• Managing Moisture: The Building Shell

    Of the many principles incorporated into green building, moisture management is key to succeeding in at least two: health (in terms of avoiding mold) and durability (in terms of avoiding premature deterioration of materials). And while the business of building homes gets more difficult and more...

     
  • National Options

    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...

     
  • Assessing the Scene

    In a recent survey of builders, remodelers, and architects conducted by Green Products and Technology editors and independent research firm Specpan, 58% of the 655 respondents are involved in or have been involved in green building, remodeling, or design.

     
  • Change for the Better

    Not long after completing the New American Home 2007, a green-built show home at last year’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla., veteran builder Carmen Domínguez realized the true meaning of her work. A 13-year-old boy approached her while she toured the home. “He said, ‘Thank you for...

     
  • Sustainable in Seattle

    A narrow lot, a bay view, and a full range of green features shape this Martha Rose construction home.

     
  • Windows of Opportunity

    The decision to specify energy-efficient windows in your new homes or remodeling projects is a relative no-brainer; in fact, they’ve long since passed mainstream status given energy codes, local requirements, and buyers’ awareness and demand for more efficient products. Energy Star–rated windows...

     
  • Green on Parade

    When builder Mike Scarlett signed on to participate in the HBA of Greater Dallas Green Built Parade of Homes, which debuted in September, he had never so much as built an Energy Star house. But he rose to the challenge, hiring a consultant to help him decode such eco-measures as spray-foam...

     
  • Green Light

    No editorial team in our industry could be happier than we are to see advanced energy-efficient and sustainable building practices, so commonly called green, finally sweeping their way into broader acceptance and increasing expertise among mainstream residential architects, builders, and remodelers.

     
  • Green R&D: Hunter Douglas Warm Light Wall

    Installed on the MIT competition house during October’s Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., Hunter Douglas’ Warm Light Wall System was as eye-catching as it was functional. Based on a Trombe wall, Warm Light passive solar heating technology is made up of acrylic building blocks with aerogel...

     
  • Water Conservation in Santa Fe

    In the dry climate of New Mexico, water conservation takes center stage in any discussion of green building. Bill Roth, president of Clear Creek Management Corp., is showing that efficient practices needn’t require special training or special orders.

     
  • New + Notable

    Kohler. The industry’s first one-piece, 1.0-gpf, high-efficiency toilet with pressure assist technology, the San Raphael Pressure Lite uses compressed air to propel water for strong flushing power. According to the firm, the toilet, which carries the EPA WaterSense label, can save a household of...

     
  • 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...