Green building design and construction practices significantly reduce or eliminate the negative environmental impact of homes. The purpose of the Residential Green Building Guide for New England is to provide a resource to homeowners in the New England area who...
When selecting a roofing material, look for high solar reflectance, endurance of high reflectance over time, and high emittance. This fact sheet compares the most widely used roofing materials in the residential market, asphalt shingles, metal roofing, and clay and concrete tiles.
A radiant barrier system, or RBS, is comprised of a sheet of reflective foil placed next to an air space, such as an attic. A properly installed RBS can block up to 95% of the heat transfer from the roof to the attic insulation, resulting in a cooler living space and less cooling load.
This low maintenance house, built in Cannon Beach, Oregon, produces as much energy as it uses. This home incorporates a number of basic technologies in an innovative way to produce heat, hot water, and electricity.