In this video: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Historic preservation

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

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Talk to your utilities

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Before you break ground on a new house, give your utility companies a call. They can help you avoid unnecessary expenses and construction delays.

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