South Dakota's first Passive House apartments to benefit low-income families

When Copper Pass apartments in eastern Sioux Falls opens in September, they will be the first of their kind in South Dakota. The structure will be the state’s first multi-family housing building designed to meet international Passive House standards —...

Philippines envisions green smart city to combat pollution

Philippines envisions green smart city to combat pollution

Communities around the world are looking for ways to fight pollution. Wising up to the threat posing potential health hazards to residents, cities like the Philippine capital of Manila see the development of a smart city as the solution. Manila...

New initiative plans to replace aging mobile homes with energy efficient houses

New initiative plans to replace aging mobile homes with energy efficient houses

Deteriorating mobile homes dot the landscape across Kentucky, with thousands of residents living in structures that are the epitome of inefficiency. The intent of a new state program is to remove those dilapidated trailers and replace them with permanent, high-performing...

Hemp could help grow sustainable home industry

Known for its versatility, hemp – used in everything from clothing to paper – is becoming part of home construction. An Australian company is using the plant to create panels that make up the thermal envelope of new carbon-negative homes...

Fla. residents saving money as part of LEED-platinum community

Fla. residents saving money as part of LEED-platinum community

A LEED-certified home typically leads to lower energy costs and higher structural performance. A hundred homeowners in one Florida community are relishing the benefits of living in some of the most efficient residences available. The homes don’t just simply meet green certification.

St. Louis program designed to spur home energy upgrades

A new, low-interest loan program is giving residents of St. Louis incentive to make energy efficient improvements to their homes. GreenHELP aims to help homeowners make their houses more eco-friendly and potentially trim their energy expenses, reports St.

8 tiny homes built tough for off-grid living

8 tiny homes built tough for off-grid living

Despite their growing appeal, tiny houses deter many prospective owners because of their lack of elbow room. The website Inhabitat recently spotlighted eight tiny homes that smaller structure aren’t delicate in nature, but actually just as resilient as any traditional...

Farm-themed neighborhood taking root in South Florida

Farm-themed neighborhood taking root in South Florida

A South Florida community is going from neighborhood to agrihood. The 2,000-home project called Arden, which integrates agriculture into a residential neighborhood, is under construction near West Palm Beach with a 5-acre working farm that will grow tropical fruits, vegetables,...

Community solar can help meet zero net energy goals

Community solar can help meet zero net energy goals

Using community solar to power energy-efficient homes can benefit both consumers and the environment, a new analysis finds. Community solar allows individual households to purchase shares of a larger solar project, sited in the community, instead of getting an individual...

Survey: Clean, renewable energy the way forward for Florida

Access to clean and renewable energy for businesses and homes is critical to Florida’s future and in mitigating the effects of climate change, most of the state’s residents said in a new study. Business leaders and residents polled for the...

Complex earns Utah's first multifamily LEED platinum certification

Complex earns Utah's first multifamily LEED platinum certification

An apartment building in Utah has become that state’s first multifamily structure to earn a prestigious green building honor. Alta Gateway Station in Salt Lake City recently received LEED platinum certification, according to a release. The LEED rating system, developed...

Annual energy expense for home prototype projected at $69

Annual energy expense for home prototype projected at $69

Imagine the annual energy cost for your home being only about what it costs to take a family to dinner. A new carbon positive home in one of Australia’s first sustainable housing projects is expected to rack up just $69...

Report: Communities toss less trash when paying for what's discarded

Communities where residents pay for just the trash they toss tend to throw away less trash than those living in communities with other forms of waste management efforts, according to a new report. WasteZero, a leader in helping cities and...

3D-printed efficient homes could be 'milestone' in face of labor shortage

3D-printed efficient homes could be 'milestone' in face of labor shortage

Five houses of varying sizes going up in Netherlands

Eatin' good in the Hawaiian agrihood

Eatin' good in the Hawaiian agrihood

A first-of-its-kind residential community in Hawaii, where residents will be encouraged to grow their own food, soon will take shape on the state’s big island. Officials have OK’d the development of a sustainable agrihood on Hawaii Island, giving final approval...

Michigan students getting lesson in sustainable home building

Michigan students getting lesson in sustainable home building

A group of University of Michigan students – and some prospective green builders – are erecting a sustainable home on the campus. The students are crafting the structure from straw bales and layers of adobe as part of a green...

New solar plant to power 10,000 Kansas homes

Some 10,000 homes in Kansas soon will benefit from solar power. The city of Pratt has teamed with Inovateus Solar and Kenyon Energy to build a solar farm. Once in operation – the farm is expected to be operational in...

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...

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...

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...

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