Suburbia: It has been a panacea and an expletive. Touted for affordability and maligned for automobile dependence, suburbia is a fact of life in the U.S.
A Portland, Ore.-based nonprofit group recently showcased 13 extremely energy-efficient homes in four Northwest states. The homes were designed to use 30 percent less energy than a traditional house.
Installation of these solar shingles would cost the homeowner an additional $10,000, though the price of the products is expected to fall.
The 10 measures passed include the support of resilient communities, stronger building energy codes, Tiger grants, and improving infrastructure.
After three years of research and development, Proto Homes is rolling out houses produced by a patent-pending, hybrid prefab building system.
NSF Sustainability has verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for nylon carpet styles and colors manufactured by Mannington Commercial and for J+J Flooring Group’s Kinetex flooring product and Invision brand modular styles that use eKo backing.
Cool-roof material choices have expanded from reflective paint to vinyl sheeting, light-colored gravel, and other roofing products designed to reflect 90 percent of sunlight.
Success in constructing net-zero homes in the Northwest has sparked debate over how green codes should be incorporated.
During National Homeownership Month in June, the National Association of Home Builders is telling young people the time is right to buy a house, and that the nation's builders are building the homes they want.
The city has already awarded three vacant city-owned sites on streets lined with old-line two- and three-family homes in the Roxbury and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods to teams of developers and architects.
At Living Future's annual conference this month in Seattle, Jason McLennan and architecture firm BNIM founder Bob Berkebile launched the JUST label, an extension of the Declare label that addresses social justice and equity issues.