnam’s countryside...

Alexa, Rinnai integrates Amazon technology into water heaters

Alexa, Rinnai integrates Amazon technology into water heaters

Rinnai Corp., a leading producer of tankless gas water heaters, has become the first tankless manufacturer to feature Amazon Alexa integrated into its products. The innovation allows users to ask Alexa, “Alexa, ask Rinnai to start circulation,” or say, “Alexa,...

Infographic: 7 best energy-efficient apps for your home

These days, there really is an app for everything. Energy efficiency is no exception. There are a countless number of apps designed specifically to help homeowners become more environmentally-conscious in how they run their homes. The infographic below by Calgary...

Interest in metal roofing rises in hurricane-prone areas

Interest in metal roofing rises in hurricane-prone areas

After a destructive hurricane season last year, homeowners throughout much of the southern United States are looking to better protect their homes as another season looms. They’re increasingly turning to durable materials, such as metal roofing. According to Metal Roofing...

Remodels should focus on form, function

Remodels should focus on form, function

Spring has sprung, and as temperatures rise across the country, so does interest among homeowners for sprucing up around the house and remodeling. Spending on home improvements is expected to grow nearly 5 percent in 2018, according to the National...

Federal funding to support home energy improvement research

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to invest up to $11.5 million to support early-stage research and validation of energy performance improvements in existing and new residential buildings. With more than 118 million single-family, multifamily and mobile homes across the...

Now 200 communities are solar friendly

Now 200 communities are solar friendly

Every local government in the United States is eligible to receive no-cost technical assistance to achieve designation by SolSmart.

5 ways to more sustainable home construction

5 ways to more sustainable home construction

The terms “green” and “sustainable” both describe more efficient, environmentally-responsible ways of using resources in the construction industry. In the past, only specialty builders marketed themselves as green. Now, around one-third of the U.S.

Infographic: Lifespan of essential household items

If you’ve ever had an air conditioner fail on a hot summer day, you understand the importance of anticipating when household items need to be repaired or replaced. Not only is it annoying to deal with a broken appliance, but...

Infographic: Comparing U.S. daily water use to parched Cape Town

Infographic: Comparing U.S. daily water use to parched Cape Town

If you take a five-minute shower and flush your toilet just once, you’ve already used more than the daily allotment of water for Cape Town, South Africa, residents. As the city approaches “Day Zero,” the day Cape Town is expected...

Green-roofed Argentinian home boasts thermally efficient envelope

Green-roofed Argentinian home boasts thermally efficient envelope

A new South American home with thermal efficiency at its core has the feel as if it grew out of the landscape. Standing in a clearing in Tortuguitas, Argentina, the timber-clad AA House crafted by Buenos Aires-based IR arquitectura embraces...

Infographic: Finding alternatives to using sand in construction

Sand is the second-most extracted resource on Earth after water. However, it is not infinite.

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