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Reimagining sustainability in New Orleans

To ensure the Greenbuild LivingHome can withstand an extreme storm, it includes built-in hurricane screens to cover the windows, a 5-foot-high raised foundation capable of withstanding future floods, and a Kohler standby generator that kicks in to supply power in the event of an outage.

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Fire, water, and glass mix for fantastic flame features

As the popularity of fire features grows, the creativity customers want from these features is also expanding, with mixed mediums becoming increasingly prevalent. Using fire and water together has long been in vogue but has now evolved to more and more sophisticated applications.

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Which states have the most painful electricity bills?

Builder checks in on the latest “Electric Sales, Revenue, and Average Price” report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration and finds that the average price of electricity for May 2014 is the highest recorded for any month in the past two years, and increased 3.4% year-over-year.

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Five curb appeal boosters for your next project

In honor of the inaugural National Curb Appeal Month, Builder picks out five new products you can use to enhance the appeal and functionality of your outdoor spaces.

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Gas heating is more comfortable — myth or fact?

It's a piece of industry lore that's virtually become conventional wisdom: Gas furnaces provide more comfortable heat in the winter than electric air source heat pumps (ASHPs).

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Escaping the oil boiler trap

Boiler technology has come a long way in the past 15 to 25 years. But when homeowners come to you needing to replace their old heating oil boilers, they may simply replace them with similar units, not realizing that there are more efficient options available.

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Nine products you can control with your smartphone

Kohler's propane-fueled Guardian Synergy 20kW standby generator has a Mobile Link feature that enables users to monitor their generator's status from a personalized Web portal or mobile app.

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Which of these energy-saving products actually saves energy?

Some homeowners continue to believe that a single energy-saving product — such as radiant barriers or an attic fan — can significantly reduce their energy use, reports ACHR News. Not so: As many construction professionals know, houses are too complicated for one product to be a game-changer.

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How the Camino Real stays delicious — and profitable

Like many restaurant operators in rural and suburban communities, Camino Real owner Abel Ramos relies on propane to keep his customers warm and well-fed throughout the year.

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Improve your greenhouse efficiency with CHP

Propane-fueled combined heat and power (CHP) systems are a particularly good choice for greenhouses, where plants can absorb CO2 from the exhaust gases.

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