In newer homes, energy-efficient building practices are used to avoid drafts, but these air tight homes can result in uncomfortable air quality and ventilation.

See our Air Quality section for more information.

In this video: An industry expert discusses green technologies that improve air quality in new construction.

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Green home construction

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Choosing energy-smart products

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Habitat for Humanity

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New home comfort issues

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Net Zero Community

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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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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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