The Midwest: A heartland with a heart for sustainability

The Midwest: A heartland with a heart for sustainability

Founder and chairman Bob Fincher used part of his summer vacation to tour Midwest companies that are championing the integration of green technologies and tactics into our homes and other buildings. Here's what he found.

Push to combat high energy bills helping boost residential insulation market

Push to combat high energy bills helping boost residential insulation market

Research expects market value to surpass $36 billion by 2024

Wis. builders works to boost visibility of zero-energy homes

Wis. builders works to boost visibility of zero-energy homes

Good design, ensuring buyers understand financial and lifestyle benefits are key

ICFs helping protect these 8 waterfront homes

ICFs helping protect these 8 waterfront homes

Blocks used to help structures endure Mother Nature's fury while still promoting appealing aesthetics

Insulated tiles transform roofs into energy savers

Insulated tiles transform roofs into energy savers

New 3 IN 1 tile combines protection, insulation, solar into a single product to boost energy efficiency

5 reasons to build homes with ICFs

5 reasons to build homes with ICFs

Solid foundation improves home's function

Listen up: Device designed to hush exterior noise

Listen up: Device designed to hush exterior noise

University's prototype expands on noise-canceling technology for residential, commercial use

Testing confirms ERV boosts home's IAQ

Testing confirms ERV boosts home's IAQ

Zehnder solution reduces slew of airborne contaminants

See how new luxury town homes beat Utah's tough energy code

See how new luxury town homes beat Utah's tough energy code

This is one of the first projects completed under Utah’s latest energy conservation codes that require a layer of exterior insulation.

Building green? Don't compromise your home's style

Building green? Don't compromise your home's style

The design of this home exceeds California Title 24 energy efficiency standards by 52.5 percent.

6 ways to build a better thermal envelope for your home

6 ways to build a better thermal envelope for your home

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.

A look at the spray foam insulation and wall systems in the net zero energy Jacobson house

A look at the spray foam insulation and wall systems in the net zero energy Jacobson house

The home and insulation installer were recognized with a 2018 Industry Excellence Award, winning first prize in the Residential Wall category.

How did this concrete panel home cut energy bills by 30%?

How did this concrete panel home cut energy bills by 30%?

The precast concrete structure was installed in just two working days, allowing the house to be under roof in less than two weeks.

NYC's first Passive House apartment building open for rent

NYC's first Passive House apartment building open for rent

Because they are built to such a high level of airtightness, the apartments use heat from daily activities such as laundry to help warm the home.

Go behind the scenes of the first Passive House in Texas

Go behind the scenes of the first Passive House in Texas

Electricity use averaged $1 per day, even with the air conditioning set at 71 degrees.

5 Secrets To Choosing The Best Windows For Your Home

5 Secrets To Choosing The Best Windows For Your Home

The overwhelming majority of windows and doors manufactured have an NFRC label.

Video | Vulnerable families will love a new 3D printed 'home safe home'

Video | Vulnerable families will love a new 3D printed 'home safe home'

The 3D-printed home serves as a proof-of-concept for sustainable homebuilding that will allow for safer, more affordable homes for more families, faster than ever.

Video | Passive House Documentary ‘Superhouse’ Now on Amazon Prime

Video | Passive House Documentary ‘Superhouse’ Now on Amazon Prime

The documentary from Together Magic Films explores the Passive House movement, a new development in home building technology, and how it can help address problems of climate change and the future of our planet.

Green Home Becomes 2nd Living Certified House in the World

Green Home Becomes 2nd Living Certified House in the World

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.

Study: Air Sealing Stops Loss from Interior Ductwork

Study: Air Sealing Stops Loss from Interior Ductwork

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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