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  • Builder's Guide to Windows

    There are more than 100 million homes and approximately 20 billion square feet of clear-glass residential windows in the U.S. Most of those homes are more than 30 years old, and as a result, the market is growing for replacement windows with energy-efficient insulating glass.

  • Smart Buildings, Smart Grid

    Energy-efficient lighting is an indispensable feature of the office of the future.

  • Your Smart Buildings Aren't That Smart

    Our ancestors did fine without AC and dimmers. Should the profession’s efforts to go green require the use of more technology?

  • High-Performance Homes on a Budget

    Well-thought-out details make energy-efficient houses both attractive and affordable.

  • High-Tech Insulation

    Nanogel material can be mixed with plaster and stucco to improve thermal efficiency.

  • A Cost-Effective Energy Retrofit

    With careful air-sealing and the right insulation details, a leaky older home becomes a tight and thrifty one.

  • Building a High-Performance Shell for a House

    Advanced framing and exterior foam reduce conductive heat loss and provide good air-sealing opportunities.

  • Getting Certified for Home Energy Audits

    As the owner of a small remodeling and handyman company (nearly $1 million annual sales before the downturn), I’ve always been careful to stay focused on our core offerings — bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and small jobs ranging from two-hour service calls to week-long “honey do” lists.

  • What's New in Insulation?

    Improved materials and hybrid systems make it easier to build energy-efficient houses.

  • In the News

    Energy Star raises the bar with tough new 2011 specs; asphalt roofing prices defy downturn; Pella scores high; more