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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
Jennifer Goodman / BUILDER / September 20, 2013
The 2014 New American Home, the official showcase house of the International Builders’ Show, is rising out of the foothills of the exclusive Sky Terrace housing development in Henderson, Nev. The 6,700-square-foot show home will serve as a construction technology laboratory when it opens for tours during the 2014 show Feb. 4-6 in Las Vegas.
From all levels, the contemporary home takes full advantage of the spectacular desert views and the Las Vegas Strip while offering cutting-edge energy efficiency and sustainability. It is designed by architect Jeffrey Berkus to house several generations,
Carl Seville, guest post / REMODELING / September 17, 2013
Incorporate the principles of home performance into all your work to provide long-term benefits for your clients and your business.
Home performance as an industry has been around for a while, but it hasn’t fully matured. It remains challenging to create a consistently profitable business model, much of it is still based on frequently-changing rebates and incentives, and techniques and materials continue to evolve. Not exactly an easy way to make a living. Many remodelers understand that home performance is a good thing, but they are not willing to start a new division or business