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.
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING pulse / September 5, 2013
It’s common belief that we need to make significant changes to the building industry by the year 2030 to address critical issues of climate change. And we don’t have time to waste. So what needs to happen? All year, ECOHOME has gathered thought leaders in the industry via its Vision 2020 program to chart the path forward to the year 2030, with a specific focus on the year 2020 as a waypoint to track progress. On Sept. 4, we gathered our esteemed section chairs, program sponsors, and invited guests–all key players in the sustainable building realm–to discuss the path forward,Read More
Carl Seville / MULTIFAMILY EXECUTIVE / August 30, 2013
Multifamily professionals have an excellent opportunity to learn how to incorporate green building principles in their projects at the 2013 GreenBuild Expo November 20-22.
A key feature of this year’s conference is the two-day Affordable Housing Summit. The affordable housing industry has been at the vanguard of the green movement for many years, way ahead of its market-rate brethren. But as more sectors of the multifamily industry seek certification, developers and contractors can learn from the experiences of other professionals in this series of eight targeted seminars.
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING pulse / August 27, 2013
Specifying high-performance products is tricky business, with a wide range of variables to consider such as embodied energy, toxic and non-toxic content, recycled materials, durability, price, and aesthetics. In this conversation from Architect LIVE on the exposition hall floor at the 2013 American Institute of Architects’ National Convention in Denver, sustainability consultant Valerie Walsh of Walsh Sustainability Group and Katie Weeks, editor-in-chief of ecobuildingpulse.com, discuss various issues around building products and their environmental claims, with
Emily Badger / The Atlantic Cities / August 28, 2013
The amendments and executive orders never actually mention LEED by name. They ban new construction built with public money from seeking (or requiring) any green building certification that’s not recognized by something called the American National Standards Institute, or that doesn’t treat all certifications for wood products equally. But that’s really just a mouthful meant to ensure no more LEED-certified courthouses or state offices or libraries.
Behind the bans are a group of industries – primarily conventional timber, plastics and chemicals – unhappyRead More
Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg and Kyle Thetford / Mother Jones / August 20, 2013
It’s taken 60 years, but solar energy is tantalizingly close to beating fossil fuels on price.
The prices of solar cells are falling rapidly, and will keep doing so for the next few years. The big questions revolve around the rate of the price declines. And the panels themselves aren’t the only place where cost reductions will be found. America has very high “soft costs”—installation, permitting, marketing etc. Whittling down these expensesRead More