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4 Easy Ways to Install Solar Panels in Your Building

4 Easy Ways to Install Solar Panels in Your Building

Are you tired of paying too much for your energy bill each month? Do you care at least somewhat about the environment and want to reduce your carbon footprint? There is an easy way to achieve both...

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Small Home, Big Green Features

Small Home, Big Green Features

Small Home, Big Green Features This beautiful new home in Troutman, NC packs a punch in just 2,500 square feet. The homeowners hired custom homebuilder 4G Design Build to build a home that included...

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Designing a Green-Friendly Sunroom

Designing a Green-Friendly Sunroom

A relatively cost-effective way to add value to your home is with the addition of a cheerful, light-filled sunroom. A sunroom provides a pleasant and luminous retreat, whether you use it as a game...

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Casey Bay Key House

Casey Bay Key House

"Respect the land, and the rest will follow."

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Off Road Camper

Off Road Camper

Before buying a caravan it is necessary to ensure that everything works better and you are getting the best one. Colorado Caravans guarantees to provide you the best range of caravans that you would...

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Whats the best attic insulation?

What's the best attic insulation?

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The answer to the question of which attic insulation is best is, of course, entirely circumstantial. When the design of your attic allows, the best attic insulation is inexpensive, easy to install and will yield the performance you're looking for.

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Anatomy of a Net-Zero Home

Anatomy of a Net-Zero Home

Here are the construction details that New Town Builders uses to build net-zero-ready homes

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CEO Charts His Companys Path to Net-Zero Homes

CEO Charts His Company's Path to Net-Zero Homes

Two years running Gene Myers has guided his Denver-based home building company to DOE's grand award for housing innovation. What's his secret?

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Modern With a View

Modern With a View

Stunning private residence with a view of the Columbia Gorge

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Harpoon House

Harpoon House

A small house with just enough space

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Just Big Enough

Just Big Enough

Surrounded by towering Red and Scots pine trees, this couple finds refuge and renewal in a rebuilt house that is just the right size.

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Solar In the City

Solar In the City

A renovated Victorian becomes a self sustaining Zero energy home.

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Bragg Hill Residence

Bragg Hill Residence

Beginning with a goal of creating direct connection to the site, Bragg Hill was designed to celebrate the landscape, while seamlessly incorporating sustainability.

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How Quiet is a Mitsubishi VRF AC Compressor?

How Quiet is a Mitsubishi VRF AC Compressor?

Has a noisy AC Compressor outside a bedroom window ever bothered you? Mitsubishi claims to make the quietest AC Compressor on the market. Let's test and see if their claim is true!

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Self-Taught MBA: An App to Eliminate Callbacks

Self-Taught MBA: An App to Eliminate Callbacks

By putting installation information at your fingertips, the new app by Construction Instruction helps you get the job done right the first time.

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Joe Lstibureks Perfect Wall explained - The 500 Year House

Joe Lstiburek's "Perfect Wall" explained - The 500 Year House

I'm a huge fan of Building Science teacher Joe Lstiburek and I'm finally building my first house with his "Perfect Wall" concept. Join me as I explain this theory for extreme durability and efficiency (and show off a house I'm building in Austin).

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Ten Great Home Improvement Resources

Ten Great Home Improvement Resources

Sources for home improvement materials and information

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Patricks Barn: An Inexpensive, Resource-Efficient Building

Patrick's Barn: An Inexpensive, Resource-Efficient Building

Fine Homebuilding associate editor Patrick McCombe describes the construction of an energy-efficient outbuilding he built for about $32,000.

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Ductless Minisplits for DIYers

Ductless Minisplits for DIYers

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An air-source heat pump powers this air-conditioning and heating unit designed for installation by homeowners.

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Why You Should Heat Your Home with an  Air-Source Heat Pump

Why You Should Heat Your Home with an Air-Source Heat Pump

In a presentation at NESEA's 2014 BuildingEnergy conference, Rick Nortz from Mitsubishi Electric explains why modern air-source heat pumps are poised to become the fastest growing segment of the US HVAC industry

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