In this video: A contractor and homeowner share how they turned their vision for a barn house into a unique, energy efficient home.

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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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Historic preservation

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

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Talk to your utilities

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Before you break ground on a new house, give your utility companies a call. They can help you avoid unnecessary expenses and construction delays.

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Insulated concrete forms

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An insulated concrete form (ICF) system eliminates the cold drafts typical of wood-frame construction.

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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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Aging in place

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

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Structural insulated panels

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Structural insulated panels, also called SIPs, foam-core panels or stress-skin panels, are significantly more airtight than stud walls.

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Finding an energy-smart builder

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An energy-smart builder will help you make the right choices for your family and lifestyle.

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Decoding building requirements

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Learn about some of the changes for new homes built today. An expert highlights some of the things to consider when building a new home.

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