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Green Builder Online Archive

The following issues are available for online viewing.

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Some archived print versions are available for purchase here.

2020 Issues

July/August 2020, The Net Zero Imperative

The world is in turmoil, and we must drastically reduce our CO2 impact. This year's industry Eco-Leaders point the way.

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May/June 2020, Pushing Through

As COVID-19 takes its toll, building pros and product makers respond with cautious optimism.

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March/April 2020, Hot 50 Products

As the COVID-19 crisis peaks, the need for energy-efficient products and resilient home design has never been more clear. Here's our annual selection.

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January/February 2020, Green Home of the Year 

Our annual showcase of the best of the best includes SIP homes, stunning expanses of high-performance glass and more.

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2019 Issues

November/December 2019, The State of Sustainable Building 2020

Our first annual look at what the data says about where high-performance housing is headed. From water conservation to connected living, these are trend insights you can use.

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September/October 2019, Building Science Update

As the cost of solar energy hits parity with fossil fuels our annual behind-the-walls issue looks at fine-tuned homes, pushing the envelope to net zero and better. 

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July/August 2019, Which Way Forward?

As climate instability mounts, this year's corporate Eco-Leaders explore the "actual reality" of real change. 

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May/June 2019, Assisted Living Technology

At last, a moral imperative for smart tech—helping older Americans live at home longer, spend less on energy and find new meaning in life.

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March/April 2019, The Hot 50 

Green Builder's annual awards issue.

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January/February 2019, Green Home of the Year Awards 

From urban infill to modernistic marvels, we salute the year's best projects.

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2018 Issues

November/December 2018, Tiny House Tactical Guide 

This month, we take a deep dive into the rapidly growing right-sized living market. Here's how to make the most of this passionate niche.

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September/October 2018, Efficiency Matters

Despite uncertainties about the future, our annual Building Science issue finds the industry forging ahead with higher-performance homes and products.

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July/August 2018, Hard Choices

In our annual Eco-Leaders issue, we honor a short list of building manufacturers who are facing Climate Change head on.

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May/June 2018, Strength in Numbers

Our first ever look at the industry's best associations and organizations—what they do and how they can help you.

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March/April 2018, Green Home of the Year Awards

Art and science converge as this year's winning projects raise the sustainability bar to new heights.

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Spring Special Awards Issue 2018, Hot 50

Our annual editors' choice product favorite.

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January/February 2018, A New Reality

Monster storms. Flooding. Wildfires. It's time to take fortified homes and resilient cities seriously.

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2017 Issues

November/December 2017, Choosing Abundance

This month, leading futurists offer a roadmap from dystopia to prosperity.

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Fall 2017 Special Issue, The Homeowner's Handbook

The 8th Edition of our free guide for eco-minded homeowners goes "back to basics" offering hundreds of good ideas for building and outfitting a super-sustainable home.

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September/October 2017, A Perfect Balance

No matter how modest the green home, precision is the key to sustainability—from load-balanced HVAC to a "perfect wall" for moisture management.

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July/August 2017, Last Stand?

As America's political elites turn their backs on climate change, a few companies have made the connection between prosperity and sustainability. This year's annual selection of Eco-Leaders demonstrate the power of innovation to reduce our heavy footprint.

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May/July 2017, Housing the Many

Population shifts and other forces have triggered a surge in energy-efficient housing. Can multi-family projects fill the void?

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Spring Special Awards Issue 2017, The Hot 50

Our annual special awards issue narrows the field of sustainable products to the best and brightest, and we also unveil the results of our latest Readers' Choice Brand Survey. Here's a salute to the best products and companies in the business of building.

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March/April 2017, Home of the Year Awards

Politics won't stand in the way of the coming energy revolution. As Wi-Fi-enabled products link renewable energy to home performance, net zero looks to become an ever-more-achievable benchmark.

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January/February 2017, Smart Plus Solar

Politics won't stand in the way of the coming energy revolution. As Wi-Fi-enabled products link renewable energy to home performance, net zero looks to become an ever-more-achievable benchmark.




2016 Issues

November/December 2016, The Code Roadmap 

The public comment phase of the 2018 IECC hearings has passed, and final decisions will be made as this issue went to print. Here's what you need to know about key building code changes that will affect the industry.


Homeowner's Handbook 2016 

Our 7th Edition of the go-to green guide for homeowners celebrates solar innovation and new products, and brings you the in-depth information your clients need to know about sustainable construction.

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September/October 2016, Testing Tradition 

This year's building science issue takes a closer look at envelopes, insulation and multi-zone heating and cooling. Learn which products and assembly details most impact overall energy performance.


July/August 2016, Cooling the Climate

Can greener business practices and smarter living slow our global nose dive toward climate disaster? Our annual Eco-Leaders issue looks at companies and ideas addressing what may be the toughest challenge in human history.


May/June 2016, Cleaner Machines

From biodiesel work trucks to hybrid excavators to electric cars, the way we live and work is changing with the times.


March/April 2016, The Return of the Garden

Our annual Eco-Landscaping issue looks at growing interest in lawn removal, natural stormwater retention and local food production. Join the garden resurgence, and grow new relationships with your clients.


February 2016, Visualizing Change

Our annual awards issue features our 2016 Hot 50 Editors' Choice and 2016 Readers' Choice Brand Survey.


January 2016, Energy Solutions

Imagine a future of renewable power and intelligently designed living. In this, our annual awards issue, we honor the nation's very best green homes and explore the innovative edge of housing.



2015 Issues

November 2015, The 2015 Homeowner's Handbook

The Interconnected Home. Learn how the Internet of Things is changing the way your home works—saving energy, improving comfort and protecting your investment.


October 2015, Beyond Sticks and Bricks

It's a brave, new alternative construction universe out there. Here's our annual look at materials old and new.


September 2015, Tools For Change

Are you ready for the jobsite of the future? This issue, we look at new ideas and technologies that are changing the way buildings happen. From solar mapping tools to tough, energy-efficient trucks, here's what you need to know to work smarter and more sustainably.


August 2015, Room for Improvement

Advances in building science promise a second chance for drafty, poorly insulated older homes. But as our annual "behind the walls" issue demonstrates, new homes also benefit from deeper understanding of how systems work in the real world.


July 2015, Numbers Don't Lie

Making sense of complicated data gets a lot easier, with the help of clever infographics. They're the visual centerpiece of this month's issue, which also takes a look at several game-changing net-zero-energy homes.


June 2015, 2015 Eco-Leaders

Here is our annual look at companies that are making serious efforts to address climate change—plus an update on solar products and innovations.


May 2015, Kitchens and Baths Evolve

New Products, new design concepts and changing expectations are transforming these pivotal living spaces. Throw in 3-D printing, and almost anything goes. Are you ready to rethink the most improtant rooms in the modern house?


April 2015, Clearing the Air

As childhood asthma reaches epidemic levels, poor indoor air quality has become a national concern. This month, we'll show you how to address the problem in every project, from basements to chimney.


March 2015, Sustainable Landscaping Guide

From ecology-based landscape design to graywater reuse, this year's guide takes resource conservation to the next level.


February 2015, The Hot 50

From geothermal systems to water-saving faucets, complete wall assemblies to advanced solar panels, this year's short list of leading products shows just how far and fast the industry is moving toward sustainability.


January 2015, Living Together

In the final chapter of our year-long Celestia Project, we look at the push and pull of human interactions. As the Internet of Things connects us ever more closely with technology, how do we maintain the bonds of community and family?



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