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Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDINGpulse
Ca-ching! Green homes comprised 23 percent of the residential construction market in 2013 and had a market share valued at $36 billion, according to a new “Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study” from McGraw Hill Construction that was released at the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) International Builders’ Show this week. What’s more, this market is hot: Green home building is expected to grow to between 26 percent and 33 percent of the market by 2016, jumping the valuation estimate to $83-$105 billion.
According to a press release fromRead More
Staff Report / Remodeling magazine / December 11, 2013
Big names (Hillary Clinton, Bon Jovi) and big themes (climate change, disaster recovery) tended to get the big headlines at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia late in November. But for remodelers, some of the more important topics covered by editors of sister titles to Remodeling involved energy rating labels and the notion that manufacturers should reveal more about what’s in the goods they sell.
The so-called “transparency” movement contends that by making information more available, consumers will make greener choices. But skeptics worry thisRead More
from ECOBUILDINGpulse via Triple Pundit / October 1, 2013
Reduced energy consumption and greater energy efficiency across more than 120 U.S. manufacturing businesses and over 1,750 plants have resulted in some $1 billion in savings and avoided the equivalent of about 11 million metric tons (MT) of CO2 emissions, according to the Department of Energy (DOE), which recognized their achievements during the World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, DC September 25.Read More
Monte Paulsen / Green Building Advisor / September 24, 2013
Arguments against the Passive House standard are based on misunderstandings
I’m a small building energy modeler, and the tools of my trade are airtightness, insulation, window placement, and heat-recovery ventilation. These are also the tools of the international Passive House standard (known in Europe as the Passivhaus standard). And yet, almost every week, some veteran home builder patiently schools me as to why these building performance strategies — or Passive House requirements — are a waste of time or money.
I have compiled the most frequently cited argumentsRead More
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING pulse / September 24, 2013
Urbanization is increasing at an unprecedented rate, with more than half of the world’s population living in cities today and more than 70 percent expected to do so by 2050—and this should be good news when it comes to innovation, according to a new report released by the AIA. “Cities as a Lab: Designing the Innovation Economy,” the eighth report in an AIA series of reports on innovative, healthy, sustainable, and livable communities, examined how cities are responding to an uncertain future. The conclusion? Cities across the world are hotbeds of innovative solutions to changingRead More