San Francisco Bay Area based Arkin Tilt Architects (ATA) has designed dozens of structures that utilize straw bales for insulation in their walls; the plans for two have been… Continue
Added by Leslie Jackson on January 31, 2018 at 6:30pm —
So you’ve heard about spray foam insulation, but you live in a block home. This makes you wonder, is it even possible to have spray foam in a cement block home? What about in an older home? Continue
The answer is YES!
The ideal way to install spray foam insulation in a cement block home is during construction. This allows professional installers direct access to the empty concrete block cells that will be filled with the spray foam…
Added by Green ID on June 21, 2017 at 12:30pm —
The Green Premium: A Meta-Analysis
A new… Continue
Added by Amber Vignieri on May 3, 2016 at 10:44am —
A lot is happening at the intersection of residential energy efficiency and real estate.
First, let us set the scene. Elevate Energy and others have long recognized a specific challenge: When homeowners invest in improving the energy efficiency of their home and property, these measures are often… Continue
Added by Melissa Ulbricht on February 25, 2016 at 1:05pm —
It's quite impossible to survive during those chilly winter nights without a proper home heating system. After all, this is what keeps you comfortable during those days when the temperature takes a dip. Quite unfortunately, most of the home fires occur due to malfunctioning of the heating systems. At times, this also occurs due to a fire triggered by a heating system that hasn’t been maintained properly. This is why it's advisable to keep the home heating system in a sound condition, in… Continue
Added by SmithWatson on October 29, 2015 at 8:12am —
As a modern homebuyer, you have more opportunities than ever to lower your carbon footprint and to get a home that is energy-efficient and less expensive to run. Today's homebuilders have numerous tools at their disposal for creating sustainable, green homes without adding significantly to the cost. "Look for a homebuilder that prominently displays the homes’ energy-saving features so that you can be sure they are committed to building in such a way," warns Darren Patton of… Continue
Added by Tim Cohen on May 22, 2015 at 4:30pm —
If a tree falls in the… Continue
Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on January 10, 2013 at 5:36pm —
Jake Staub and Sonia Barrantes, two veteran former U.S. Navy Test Pilots in Portland, and Chris Corson, of EcoCor Design/Build in Belfast, have embarked on Portland’s first Passive House journey set to break ground in Spring 2012.
For Staub and Barrantes, the Passive House, or Passiv Haus for… Continue
Added by Samuel Strickland on May 24, 2012 at 11:08am —
Energy Battle is a new game that may be the solution to training a younger generation to save energy at home. It was developed by graduate students at Delft University of Technology.…
Added by Tom DelConte on March 30, 2012 at 9:00am —
If you decide to construct your home or are planning to remodel an existing home, you have many options. A big choice to make is whether or not to insulate with old or new concepts. A huge chunk of homeowners use fiberglass insulation and do quite well with it. If you are looking for more efficiency, than read on, because there is a better way. foam insulation is a modern marvel and holds many benefits including efficiency, easy to install and lower lifetime cost. Let me dive in and get more… Continue
Added by Jason Sherwood on January 9, 2012 at 10:51am —
Slow and steady wins the race. And over the past few months, energy efficiency has quietly been grabbing the media coverage from it’s sexy cousins the Renewables, like solar, wind and geothermal.
Early this month I reported that green as in wallet (saving money) was hot. Now the July issue of Realtor Magazine is reporting that saving money is … Continue
Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on July 16, 2011 at 3:44pm —
What makes a Green Home green? Is it the bamboo floors? Maybe it’s the low-e windows or the extra insulation in the walls? What about a high efficiency heating and cooling system? Or maybe it's a plaque by your front door that says, “I'm Green!”?
How about all of the above and then… Continue
Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on April 11, 2011 at 11:02am —
The energy efficiency movement is starting to impact the awareness of how the indoor conditions of an existing building can be greatly improved. Homeowners who once dread the winter months and thought that they had to live with the pain of a drafty uncomfortable home are now increasingly seeking to improve these homes.
This search often brought homeowners out into the marketplace looking for solutions and the best professional help. As a result, we are…
Added by David Allen on February 2, 2011 at 2:48pm —
There is a hot and heavy dialogue taking place in an online group that I belong to, made up mostly of people who are in the business of auditing homes and then making homes more energy efficient, healthy, and comfortable. The main gist of the discussion is, Do we rely on the government to encourage people to make their homes more efficient, or is it up to the market? Does this sound familiar? Tune into any election debate in the… Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 19, 2010 at 3:56pm —