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.
Monte Paulsen / Green Building Advisor / September 24, 2013
Arguments against the Passive House standard are based on misunderstandings
I’m a small building energy modeler, and the tools of my trade are airtightness, insulation, window placement, and heat-recovery ventilation. These are also the tools of the international Passive House standard (known in Europe as the Passivhaus standard). And yet, almost every week, some veteran home builder patiently schools me as to why these building performance strategies — or Passive House requirements — are a waste of time or money.
I have compiled the most frequently cited argumentsRead More
Jennifer Goodman / BUILDER / September 20, 2013
The 2014 New American Home, the official showcase house of the International Builders’ Show, is rising out of the foothills of the exclusive Sky Terrace housing development in Henderson, Nev. The 6,700-square-foot show home will serve as a construction technology laboratory when it opens for tours during the 2014 show Feb. 4-6 in Las Vegas.
From all levels, the contemporary home takes full advantage of the spectacular desert views and the Las Vegas Strip while offering cutting-edge energy efficiency and sustainability. It is designed by architect Jeffrey Berkus to house several generations,
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING pulse / September 18, 2013
With a recently enacted energy benchmarking policy, a host of forward-thinking architecture and design firms, and a rising tide of studies emerging on how the area will deal with climate change and changing sea levels and tides, Boston has its eye on the environment. And, it turns out, on energy efficiency. The Massachusetts hub is the most energy-efficiency city in the country, according to the 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
The survey ranked 34 of the most populous cities in the U.S. based on policies to address energyRead More
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 13, 2013
Dennis Creech’s impressive track record of advocating for high-performance housing and energy efficiency at Southface won over the judges for The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing. We recently sat down with Creech to chat about his approach to bringing together multiple players to advance sustainable housing, his perspective on the industry over the past 30 years, and what he plans to do with the $50,000 cash prize of The Hanley Award.Read More