• Texas Parade of Homes Goes Green

    North Texas has had Parade of Homes before, but the event taking place this week will mark the first time that it consists of only resource-efficient, "green" homes.

  • Energy Star Gazing

    With electricity prices rising as much as they have been for the last five years, it is important that you outfit your homes with as many energy-saving features as possible. One way to do this is with Energy Star–qualified lighting packages.

  • Modular Goes Green

    LOS ANGELES–BASED DEVELOPER LivingHomes has introduced the first line of standardized, pre-fabricated houses certified in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating program.

  • Little Houses That Could

    Utter the word “custom” and visions of sprawling floor plans, lavish finishes, and top-of-the-line everything often come to mind. You know—those palatial playgrounds of the rich and famous that make for good television, and make average homeowners feel inadequate.

  • Energy Concerns Driving Window Sales

    During its seven years as an ENERGY STAR partner, Parkersburg, W. Va.-based Simonton Windows has seen a 25 percent increase in requests for products meeting ENERGY STAR guidelines according to a recent company statement.

  • Frugal Framing

    Carpenters love wood. The smell of fresh sawdust on a crisp fall morning, the slap and ring of hammers on boards, the sturdy feel of a new house frame—what's not to love?

  • Solar, So Good

    Home buyers at three Lennar neighborhoods in Northern California will be surprised to learn that their new house will come with a mini power plant. The Sacramento division of the national builder is offering a solar power system on all its houses as a standard feature.

  • Carbon Counting

    Home buyers in Seattle will be the first in the nation with the ability to obtain a “carbon-neutral mortgage” from local real estate lenders. Under such programs, the lender agrees to make a donation to offset the greenhouse gas the new home will generate in the first year.

  • High-Performance Art

    The term “high performance” likely conjures up an image of a car, one that's sleek and speedy, with an extremely powerful engine. The expectations surrounding such cars are high, which is why their allure is so strong.

  • The New American Home 2007

    Neighborhoods used to be built this way. Back in the day, at the turn of the previous century, there were no developers, no master plans, and no model-home complexes with a choice of six floor plans. Houses would go up individually on roomy lots, respectful of the regional style and the scale of...

  • Shear Energy

    With a name like Eco Lofts, developer Alex Perkins isn't downplaying the sustainable side of his latest infill venture, a 60-unit condo building in Atlanta's historic Chamblee neighborhood. Slated for completion in spring 2007, the concrete building qualifies as EarthCraft (a local green building...