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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Trombe wall

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Using the sun's stored energy to heat your home reduces your conventional energy consumption.

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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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Aging in place

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

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Building an energy-smart house

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

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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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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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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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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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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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