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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Poll: 84% of Massachusetts residents want clean energy choice

Poll: 84% of Massachusetts residents want clean energy choice

Massachusetts residents overwhelmingly want to be able to choose their energy supplier, choose clean energy and want more renewable energy in the state’s power system, according to a new poll. Support for clean energy choice cut across the typical partisan...

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