The cover story of Time’s July 14 issue is a 39-page special report, “The Smarter Home.” Naturally, I had to read it.
Codes and Standards
According to the Department of Energy, the standards will save approximately 3.3 quads of energy and $63 billion in energy costs for products shipped between 2015 and 2044.
Home Innovation Research Labs has convened the process to update the 2015 version of the National Green Building Standard (NGBS).
Outdoor fireplaces hidden inside the house violated local building codes.
Rising demand for rooftop solar energy systems across the country has prompted adverse reactions from utility companies.
Healthy building materials and environmentally friendly construction outcomes are especially relevant to homebuilders.
Policy change could impact employers with as few as 50 workers.
RDC Fine Homes' first net-zero home employed a wide array of energy-efficient features. Image courtesy of RDC Fine Homes
Speakers who participated in the recent Net-Zero North American Leadership Summit share what the industry has recently learned about building to the green standard.
The new building code in Prescott, Ariz., will foster new energy efficient solutions and will require new conformance inspections and testing to specified limits.
With the prospect of severe tornadoes and severe wind events differing drastically within some states, codes governing emergency “safe room” shelters can vary.
The California master building code, set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, includes a few changes that could push automated, open-standards-based demand response into the mass market.