This month’s issue includes stories about three unfilled market niches that are significant opportunities for builders: culturally aware housing, live-work housing, and Missing Middle Housing.
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.
Energy-efficient homes carry 9 percent premium price, says study of 1.6 million
A new study involving a sample of 1.6 million homes sold in California between 2007 and early 2012 found that, holding all other variables constant, a green certification label on a house adds an average of 9% to its selling value.
Recycling and reusing construction materials not only makes projects sustainable, but also offers a source of savings and additional income for contractors.
Yudelson: Most green buildings deliver predicted energy savings (or better)
Most green buildings do deliver predicted energy savings (or better), says sustainability guru Jerry Yudelson.
BPI, Home Energy Auditing Standard, evaluation, Building Performance Institute
The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) announced Monday that BPI-1100-T-2012 Home Energy Auditing Standard has been published as a BPI standard.
Shuttered Florida development gets new life as mega-green rental community
Seabourn Cove in Boynton Beach, Fla., is on pace to become the largest NGBS gold-level multi-family community in the nation.
Green building slow to catch on in upscale Westchester County (N.Y.)
In New York State, 1,262 residential units have achieved the LEED for Home standard, but only two of them are in Westchester County.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that more than 20,000 homes across the United States have earned certification through the LEED for Homes program.
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
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.