Energy-efficient and healthy don’t have to mean expensive. Our editors have compiled these top real-world strategies to live the way you want to at a price you can afford.
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The Affordable Housing Alliance knew that utility costs were a large part of what made older manufactured homes expensive for residents.
Many buyers have come to expect standard features, and homes integrating specialty green features are becoming more mainstream.
This is one of the first projects completed under Utah’s latest energy conservation codes that require a layer of exterior insulation.
The design of this home exceeds California Title 24 energy efficiency standards by 52.5 percent.
Each home was tested by an independent third party energy rater to develop a HERS Index score.
High-performance homes are using high-tech solutions wall systems that are like a mountain climber's parka that keeps the energy inside even in the harshest conditions.
The home and insulation installer were recognized with a 2018 Industry Excellence Award, winning first prize in the Residential Wall category.
The lease includes annual energy reviews to drive continuous improvement in the building's operation.
It’s easy for people to overlook some of the improvements that can help optimize their remodeling investment.
The overwhelming majority of windows and doors manufactured have an NFRC label.
Builders and homeowners receive a net positive financial return on the sometimes added up-front costs of energy efficient, green or high-performance features.
Settled in the old Seattle neighborhood amidst 100-year-old craftsman style homes, the 3-story, 2,117 square-foot contemporary home stands out as a testament to maximum efficiency.
They have succeeded in creating a home that will still be standing 200 years from now and will still be regenerative to the surrounding ecosystem.
There is an erroneous belief among many building professionals that leaks within ductwork located inside the home, have little effect on overall energy use.
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An energy audit is often the first step to creating a truly energy efficient home. Energy audits can be performed by professionals, but are increasingly done by homeowners with the assistance of auditing devices that operate 24/7 within the home.
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