Be your neighborhood’s eco-friendly epicenter

Be your neighborhood’s eco-friendly epicenter

Green technologies have afforded homeowners the ability to live more comfortably, while saving money and reducing their impact on the planet; however, sustainable products don’t necessarily mean sacrificing luxury. The following options offer you a high standard of living, while reducing your carbon footprint. 1.

Not-so-mean (but effective) green glass cleaners

Not-so-mean (but effective) green glass cleaners

When you are cooped up inside, nothing connects you to the great outdoors quite like a big beautiful window or wall made entirely of glass. At the same time, nothing ruins that glorious effect as quickly or effectively as streaks,...

Oregon governor's mansion gets green upgrades

Oregon governor's mansion gets green upgrades

A historic home makeover inspires green remodeling that's eligible for tax rebates.

Move-in to long-term savings and comfort

Move-in to long-term savings and comfort

Data is showing that the residential real estate market is heating up as an increasing number of homebuyers enter the marketplace. In a fast paced market where properties are selling quickly (median time on the market for homes was 46...

Historic Homes: Repair or Replace?

Historic Homes: Repair or Replace?

Home owners are often persuaded to replace their historic windows to keep up with current and future energy standards. However, one should take into account how much embodied energy it might take to make a new double-hung wood window look like an old one.

NFRC rates window and door energy efficiency

NFRC rates window and door energy efficiency

For high performance windows and doors, look for the ENERGY STAR qualification, backed by the NFRC's rating standards.

IBS: The latest in energy-efficient windows (Video)

IBS: The latest in energy-efficient windows (Video)

Install energy-efficient windows and doors to cut costs and save on monthly utility bills.

PG&E unveils zero net energy home display and modular classroom

PG&E unveils zero net energy home display and modular classroom

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is unveiling the utility's first zero net energy home display and modular classroom at its Energy Training Center in Stockton, Calif. 

The biggest sustainability trends in design for 2012

The biggest sustainability trends in design for 2012

Before we know it we will be welcoming in the new year and embarking on fresh sustainability trends. What those trends will be and which ones will be truly popular is yet to be seen, but what we do know is that in 2012 we saw many sustainable design trends that were embraced with much enthusiasm.

Eco-friendly ways to heat and cool your home

Eco-friendly ways to heat and cool your home

There are so many easy ways to make your home energy efficient and eco friendly. Here's just a few to help you get through the extreme weather months. Insulation - proper insulation will help you prevent loss of heat or cool air from your home.

Garage turns into energy-efficient guest house (Video/Photo Gallery)

Garage turns into energy-efficient guest house (Video/Photo Gallery)

In San Diego, homeowners converted a garage into a guest house complete with LED lighting, energy-efficient windows, insulation, a tankless water heater, water conserving toilet and a low-voltage heating and cooling unit.

Insulate the attic for maximum efficiency

Insulate the attic for maximum efficiency

As America gears up for Halloween, the "spooky" places in our homes, like the attic, become areas that children fear because of scary stories that they hear and see on TV. For adults, the scary story lies in the fact...

How to save with energy-efficient home improvements

How to save with energy-efficient home improvements

Make your home more energy-efficient and save on utility bills with a few easy changes in lighting, windows and doors, and heating and air conditioning.

Super-insulated windows almost never pay for themselves

Super-insulated windows almost never pay for themselves

Triple pane, argon-gas filled insulating glass with every coating imaginable easily doubles or triples the costs of standard windows that adhere to the Energy Code. All windows leak heat like sieves no matter how tightly they seal against the weather....

Winter weatherization tips for your wallet

Winter weatherization tips for your wallet

We might be in the height of football season, but before you know it the leaves will have fallen from the trees and that light breeze will get chillier. That's right folks – winter will be here in the blink...

Building the first U.S. Active House

Building the first U.S. Active House

While attending the 2012 EEBA Excellence in Building Conference this week in Arizona, I had the privilege of hearing many great speakers share their vision & strategy for continuing the high performance momentum in their communities & beyond. The resounding...

Air sealing tips for savings and comfort

Air sealing tips for savings and comfort

The fall is perhaps the best season for opening up the windows and letting in the fresh air. But the extreme temperatures in the summer and winter aren't conducive to open windows, so naturally homeowners shut them tight and turn...

Wood windows and exterior doors

Wood windows and exterior doors

Wood windows and exterior doors always need more maintenance than coated units. Windows and doors are complex assemblages of pieces and parts and hardware, often with movable parts and at points where their ceasing to function can have disastrous results....

Achieve higher building performance with retrofits

Achieve higher building performance with retrofits

Retrofits, or upgrades to existing buildings, enhance environmental performance through cost-effective solutions. There are several means to updating a building's current state, in order to rejuvenate it into a more green-adapting promise for the future. Equipment that has sustained the...

Swamp Yankee Green: Minimize air conditioning

Swamp Yankee Green: Minimize air conditioning

Want to be energy-efficient and Swamp Yankee Green? One trick is to minimize air conditioning. Windows high and low on more than one wall, venting skylights or attic fans, generous eave overhangs, screen porches — anything that promotes air flow...

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