Last month, I attended NAHB’s midyear meeting in Miami and had the pleasure of sitting in on a presentation by Daniel Swift, president and CEO of Des Moines-based architecture group BSB Design.
Measuring just 30 feet in width, the Sea Breeze model is designed specifically for narrow-lot, infill applications for just about any region or environment in the country — from coastal settings and mountainous areas to urban landscapes and traditional suburban neighborhoods.
Beazer Homes has agreed today to pay a $925,000 civil penalty to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations at its construction sites in 21 states, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. As part of the settlement, Beazer will also implement a company-wide stormwater program to improve compliance with stormwater runoff requirements at current and future construction sites around the country.
Meeting EPA’s stormwater runoff requirements doesn’t have to bust the budget. To help home builders toward this effort, the NAHB Research Center has developed its “Low Impact Development Practices for Storm Water Management,” a set of cost-effective best practices to address stormwater management through site design.
High-performance, green, sustainable — all are terms that are often used interchangeably. While they may conjure visions of solar roof panels, geothermal heating, and other expensive technologies, most home builders agree that the most important components of a high-performance home are windows, insulation, and HVAC systems.
NAHB Research Center’s latest study identifies wall assemblies that perform the best in mixed-humid climates, such as Washington, D.C., Nashville, and Cincinnati. The claddings used in the study include traditional stucco, fiber-cement siding, brick veneer, manufactured stone, vinyl siding, and insulated vinyl siding.
By eliminating waste in the home building product and process, builders can negate the added costs for going green, writes Lean building guru Scott Sedam in his latest column.
Working with structural insulated panels has its challenges, especially for first-time users. To help shed some light on the common problem areas, we’ve asked a SIPs expert to provide key tips and do’s and don’ts when working with the technology.
Casa Feliz, an apartment building in San Jose, Calif., was built with environmentally friendly materials, has furniture made from sustainably farmed wood and efficient appliances. But the building wasn’t built for trendy professionals; it was designed for families who earn less than 35 percent of San Jose’s $103,500 median income.
A new survey of nearly 10,000 consumers across 43 states by John Burns Real Estate Consulting reveals several interesting findings on what buyers want in a home and community today. For instance, only 17 percent of respondents said price was most important; location and home style/design ranked highest.
Federal housing regulators must stop obstructing programs that make energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects affordable for American homeowners, according to a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council.