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Preferred Energy Sources

June 3rd, 2015

There’s no doubt that today’s homeowners have clean energy on the mind. In fact, according to a jointly sponsored survey conducted by SolarCity, a solar installer, and Clean Edge, a marketing research firm, solar and wind energy are preferred energy sources for the future of U.S. homes, reports Realtor Mag. Results were derived from a […]

Spray foam insulation has a lot of benefits. It protects buildings from moisture intrusion, provides up to three times more insulation than that of traditional fiberglass, and saves a great deal in energy costs. Although beneficial to the environment, there is also research that implies spray foam can be detrimental to one’s health if not […]

The 2013 International Builder’s Show is officially underway and the energy remained high throughout the opening day. The Walt Disney Company’s CEO, Michael Eisner, kicked things off at the show with a motivating keynote. Eisner used his own experiences with Disney and The Tornante Company to help attendees understand more about how to build a […]

Everyone wants to go green these days. And it doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank! Over at Fine Homebuilding, they have a list of tips for builders who are looking at greening their projects. Here are a few of them: 1. Get an energy audit. If you don’t have a baseline for how a house is […]

Architect extraordinaire Frank Gehry has designed just 22 homes in the United States, but his most recent project may be his most important. Located in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, the area most affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Gehry’s design is part of actor and humanitarian Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation project, which builds […]

As part of the eHow Home video series, designer P. Allen Smith is in the midst of an impressive undertaking: Careful planning, smart design and quality craftsmanship converge when Smith and his colleagues build an environmentally friendly home for $150,000 in 150 days. In a recent installment of this series, Smith documents the window selection and installation […]

When it comes to energy efficiency, the most expensive strategies are the often the least effective and the least expensive strategies are often the most expensive. That’s what Peter Pfeiffer of Austin, Texas-based Barley & Pfeiffer Architects recently told an audience during a lecture titled, “Smart Design for Hot/Humid Climates.” If you have 30 minutes, […]

Roadblocks on the way to LEED

October 31st, 2011

Certification programs like LEED for Homes can be wonderful things, but they’re sure not easy! (Not that we’re saying they should be!) It’s easy for builders to fail certain elements of it — there’s a lot to remember. EcoHome has a wonderfully informative article that runs us through the potential pitfalls. Let’s take a look, […]

If you’re considering adding solar panels to a clients’ home, part of that consideration is surely the matter of cost: Are solar panels with the investment the homeowner would have to make? To be sure, solar panels can be a great way to reduce or perhaps even eliminate a household’s electricity costs, while also making […]

What exactly makes a home green? Consumers and builders alike are torn. According to a recent survey from the Whirlpool Corporation and Habitat for Humanity International, the most common definition for a green home among builders and consumer was one that reduces energy and water consumption. About one-third of respondents from both groups agreed. Twenty-three […]

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