NAHB: Most Popular ‘Green’ Home Features Revealed



Over the next five years, the number of remodelers who tackle more than 60 percent of their projects with “green” products is expected to double, according to a new green building study conducted by McGraw Hill Construction and the National Association of Home Builders.

This Year’s Must-Haves For New Homes



Convenience, livability, and energy efficiency are top priorities in the construction of new homes this year, according to the National Association of Home Builders, which recently released the most popular features in new single-family homes in 2014.

Most homebuyers Seek Green Options When Buying, NAR Says



Most homebuyers seek homes that are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, according to the National Association of Realtors.  In fact, nine out of 10 surveyed said heating and cooling costs are important factors in considering a home. Indeed, heating and cooling costs account for about 56 percent of a home’s energy use, according to the U.S. […]

How to Create an Energy Efficient Household



Between things like rent, mortgage payments, car bills and food, the average household has a lot of expenditures. Many families buckling under the weight of these costs likely don’t spend much time worrying about how to reduce their carbon footprint. What many people don’t know is that notions of energy efficiency and lowering utility bills are directly intertwined. That means average folks across the country can do their part for the environment while seeing those hefty summer and winter energy bills go down. The way to do this is through energy efficient appliances.

Green Mortgages: A Good Idea That Never Really Got Off The Ground



On paper it makes perfect sense. Recognizing that an energy-efficient house will have lower operating costs every month, your mortgage broker allows you to borrow more money than you would normally qualify for.

Ryan Homes Announces New Single-Family Homes in Davidson, NC



Ryan Homes has announced the building of new single-family homes at Summers Walk in Davidson, North Carolina. Summers Walk homes will start in the low $220’s and will be located in the small town of Davidson, about 20 miles north of Charlotte in northern Mecklenburg County. Homes at Summers Walk will feature as many as […]

HEI Hotels Named 2011 ENERGY STAR Partner of The Year



HEI Hotels & Resorts recently announced that the EPA has named the hospitality investment firm 2011 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. This is its second consecutive year winning the award for energy management and reductions of greenhouse gas emitions. Gary Mendell, HEI’s chairman and chief executive officer, explained, “Not only do we believe that […]

CB Richard Ellis Group Receives Top Energy Star Award



The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. with the 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for its strong commitment to energy efficiency.  On April 12, 2011, the EPA will hold a ceremony and present CBRE with the award. CBRE’s participation in the ENERGY STAR program is a large part of […]

KB Introduces Energy Performance Guide



KB Home now has a rating system to help prospective home buyers calculate their ongoing energy costs. The new system is called EPG (Energy Performance Guide) and will be posted in all new KB model homes according to their news this week.

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