High-Performance Building

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Design Inspiration for Solar Living From the 2013 Solar Decathlon

Every year the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon inspires fresh thinking in solar design. Of the 20 projects entered in this year's competition, take a look at these four designs to see a good cross section of the wide variety of approaches taken. More

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Increase Profits: Home Performance for the Long Haul

Instead of trying to create a separate business or division focusing on home performance, perhaps remodelers should incorporate the principles into all their work. If there are incentive programs that help offset some costs, thatís a nice bonus, but home performance remodeling can provide long-term benefits for everyone involved. More

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Accurate Energy Measurements for Home Sales

BPI standards assure energy-efficiency upgrade information is accurately valued for the home sales process. More

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Retreat to Rejuvenate: Why Annual Retreats Are Good for Your Company

Industry consultant Victoria Downing interviews Steve Barkhouse of Amsted Construction about his company's annual planning retreat and why it's so important. More

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How Do You Define 'Home Performance'?

For retired home performance expert Ed Voytovich, the core of home performance is... More

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How Energy Codes for New Buildings Can Apply to Existing Homes

Using the International Energy Conservation Code as a guide for improving existing buildings. More

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Treading Lightly: Passive House Comes to Chicago for First Time

Passive-house construction methods, in building or remodeling, can sharply reduce the carbon footprint of a home. More

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Sizing up Green: Combining Big Size With Sustainability Goals

VertHaus, a New Jersey green developer, retrofits homes on spec. In this example, the home's footprint increased from 2,300 to 5,000 square feet. Can it still be considered green? More

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Making Sense of All the Available Green Certifications

Sustainable building certifications are many and varied. We help you make sense of the options available. More

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