Green Design



Features
June 12, 2012

In response to concerns by LEED users, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that it will delay the ballot on LEED 2012 until June 1, 2013 or potentially earlier in 2013 if USGBC members and the market indicate readiness.

California, Energy Commission, solar-ready roofs, guidelines, 2014

California, Energy Commission, solar-ready roofs, guidelines, 2014

News
June 05, 2012

Starting Jan. 1, 2014, all new residential and commercial buildings in California will need to have “solar-ready” roofs thanks to new building guidelines approved by the California Energy Commission last week.

Features
May 29, 2012

Santa Monica, Calif.-based LivingHomes has launched the C6.2, an affordable prefab house that is certified LEED Platinum.

Appraisal tips: Getting the value out of green homes

Appraisal tips: Getting the value out of green homes

Features
May 24, 2012

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.

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.

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