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 / 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
Peter Goldstone / HW.com / November 7, 2013
November marks the next phase in Hanley Wood’s progress as a leader in the sustainable design and construction market. We will host the 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia later this month – the first Greenbuild since we acquired the show and established a strategic partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. But this year’s event also symbolizes the moment when the sustainable building movement itself begins to escalate… to globalize… and to go “next level.”
Greenbuild is an established, highly valued brand that embodies the missionRead More
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING pulse / September 27, 2013
While New York City buildings are responsible for 74 percent of citywide greenhouse gas emissions, 94 percent of total electricity use, and 85 percent of potable water consumption in the city, these buildings are making progress on reducing their energy use, according to new data released by the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week in the New York City Local Law 84 Benchmarking Report. Local Law 84 (LL84) requires all privately owned properties over 50,000 square feet and multiple buildings with a combined gross floor areas of more than 100,000 square feet to annual measure and reportRead More
Robert Dietz / NAHB / September 30, 2013
In 2005, Congress established a number of energy-efficiency tax incentives related to housing. These policies include the tax code section 45L credit for the construction of energy-efficient homes, the 25C credit for retrofitting existing homes, and the 25D credit for the installation of power production property in new and existing homes.
Using earlier IRS data for tax year 2009, we previously examined who benefitted from these credits, as well as how homeowners used the credits. Newer 2010 data also allow exploring these energy related investments.
The 25C credit is only available forRead More
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