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The Case for West-Facing Solar PanelsThe Case for West-Facing Solar Panels

A recent report says west-facing solar panels will collect more energy from the strong afternoon sun than south-facing solar panels collecting soft sun all day. Read more

Pitch Perfect: The Best Roof Assembly
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Pitch Perfect: The Best Roof Assembly

Use this expert approach for a well-insulated, moisture- and ice-resistant roof. Read more

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Three Frozen Pipe Scenarios and What Went Wrong In Each Three Frozen Pipe Scenarios and What Went Wrong In Each

Construction details can prevent--or cause--frozen pipe disasters, says BUILDER contributor Leonard Morse-Fortier. Read more

Solar Systems Expand, Courting Utilities
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Solar Systems Expand, Courting Utilities

Forbes contributor Ucilia Wang reports that SunPower has turned to Tendril's... Read more

Top 10 Sustainable Houses of 2014
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Top 10 Sustainable Houses of 2014

The green building boom is driving new levels of architectural innovation, as... Read more

Power Plants: Green Roofs Generate Voltage
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Power Plants: Green Roofs Generate Voltage

Fast Company contributor Ben Schiller looks at a Dutch inventor's prototype green... Read more

Why a Wigwam Can Teach Most Smart Homes a Thing or Two
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Why a Wigwam Can Teach Most Smart Homes a Thing or Two

The phrase "smart home" probably makes you think of modern, high-tech devices, but... Read more

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Senators Introduce Smaller Energy Efficiency LegislationSenators Introduce Smaller Energy Efficiency Legislation

Two senators whose energy efficiency legislation failed earlier this year have re-introduced a watered-down version. Read more

2015 IECC: What Else You Need to Know
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2015 IECC: What Else You Need to Know

Are you ready? Here are the top five code changes that will affect home builders. Read more

Retrofitting Suburbia For 21st Century Challenges
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Retrofitting Suburbia For 21st Century Challenges

The suburbs weren’t designed with sustainability in mind, says Ellen Dunham-Jones,... Read more

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