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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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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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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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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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Historic preservation

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

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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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