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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Green home construction

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Air quality and ventilation in new homes

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Talk to your utilities

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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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Habitat for Humanity

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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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