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.
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
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
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
Silvio Marcacci / Clean Tecnhica / August 19, 2013
Green building is growing fast in the US, and may represent more than half of all commercial and institutional construction as soon as 2016.
A new report from the US Green Building Council (USGBC), “LEED in Motion: People and Progress,” details green building’s exponential growth and outlines both the value of the industry and its reach into American lives.
The report is the first of three LEED in Motion summaries planned for release in 2013, and it reveals yet another key indictor that sustainability can be as much an economic boost as an environmental one.
Millions Living And WorkingRead More
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING Pulse / August 21, 2013
More than 3,000 buildings will compete over the remainder of the year to see which structure can most reduce its energy use in the fourth annual Energy Start National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. The competition, hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was created in support of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which calls for buildings to cut waste and become at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020.
This year, more than 3,200 buildings in 25 different commercial building types are competing, up from 14 buildings in 2010. Competitors