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 / 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
Staff Report / Remodeling magazine / December 11, 2013
Big names (Hillary Clinton, Bon Jovi) and big themes (climate change, disaster recovery) tended to get the big headlines at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia late in November. But for remodelers, some of the more important topics covered by editors of sister titles to Remodeling involved energy rating labels and the notion that manufacturers should reveal more about what’s in the goods they sell.
The so-called “transparency” movement contends that by making information more available, consumers will make greener choices. But skeptics worry thisRead More
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDINGpulse / November 25, 2013
I have Greenbuilditis and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. Symptoms include sore and sometimes swollen feet from walking convention center halls; achy shoulders from carrying an oversized bag to carry convention gear; a raspy voice eerily reminiscent of Peter Brady in a well-known episode of The Brady Bunch; and a unique mix of near-total exhaustion and a sense of invigoration. It’s an affliction you can wear with pride (and can be cured with lots of sleep).
What has me so worn down yet fired up? Here’s some of what I was exposed to in Philadelphia last week:
“Green is here to stay. It’sRead More