News & Opinions
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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
Allison Ewing / ECOHOME / August 29, 2013
If we are to become carbon neutral, we need consider not only the energy performance of a home or structure, but also the embodied energy of the materials that go into construction of the dwelling—the cumulative embodied energy. The average home has 300 mWh hours of embodied energy, roughly 25 percent of the total energy used over the lifetime of the building. While the operational usage outstrips the embodied energy in the long term, if we are to truly talk about net-zero energy, embodied energy needs to fit into the equation.
But how should we choose the best materials? Should we focus on renewable,Read More
Katie Weeks / ECOHOME / July 24, 2013
The emergence of green building as a wide-ranging, multibillion dollar industry over the past two decades has dramatically reshaped the day-to-day operations of many building product manufacturers. “There’s no question that the green building market transformation has had a huge impact on building materials,” says Scott Miller, director of sustainability and product affairs at Knauf Insulation. “Anyone that says it didn’t is lying to you.”
For some manufacturers, decisions are driven by a corporate sustainability mandate, while other manufacturers seek the financialRead More
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
Craig Webb / REMODELING / June 13, 2013
Trends involving sustainably healthy homes, rental housing improvements, and aging in place all will help drive growth in spending for home improvement projects in coming years, one of the nation’s leading experts on remodeling said today.
Kermit Baker, director of the Remodeling Futures Program at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS), also said that his group expects double-digit increases in spending on major home improvements this year and next.
“We feel the market moving through 2013 has a fair amount of momentum to it,” BakerRead More