Last month, I attended NAHB’s midyear meeting in Miami and had the pleasure of sitting in on a presentation by Daniel Swift, president and CEO of Des Moines-based architecture group BSB Design.
A farmhouse constructed of concrete and white oak in the Ozark Mountains in Missouri was built to achieve the net-zero energy standard.
Green building: a vital selling tool for builders
More than half of builders believe that green/high-performance features help them sell new homes, according to a survey of Professional Builder readers.
Boston has launched a program that will construct energy-positive homes that are so efficient that they produce more energy than they consume.
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and the International Code Council (ICC) have released “Guidelines for Complying With Energy Code Requirements for Roof Assemblies: International Energy Conservation Code, 2009 and 2012 Editions.”
A new mapping tool from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Boston design firm can calculate rooftops' capacity for solar energy.
Installing rooftop solar panels on newly built houses can be cost-effective in terms of hardware, labor, permitting, and other factors, says Jesse Morris of the Rocky Mountain Institute.
PERC, Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator, upgrades, comparisons, pricing
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has upgraded its popular Heating Energy Cost and Carbon Calculator, giving the tool more timely applications that give construction professionals and propane marketers a way to quickly conduct pricing comparisons down to the county level.
The gradual move away from large power plants and transition to many more, smaller power sources such as wind and solar will require buildings to use operating systems as a computer would, speakers at the Net Zero Cities Symposium in Colorado said.
According to a national survey sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), nearly 70 percent of voters oppose repealing the mortgage interest tax deduction to cut the federal deficit.
The Mesquite, Nev., City Council voted against adopting a new energy efficiency code adopted by the state. The ordinance change would have incorporated amendments to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code that went into effect July 1 throughout the state.