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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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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Your roof and attic play the most crucial role in your home's energy efficiency system, reducing your energy costs during the winter and summer.

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New home comfort issues

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Our four-part series explores how to handle comfort issues in a new home.

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

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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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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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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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Hear from real homeowners and builders who made energy efficiency a priority.

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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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