Apologies to Paul Simon, but when I looked at the long list of design ideas I compiled while at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, I thought I’d try to mention 50 of them—a nice round num
Passive House experts share tips on improving energy performance without having to meet the standard.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory released findings from field tests of a roof and attic system that aims to improve the energy efficiency of residential buildings.
Monterey County, Calif. is poised to adopt an ordinance to amend the county building code to include “requirements and incentives for incorporating ‘green’ building principles and practices into new development in the unincorporated area” of the county.
The borough of Bloomingdale, N.J., recently adopted regulations for solar-energy and wind energy systems. The ordinance prohibits the installation of wind turbines on residential property.
Wyandotte, Mich. is generating 30% of its energy from renewable sources such as solar power and geothermal energy. A program that gives incentives to homeowners who use renewable power sources has spurred the green movement in the community.
sustainable house denmark
A sustainable wood home in Denmark was built in just six weeks after its parts were produced using a rapid-prototyping machine.
photovoltaic roofing contest sunshot energy department
The Energy Department announced a new competition in conjunction with its SunShot Initiative. The initiative’s goal is to make solar energy competitive with other forms of energy without subsidy by the end of the decade.
NRCA University will offer a class called “Photovoltaic Roof Systems: Energizing Your Business” Oct. 16 in Philadelphia.
EPA, WaterSense, specifications, revisions, apartments, condos, January 1 2013
New standards for the WaterSense label, released last week by the EPA, now allow individual apartments and condominiums to qualify for the designation.
Shipping containers—full of the structural steel components needed to build a home—can also become a base for houses, taking recycling to a new realm.