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Houses by Northwest Builder Win Awards

Houses by Northwest Builder Win Awards

Details make the difference, and videos posted by Hammer & Hand show how high-performance houses are put together.

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Reviving Old Masonry Buildings

Reviving Old Masonry Buildings

A new online book offers details on how to bring historic masonry buildings up to modern efficiency standards without ruining their character.

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California City Pushes Water Recycling

California City Pushes Water Recycling

In Lancaster, all new houses will be required to have "recycle-ready" plumbing systems beginning in 2015

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The Case for West-Facing Solar Panels

The Case for West-Facing Solar Panels

An analysis of thousands of solar homes shows output peaks hours before utilities could really use it

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Passivhaus Hits a Big Milestone

Passivhaus Hits a Big Milestone

The German-based Passivhaus Institut says there are now 1 million square meters of certified space on the planet

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A Tinkerers Quest for Green Perfection

A Tinkerer's Quest for Green Perfection

A Vermont couple builds a retirement home bristling with new technology, and they discover it's never too late for change

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Tiny Houses to the Rescue

Tiny Houses to the Rescue

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A New Jersey lawmaker proposes state grants to build very small houses for low-income families

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This Remodeler Had a Really Bad Day

This Remodeler Had a Really Bad Day

An attorney in Pennsylvania buys a fixer-upper and begins repairs only to be cleaned out by a property-management company in an apparent property mixup. His reaction: See you in court.

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Reinventing a Passive-Solar Design

Reinventing a Passive-Solar Design

A New Mexico builder updates the work of his father with a new and improved project nearly 40 years after the original. It's still 'the place with the tubes.'

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Most Homebuyers Would Pay More for Efficiency

Most Homebuyers Would Pay More for Efficiency

A survey finds that nearly three-quarters of those planning on buying a new house would be willing to spend more to save more. But a majority are bewildered by green marketing jargon.

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