Other stories by Stephani L. Miller

  • EarthCraft Honors Green Building Efforts

    The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA) and the Southface Energy Institute recently announced the winners of the 2008 EarthCraft House Builder Awards, which recognizes builders, developers, renovators, and manufacturers dedicated to sustainable design and home building. Developed...

  • Hamptons Green Alliance

    Seeking to educate local home buyers and consumers about green and sustainable home building, Bridgehampton, N.Y.-based Hamptons Luxury Homes and its general contracting subsidiary Telemark have formed the Hamptons Green Alliance.

  • Green Ideas in the Blue Ridge

    The mountains of western North Carolina are getting greener, and it's not just because of the approaching spring. The Southern Living Homes Group has announced that it is building its first green Idea House in Whisper Mountain, a new conservation-oriented, master-planned mountain community in...

  • NAHB, USGBC Launch National Green Building Programs

    Nearly 90 regional and local green building programs across the U.S. have been leading their markets into green building for years, but many believe it will take a national initiative to establish construction and performance standards to move green building solidly into the mainstream. That...

  • Peak Performance

    Heating and cooling systems account for nearly 50% of a home’s energy consumption, so your choice of equipment and the way it is installed are keys to success for any green builder. And as the focus on energy efficiency has led to improved building shell performance (including high-performance...

  • LivingHomes, WIRED Magazine Partner on a High-Tech LEED Home

    LivingHomes partners with WIRED Magazine to build a high-tech LEED-certified home.

  • Smart Design for Healthy Indoor Air

  • High-efficiency Toilets Minimize Water Use

    The toilet is not something most homeowners want to discuss in much detail, aside from style preferences. Many don't realize that there is another aspect to choosing a toilet: water consumption. According to the EPA, toilets account for approximately 30 percent of indoor water use in the home.

  • DOE Releases Energy Star Criteria for Solid-State, General-Purpose Luminaires

    After nearly two years of development, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released the finalized Energy Star criteria for solid-state, general-purpose luminaires. The criteria for the voluntary energy efficiency labeling program will be effective starting September 30, 2008, contingent upon...

  • USGBC Updates LEED Energy Requirements

    As of June 26, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) requires projects registering for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for commercial buildings to achieve at least two points in the "Optimize Energy Performance" category. The requirement, which does...