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.
Holly Cave / The Guardian / April 10, 2014
Since the advent of computer modelling in the early 1990s, architects have been able to conceptually manipulate not just the very large, but also the very small. Already, nanotechnology is found in the buildings springing up around us: in products such as self-cleaning glass, self-healing paint, and tougher steel bolts and cables. Chemicals company BASF, for example, produces Master X-Seed – a concrete additive containing nanoparticles of calcium silicate hydrate that cause the substance to harden twice as quickly.
Surprised? You’re not alone. Even the people who really oughtRead More
U.S. Department of Energy / April 1, 2014
As part of its Building America Program, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is engaging college students across the United States to participate in the DOE Challenge Home Student Design Competition and become part of this leadership movement to achieve truly sustainable homes. This competition will provide the next generation of architects, engineers, construction managers, and entrepreneurs with skills and experience to start careers in the field of clean energy and generate creative solutions to real-world problems.
Through the Challenge Home, DOE seeks to apply proven innovationsRead More
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.
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Leading Industry Thinkers to Advocate for Deepening the Industry Commitment to Sustainable Building
February 4, 2014 (Washington, DC) – Hanley Wood announces the selection of ten remarkable individuals as members of the 2014 Hanley Wood Sustainability Council. The Council, which includes practicing architects, researchers, educators, and building scientists, will explore sustainability metrics, milestones, and opportunities for the residential and commercial construction and design industry as part of Hanley Wood’s Vision 2020 Initiative.
“The members of the 2014 HanleyRead More
Dan Morrison / BUILDER / January 6, 2014
SolarCity, the nation’s largest PV installer, has another good idea: use batteries to store the power. Just like the golf cart batteries that stored energy from the little PV panel I had on the roof of my old cabin in western Montana—and the big battery under the hood of a shiny new Tesla—SolarCity is providing batteries to some of its largest commercial utility customers so they can fuel their power needs when peak demand does not match the sun’s output, like late in the day. OK, they are not just like the golf cart batteries in my old cabin, but they are just like the Tesla batteries.Read More