Technology has become integrated into our homes with devices such as networked doorbells, smart thermostats, and wireless light bulbs.
proposed changes being considered for the 2012 version of the National Green Building Standard
Mandatory carbon monoxide monitors and stricter drainage and insulation requirements are among the proposed changes being considered for the 2012 version of the National Green Building Standard. The NGBS Consensus Committee met in June to discuss proposed changes. Here's a sample of the suggested changes.
PulteGroup CEO Richard Dugas outlines his strategy for staying on top and positioning the perennial top builder for the future
Professional Builder editors recently sat down with PulteGroup CEO Richard Dugas to discuss his strategy for bringing Pulte back to profitability in 2011, his thoughts on GSE reform and the changing view on housing policy in Washington, D.C., and his long-term outlook for America’s largest home builder.
Thirteen builders, remodelers, and other home-building industry professionals were honored this week as winners of National Green Building Awards by the National Association of Home Builders at the 13th annual National Green Building Conference in Salt Lake City.
Moisture control techniques for wood-framed homes
Moisture can be the nemesis of today’s more tightly-built wood-framed homes. Creating a tight building envelope is only one part of the equation in creating a high-performing, energy-efficient house — if it’s not coupled with strategies for letting accumulated moisture out of wall cavities, it can be a recipe for disaster. The NAHB Research Center offers moisture control tips for wood-framed homes.
Meritage Homes has earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star 2011 Partner of the Year Award for leading the industry in reducing energy use in its high-performance homes. The company was the first large, national home builder to earn the Energy Star seal of approval on every home it builds.
Professional Builder webinar: 35 Moneymaking Ideas for Builders in 2011
Making money as a builder has never been more demanding than it is today. New tools and ideas are required to achieve success. Join Professional Builder's editors Patrick O'Toole and David Barista and columnist Scott Sedam for a fast-paced, one-hour webinar loaded with ideas you can use in your business today. This free webinar is available on demand.
5 narrow-lot housing concepts for today's market
In the latest installment of Professional Builder's House Review collaborative, four leading architects and designers present five narrow-lot housing solutions that address such critical elements as garage placement, the value of side yards, and maintaining privacy without losing views.
Meritage builds ‘deconstructed’ home to demonstrate green features
Home-building giant Meritage Homes cut the ribbon last month on its first high-performance, green community in the San Antonio area. To help educate potential buyers on the green homes, Meritage built a demonstration home that “literally peels back the walls and ceilings to showcase its energy-saving features,” according to the company.
Denver is quickly becoming a leader in developing environmentally friendly buildings, Green Building Pro reported.
7 best practices for building affordable green homes
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.