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

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

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