Green Design



home certification, weatherization, home weatherization, home performance

home certification, weatherization, home weatherization, home performance

News
August 01, 2011

The Building Performance Institute Inc. (BPI) reached 25,000 active certifications this week, more than tripling its total number of professional certifications in the home performance and weatherization workforce in just 18 months

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.

National Green Building Standard, NAHB Research Center, green home building

proposed changes being considered for the 2012 version of the National Green Building Standard

Features
July 19, 2011

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, Richard Dugas, housing giants, professional builder's housing giants

PulteGroup CEO Richard Dugas outlines his strategy for staying on top and positioning the perennial top builder for the future

Features
May 31, 2011

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.

News
May 06, 2011

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 control techniques for wood-framed homes

Features
January 03, 2012

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.

News
March 28, 2011

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

Professional Builder webinar: 35 Moneymaking Ideas for Builders in 2011

Features
March 18, 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

5 narrow-lot housing concepts for today's market

Features
February 27, 2011

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.

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