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  • Product Review: Clothes Washers

    Special cycles, smart sensors, and new designs help the latest crop of washers save more energy and water than ever before.

  • Product Review: Sheathing

    Plywood vs. OSB: Which is the greener sheathing choice?

  • Product Review: Heat-Recovery Ventilators & Energy-Recovery Ventilators

    Starting in 2011, all new homes built to comply with the federal Energy Star Qualified Homes standard—perhaps 200,000 units if the NAHB’s forecast for that year holds true—will be required to provide an adequate amount of controlled, fresh-air ventilation as part of a comprehensive energy...

  • Top Chef

    Unlike many green building products, the term “energy efficient” may not to be the No. 1 selling point for induction cooktops. While these appliances are indeed efficient—so much so that they’re becoming a go-to staple in many eco-friendly kitchens—it’s their superior cooking capabilities that...

  • SIPs Provide Efficient, Fast Building Alternative

    Though they still make up a small share of the market, structural insulated panels provide an alternative to stick-building that's efficient during and after construction.

  • Product Review: Decking

    A guide to eco-friendly options among wood, composite, and plastic decking.

  • Searching for Truth Behind Green-Product Claims

    A guide to deciphering product specs, avoiding greenwashing, and navigating certification programs.

  • Smart Daylighting Strategies Keep Homes Bright and Energy Efficient

    Basement living spaces need all the sunlight they can get. So when Washington design/build contractor Chris Landis' clients asked for an outdoor deck that wouldn't block light into the window wells of their downstairs family room, he came up with a novel solution: a deck with a translucent floor...

  • Product Review: Tankless Water Heaters

    Offering up to 34% greater efficiency than traditional units, on-demand water heaters are becoming a green building staple.

  • Product Review: Energy-Efficient Lighting

    A guide to energy-efficient illumination.