In newer homes, energy-efficient building practices are used to avoid drafts, but these air tight homes can result in uncomfortable air quality and ventilation.

See our Air Quality section for more information.

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Choosing energy-smart products

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When building your new home, don't forget about the importance of energy-conserving products like furnaces, air conditioners and appliances.

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Framing options

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You have energy efficient and sustainable options when it comes to framing your new home.

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Energy efficient kitchen remodel

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This kitchen remodel features a new window, energy-efficient lighting, new appliances and side-wall insulation.

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Green home construction

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More builders are offering sustainable choices in new home construction. Find out what's available and how it impacts the earth and the bottom line.

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Aging in place

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Using universal design principals, your home can adapt to your changing lifestyle needs.

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Modular homes

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Modular homes are built in a factory under controlled conditions, then shipped to the homesite and placed on a permanent foundation.

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Energy rater and performance consultant

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An energy rater can help make your new home more energy-efficient through every stage of the construction process.

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Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity is an organization that provides simple, sturdy homes. Learn how energy efficiency is a key factor in building these homes.

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Historic preservation

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A preservation expert shares how to restore an older home economically and energy efficiently.

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