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Steps to a Deep-Green Retrofit

Posted: Nov 23, 2009

Building an energy-efficient home is one thing, but, as any green remodeler knows, retrofitting an existing structure for optimum efficiency means a host of additional challenges.

For speakers at the recent Greenbuild conference in Phoenix, the best way to learn about ultra-energy efficient remodeling was to experiment on their own homes. Each green building consultant used his house as a living laboratory, adding and subtracting products over time and trying new techniques to find what features and design elements made the greatest impact.



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Richmond Green Builder Targets Budget-Minded Buyers

Posted: Sep 22, 2009
A Richmond, Va., builder has put a new spin on the American dream by offering a home that is not only affordable to working-class buyers, but third-party-certified green as well.

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Case Study: Austin Home Achieves Top Ratings in Three Green Building Programs

Posted: Aug 19, 2009
Designing and constructing a house to garner top-level certification in four different green building programs might sound like a nightmare of paperwork, red tape, and regulations, but it was all in a day's work for this Austin home's verifier.

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STUDY SHOWS 23-DEGREE TEMPERATURE DROP IN ATTICS WITH RADIANT BARRIERS

Posted: Jul 15, 2009
By Jean Dimeo - The Appalachian State University Energy Center in Boone, N.C., recently announced the results of a case study to measure the benefits of adding radiant barriers in home attics.

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Centex Homes Rolls Out Energy-Efficient Houses in Three Markets

Posted: Feb 19, 2009
Centex Corp. this month announced that construction is under way on Centex Energy Advantage homes Houston; Austin, Texas; and Charlotte, N.C. According to the Dallas-based production builder, Energy Advantage homes, an internal program, are up to 22% more efficient than comparable new houses built to the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code. And when compared with a typical 10-year-old home, Energy Advantage models are up to 40% more energy efficient, says the company.

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