• New Certification Will Help Bring Passive House to the Mainstream

    A new rating for U.S. Passive House projects will help raise awareness of the benefits of the stringent building system.

  • Affordable Housing Goes Green

    Five ultra-green projects that also happen to be affordable.

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    Case Study: A Good Neighbor in Minneapolis

    Modern NGBS-bronze apartment building fits in with its dignified surroundings.

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    Case Study: Starting Over in the Lower Ninth Ward

    The Make It Right Foundation seeks a better approach to creating sustainable neighborhoods in New Orleans.

  • Sarah Susanka Opens Not So Big Showhouse in Illinois

    The architect's latest project is designed to maximize livability.

  • 4 Green Features Customers Want

    How to show clients that a sustainable home can save money and improve their lives.

  • 10 Common Failures in LEED for Homes Projects

    Green rater's tips help building pros ace their final inspection.

  • Solar Decathlon Homes Showcase New Technologies

    Student-built projects demonstrate real world applications of cutting-edge products.

  • Maine Passive House Receives 2011 Project of the Year Award

    The LEED-Platinum GO Home has been named the USGBC’s LEED for Homes Project of the Year.

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    Postgreen in Philly

    LEED-Platinum homes reboot Philadelphia's urban neighborhoods, and could serve as a model for other cities.

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    In Sync

    From pre-construction meetings through each stage of coordinated construction, the team building this home integrated their efforts every step of the way.

  • Case Study: LEED-Platinum Co-op Hits All the Right Notes

    Bronx building is the first multifamily project to receive a LEED Innovation point for Active Design.

  • Grand Award

    This 264-year-old Cape was restored within the strict guidelines of Nantucket Island’s Historic District.

  • Grand Award

    Metal roofs, awnings, and carports on the 45 subsidized homes in this rural community offer a nod to old plantation-style houses.

  • Grand Award

    Maine Passive House proves that net-zero-energy building can be achieved at a mainstream price.

  • Grand Award

    This Carmel, Calif., home's gracefully elongated shape modernizes the iconic ranch-house concept while maximizing views and daylighting.

  • Grand Award

    Architectural design, sustainable performance, and careful placement on a tricky site combined to win this project a Grand Award.

  • 2012 AIA Honor Awards Announces Call for Entries

    Program celebrates the best in contemporary American architecture.

  • Case Study: Luxury Santa Monica Townhomes Aim for LEED-Gold

    Sustainability meets high-end coastal living in these six townhouses near downtown Santa Monica, Calif.

  • Net-Zero-Energy Living on a Budget

    High-performance insulation and air sealing are crucial to building an affordable net-zero home.

  • IBACOS-Led Lab Home Tests Approaches for Market-Rate Net-Zero Production Housing

    Pittsburgh demonstration project will test multiple systems and building techniques to determine the most effective, affordable options production builders can replicate.

  • Counting Down to Energy Star 3.0

    NAHB Conference speaker details upcoming changes.

  • Showers emerged as the single largest source of indoor water use. ¬Weve got to get people to shorten their showers,® says study author William DeOreo, president of Aquacraft. ¬Low-flow showerheads [alone] arent doing it.® And while leaks account for 18% of indoor water use, few builders install leak detectors as part of their efficiency package. ¬We need to identify and then interfere with leaks,® DeOreo says.

    EPA Releases New Data

    A new national study reveals the water savings to be had by moving from standard new-home building techniques to high-efficiency practices.

  • Netafim. The Techline EZ 12-millimeter dripperline installs above ground using a simple looped system and is hidden under mulch or ground cover. Self-flushing drippers are spaced every 6, 12, or 18 inches for a variety of plant and soil configurations. The dripperline, which is made with recycled polyethylene, features pressure compensation to ensure delivery of equal amounts of water and anti-siphon emitters with root barriers. 888.638.2346. www.netafimusa.com.

    Ground Rules

    Reducing outdoor water use is a top priority. Here’s how to combine design and technology for water-efficient landscaping.

  • Bord na Mona. The Puraflo Wastewater Treatment System is a natural system that can be used for both on-site greywater and blackwater recycling. Filtered wastewater from a standard septic system is collected and then time dosed (pumped slowly) to percolate through a peat filter media; the treated effluent emerges as a ¬clear innocuous liquid,® according to the company. The treated water can be used to irrigate lawns, ornamental trees, and shrubs. Other advantages of this system come with leach field preservation and a reduced need for leach field area, allowing the construction of a septic system in challenging locations, such as too small a lot for the house size, poor percolating soils, or close to lakes and streams. 800.787.2356. www.bnm-us.com.

