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.
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
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