News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Randyl Drummer / CoStar / July 31, 2013
Proposed Program Would Bridge Engagement Gap Between Building Owners and Occupiers In Sustainability Efforts
While it stands to reason that tenants account for most of the energy use in office buildings, most current sustainability and green building practices, incentives and certifications are primarily geared toward building owners, property managers and developers.
Such programs as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program and the U.S. Green Buildings Council’s s Leadership in Environmental Efficiency and Design (LEED) have scored major successesRead More
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING Pulse / July 23, 2013
Can upgrades to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Portfolio Manager tool help make commercial buildings at least 20 percent more efficient by 2020? That’s the goal, according to the agency, who recently updated the online tool with a more user-friendly interface, enhanced data sharing capabilities, better reporting, and the ability to manage buildings through their lifecycle from design through occupancy. Custom tabs now let users plan and set goals for current and future projects, and data entry has been made easier.
Will the upgrades help more buildings
Lisa Prevost / June 27, 2013
Consumer demand for high-efficiency homes is rising. But the value of “green” isn’t always factored in by appraisers, and is typically ignored by mortgage lenders.
A bipartisan Senate bill supported by a broad coalition of business, real estate, energy and environmental groups seeks to put energy cost savings into the underwriting equation. Called the SAVE Act (for Sensible Accounting to Value Energy), the legislation could make energy-efficient features more affordable to average-income home buyers by allowing them to qualify for a larger loan amount.
The legislation wouldRead More
Paul Emrath / NAHB / June 28, 2013
A study published in June presents evidence in support of NAHB’s policy, which classifies a change in building codes as cost effective if it returns at least 10 percent in energy savings the first year.
The study argues that a common alternative to NAHB’s policy, using the current mortgage rate to evaluate energy efficiency, is an unrealistic assumption and produces unrealistic results. In particular, taking the mortgage rate to be representative of the rate of return home buyers require fails to capture borrowing constraints and doesn’t reflect the way buyers actuallyRead More
Jennifer Goodman / ECOBUILDING Pulse / June 25, 2013
A new book from green building expert Jerry Yudelson provides the first large-scale study comparing building performance data worldwide from the highest-rated large green buildings of the past 10 years. The World’s Greenest Buildings: Promise vs. Performance in Sustainable Design relies on actual energy and water operating data from 57 projects in 18 countries, and offers architects, engineers, and builders new ways of designing and constructing high-performance buildings.
Below, Yudelson talks with ECOHOME about his research and its implications for American builders.