    Second Time Around

    Nearly 50% of potable water delivered to American homes goes down the drains of sinks, showers, and washing machines. Here's how to put that "lightly used" water to work for a second time around.

  • Toto. With a flow rate of 1.5 gpm, Upton WaterSense-certified lav faucets use 32% less water than traditional units. The faucet, which features supple, rounded edges and corners for a clean yet cozy feel, includes a 90-degree ceramic-disc valve. It is available in standard-height and tall options. 888.295.8134. www.totousa.com.

    Go With the Flow

    With the advent of WaterSense certification—and manufacturers’ overwhelming response to it, there’s simply no excuse not to specify water-efficient toilets, showerheads, and faucets.

  • Awash in Savings

    Today’s dishwashers and washing machines are working hard to save both water and energy without compromising performance.

  • Images of a depleted Lake Lanier, Atlantas main water source, came to symbolize the severity of one of the worst droughts in Georgia history. The 20072008 crisis raised the awareness that water shortages are not limited to Southwestern states.

    Resource at Risk

    How widespread water shortages, driven by climate change and population growth, are shaping our future.

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    Going Mainstream

    As part of an EPA study, Pulte Homes integrates water-efficient features into its Las Vegas production housing.

  • The Water-Efficient Home

    Guidelines for reducing water use in your projects.

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    Self-Sufficient Down Under

    Raising the bar for water-conscious builders around the world, this award-winning house in the Blue Mountain bush country captures and treats 100% of its water.

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    We've got a pretty good handle on energy, resource efficiency, and indoor air quality. Now it's time to get very serious about water conservation--before it's too late.

  • NAHB Honors Green Building Pros

    Thirteen builders, remodelers, and other industry professionals earn recognition for contributions to high-performance construction.

  • Kitchen & Bath Show Product Preview

    9 green-minded products from this year's expo.

  • NIST Test Home to Demonstrate, Research Net-Zero Construction Methods

    A house under construction in Maryland will showcase technologies for achieving net-zero efficiency while providing long-term, real-world performance data.

  • Solar Decathlon Finds New Home in Washington, D.C.

    Students and supporters express relief that the competition, which was forced to move away from its traditional spot in front of the U.S. Capitol, will still be held in the heart of downtown Washington.

  • Green Details: Salvaged Style

    Builders, remodelers, and architects are finding new life for everything from used bricks and salvaged wood to chalkboard slate and vinyl siding. Here are five homes that put salvage front and center.

  • Old Is New Again

    The Flip House remodel re-used nearly all of the materials deconstructed from the original 1924 home.

  • Reclaimed Beauty

    This California home owes much of its rustic good looks to reclaimed materials.

  • Hidden Gems

    Reclaimed materials are a hallmark of custom builder Josh Wynne's projects.

  • Looking Up

    Pine and oak trees from the site were used in the kitchen ceiling.

  • Trash to Treasure

    Reclaimed materials add character to architect Frederick Hyer's residential projects.

  • Architecture 2030 Launches Building Product Carbon-Reduction Initiative

    Similar to the organization’s building performance improvement mission, the 2030 Challenge for Products will set benchmarks for reducing the carbon footprint of building materials by targeting greenhouse gas emissions resulting from manufacturing and transportation.

  • Street Smarts

    The walkable, historically inspired SchoolStreet development in Libertyville, will include 26 Front Porch Revival homes, including a show house designed by architect Sarah Susanka.

  • Green Products From the 2011 International Builders' Show

    Water-efficient faucets, insulated framing, and an alternative-energy-friendly generator are among the sustainably minded products from this year's show.

  • Builders’ Show Products

    9 new products, including tankless water heaters, off-grid backup generators, and lightweight fireplace surrounds.

  • Builders’ Show Products

    10 new products, including squeak-eliminating subfloor fasteners, eco-friendly insulation, and a glass block egress window.

  • 2011 Builders' Show Preview

    12 green products from the residential construction industry’s largest event.

  • Ferrous House, Spring Prairie, Wis.

    A Tale of Two Houses

    A Milwaukee architecture firm tranforms a dated and dysfunctional production house into an AIA award-winning home

  • Marketing Tips for Green Homes

    Officials of Pulte, American Standard, and USA Today tell Greenbuild attendees that consumers desire energy-efficient, water-saving, and healthy-home options--but they’d better look good too.