I like Heat Pump Water Heaters, they heat water and they throw off cool & dehumidified air! Seems like the perfect product to have inside our Hot Texas homes. See my full review of the AirGenerate ATI 66 gallon HPWH.
Most large custom homes that I've seen are relatively in-efficient in their hot water strategy. Many homes above 5000sf have 2+ 75 gal tank water heaters with a circulation pump. I thought this 7000sf home I'm about to break ground on would be a good case study on what some more efficient water heaters might cost over a 10 year period. This is some geeky stuffy...Enjoy! -Matt Risinger
The 2400-sq.-ft. net-zero-energy home includes a composting toilet, nontoxic finishes, many locally sourced materials, and a rainwater collection and filtration system. It's on the market for just under $650,000.
In a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission, ForestEthics and Greenpeace claim the Sustainable Forestry Initiative violates the FTC's Green Guides and is misleading consumers as it seeks a share of the lucrative certified-lumber market.
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ScottG, contributing writer | May 23rd, 20131 comment
Builders in Montana and Delaware pursue web campaigns to increase the use of American-made products in U.S. houses. They cite minimal cost differences, and say even a modest switch in buying habits will mean more jobs here.