What you can learn from so-called Passive House Design -- i.e. houses with very low energy use -- and apply to the building of any home.
Green design and development experts share what you need to know before breaking ground.
Interest in adapting the shipping container esthetic for home design is a growing trend.
A Maine architect designs Michigan's first certified Passive House to be rooted in tradition.
A getaway cabin prototype inspired by farm structures and built at the Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda, Maryland.
Energy efficient design through common sense approaches to seals, HVAC, water use, and the selection of appliances and fixtures.
Selecting the right windows and lighting is essential for an energy-efficient home.
Straw bale building now part of national building code -- basic information about this construction method.
Building an energy efficient house begins with orientation to the sun and taking advantage of thermal mass.
Newsflash: 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs are no more.The new LED replacements last much much longer.
Announcing Sarah Susanka's innovative new 2 bedroom 2 bath Not So Big Bungalow plan.
Six key elements work together to make this house appealing: insulation for an R-50 SIP wall assembly and an R-60 foundation; triple-glazed windows; diligent air-sealing; minimized risk of thermal bridging; attention to indoor-air quality; and a super-insulated slab foundation that picks up heat during the day and releases it slowly at night.
Waste heat recovery is a possible way to achieve net zero at home. Jeff Wilson investigates a holistic approach.
Resource Guide for eco-friendly home building, from awnings and solar power to low VOC paints and water conservation.
How LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) work, why they are more efficient than traditional lighting, where to install them.