Green Design



TRI Pointe's Doug Bauer: 'We’re set up to be the next generation of merchant hom

TRI Pointe's Doug Bauer: 'We’re set up to be the next generation of merchant home builders'

Features
May 24, 2012

Launched in the spring of 2009 by three former William Lyon Homes executives, Irvine, Calif.-based TRI Pointe Homes is among a small group of home-building startups led by industry veterans who are utilizing their deep relationships and clean balance sheets to make their mark in California. Professional Builder sat down with TRI Pointe CEO Doug Bauer to discuss life as a startup.

Features
May 15, 2012

Since a sustainable building is one you don't have to rebuild, some building sustainability experts believe adding points for "resilience" to storms and earthquakes to the LEED sustainability rating tool makes sense.

Features
May 02, 2012

Those wanting to pursue development in heavily regulated and environmentally sensitive areas are benefiting by designing projects that qualify for LEED points, even if the project as a whole does not achieve certification.

News
May 02, 2012

Five home builders and three remodelers were among the companies honored this week with a National Green Building Award from the National Association of Home Builders, during the 14th annual National Green Building Conference held in Nashville, Tenn.

Features
April 26, 2012

A decade ago, luxury amenities such as granite countertops in kitchens and baths were necessities. Now, green building practices that once seemed exotic are becoming standard in homes at every price.

Features
April 24, 2012

A Texas firm has carved out a green building niche by using prefab methods and salvaged building materials from old buildings.

Features
April 17, 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.

Features
April 16, 2012

This seminar will trace the origins of green codes, how they compare and differ from the rating systems that have been used, and examine some of their main features.

Oakwood Homes, University of Denver, net-zero energy home, affordable

Oakwood Homes, University of Denver, net-zero energy home, affordable

News
April 13, 2012

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.

Lessons learned from bringing the ducts inside

Lessons learned from bringing the ducts inside

Features
April 09, 2012

Growing demand for energy-efficient homes has made interior-ductwork schemes more enticing for builders in recent years. But this approach has its challenges. We asked several builders to share their experiences.

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