In this video: A contractor and homeowner share how they turned their vision for a barn house into a unique, energy efficient home.

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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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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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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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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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Building an energy-smart house

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Insulated concrete forms

Insulated concrete forms in the ground

An insulated concrete form (ICF) system eliminates the cold drafts typical of wood-frame construction.

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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

Modular home assembly in a factory

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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