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Modular homes

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Finding an energy-smart builder

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Talk to your utilities

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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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Aging in place

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Using universal design principals, your home can adapt to your changing lifestyle needs.

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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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Insulated concrete forms

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

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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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