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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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Roof and attic

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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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Aging in place

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

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Building an energy-smart house

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Decoding building requirements

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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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Air quality and ventilation in new homes

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New, energy-efficient homes need new solutions to circulate and ventilate the air inside the home.

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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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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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