Energy efficiency



zero-energy homes, ibacos, best practices

Developers of a cost-conscious zero-energy home offer guidance on building uber-green homes on a budget.

Features
August 01, 2011

Developers of a cost-conscious zero-energy home offer guidance on building uber-green homes on a budget.

solar homes, green homes, energy efficient homes, lennar

solar homes, green homes, energy efficient homes, lennar

News
July 26, 2011

Westinghouse Solar and Lennar announced a supply agreement to deliver solar power systems to new home buyers.

7 best practices for building affordable green homes

7 best practices for building affordable green homes

Features
February 20, 2011

Going green doesn’t have to cost more. Experts at the NAHB Research Center have identified design and construction tactics that builders have used to minimize the cost premium for green.

Measurement techniques for Lean building

Measurement techniques for Lean building

Features
January 20, 2011

Lean implementation requires a new mindset when it comes to measurement of the design and building process. What builders measure, and how, can make all the difference in finding and improving efficiencies in the home building process, writes Scott Sedam of TrueNorth Development. Sedam offers 10 guidelines for the measurement of Lean operations.

News
December 07, 2010

America’s 10 largest publicly traded home builders have started to improve their policies and practices relating to the environment and resources, but much progress remains to be achieved, according to a new study by Calvert Investments, a sustainable and responsible investment firm. KB Home and Pulte ranked at the top of Calvert’s list, while Meritage Homes, Toll Brothers, and Standard Pacific all improved against Calvert’s previous ranking. DR Horton and Ryland Group lost ground.

Features
December 06, 2010

At a scant 528 square feet, the Eco-Cabana model from Palm Harbor Homes may be small in stature but it is mighty when it comes to green living. Designed to meet DOE’s Builders Challenge energy performance requirements of sub-70 on the HERS Index, the model will be loaded with high-performance, sustainable features.

Features
December 06, 2010

Measuring just 30 feet in width, the Sea Breeze model is designed specifically for narrow-lot, infill applications for just about any region or environment in the country — from coastal settings and mountainous areas to urban landscapes and traditional suburban neighborhoods.

Features
December 06, 2010

The home building industry’s approach to design, plans, and specifications needs a comprehensive overhaul to find and eliminate waste in product and process. Professional Builder columnist and Lean guru Scott Sedam provides a primer on getting started with Lean design.

News
November 12, 2010

The Department of Energy launched a new pilot program to give homeowners straightforward information about their homes’ energy efficiency. The Home Energy Score report will provide consumers with an energy performance rating based on a 1 to 10 scale that also includes recommendations for reducing energy costs.

Features
November 07, 2010

High-performance, green, sustainable — all are terms that are often used interchangeably. While they may conjure visions of solar roof panels, geothermal heating, and other expensive technologies, most home builders agree that the most important components of a high-performance home are windows, insulation, and HVAC systems.

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