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.
California regulators approved an expansion of a subsidy for rooftop solar power generated by homeowners and businesses.
Appraisal tips: Getting the value out of green homes
As green homes become more prominent, builders are experiencing growing pains when it comes to appraisals. Builders share their secrets for getting the value out of green.
Proposed changes to Minnesota's building code, including a handful of energy upgrades that would require builders to increase the amount of insulation to basement walls and add fire sprinklers to every new house, have roused the ire of some local builders.
The Texas State Energy Conservation Office recently announced that they will continue offering Energy Code Update Workshops in cities across Texas through April 2012.
Possible changes in the Minnesota building and energy codes could add $8,000-$12,000 to the cost of a typical home and open the door to building practices that have caused problems in the past, the Builders Association of Minnesota warned.
Oakwood Homes, University of Denver, net-zero energy home, affordable
Pioneering the delivery of Net-Zero technology to the first-time home buyer, home builder Oakwood Homes and students at the University of Denver have built an affordable net-zero home with the goal of selling it for under $200,000.
The Third International Emerging Technology Symposium by IAPMO and the World Plumbing Council features a session on water efficiency.
EPA, WaterSense label, residential, new homes, specifications
Continuing to build on the success of the WaterSense program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making minor modifications to its specification that establishes the criteria for new homes to earn the WaterSense label.
Miller Homes, Dow Business Solutions, New York, duplex, energy efficient
Central New York builder Miller Homes announced the opening of a deconstructed duplex designed to educate the public and the industry on the importance of high performing homes.
wood, building material, study, Canada, tall structures
A new study examines the potential of wood — typically used only in low-rise building — as an option in taller structures.