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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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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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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 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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Geodesic domes

Geodesic dome home

A geodesic design uses interconnected triangles to create a strong, environmentally friendly structure.

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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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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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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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