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Green Home Building Trends for 2012
With spring right around the corner, it's the perfect time to take a look at some of the green home building trends that will shape our decisions in the coming year. You'll find that many of these trends were inspired by pure economics, while others developed from great advancements in technology and home design. If you're in the market to build or renovate, you'll certainly find at least one of these trends that is appealing enough to consider.
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Tour PB's Show Village at IBS

Now in its 13th year, Professional Builder's Show Village is the premier show-home exhibit at the International Builders' Show in Orlando from Feb. 8-11. This year, PB and their industry partners have teamed up to design and build three distinct model homes aimed at very different homebuyers — a net-zero-energy cottage, an infill duplex for urban and dense-suburban builders and a Cape Cod-inspired house for traditional families.

All three homes will feature dozens of innovative building products in an interactive setting so attendees can tour the homes, test the products and talk with representatives from each manufacturer. Some of the products being featured are entry doors and millwork from Therma-Tru® and Fypon®; kitchen and bath faucets from Moen® and Kohler®; premium roofing solutions from Inspire Roofing®, and much more.
Innovative Building Products

Combining energy-efficient fiberglass doors by Therma-Tru® with decorative Fypon® urethane millwork creates a stunning front entry door solution that is high on style and low on maintenance. Shown is Therma-Tru's® Classic-Craft® Canvas Collection™, featuring an oval transom and decorative glass that is accented by Fypon® door trim and columns.

The Andersen® 400 Series tilt-wash double-hung window is available as an insert or "pocket window" with a wide range of design and performance features, including a range of sill angles — 0°, 8° and 14° and glass options ranging from Low-E4® to Low-E4® SmartSun™ and Low-E4® Sun glazing. Low-E4 glass technology cuts energy bills up to 25 percent compared to dual-pane glass.
Green Living Tips
If you're truly committed to building a green home, then you'll want to start with an ENERGY STAR/Green House Plan Package from The House Designers.
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