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 20, 2013
We humans have become an invasive species, gobbling up the Earth’s resources at an unsustainable rate. And the planet has clearly had enough, as showcased by the ever-increasing frequency of droughts, floods, superstorms, and wildfires—all strong signs that our relationship with our global home is out of whack. Scientists are now 95 percent certain that we humans are the main cause of our current global warming through our production of greenhouse gasses. Our temperatures and sea levels continue to rise in step with the amount of carbon in our atmosphere, which passed 400 parts perRead More
Katie Weeks / ECOBUILDING pulse / September 5, 2013
It’s common belief that we need to make significant changes to the building industry by the year 2030 to address critical issues of climate change. And we don’t have time to waste. So what needs to happen? All year, ECOHOME has gathered thought leaders in the industry via its Vision 2020 program to chart the path forward to the year 2030, with a specific focus on the year 2020 as a waypoint to track progress. On Sept. 4, we gathered our esteemed section chairs, program sponsors, and invited guests–all key players in the sustainable building realm–to discuss the path forward,Read More
ECOBUILDING Pulse / August 8, 2013
At the end of the first year of ECOHOME’s Vision 2020 program, Cliff Majersik, executive director for the Institute for Market Transformation and chair of the Vision 2020 Market Transformation focus area, concluded that dramatic change was needed in the building environment. “To truly transform the market and make high energy efficiency a baseline,” he wrote, “we’ll have to drive change in the ways buildings are designed, constructed, inspected, retrofitted, valued, bought and sold, and insured.” So how is the industry doing nearly one year later?
It’s been nearly a yearRead More
Katie Weeks / ECOHOME / July 24, 2013
The emergence of green building as a wide-ranging, multibillion dollar industry over the past two decades has dramatically reshaped the day-to-day operations of many building product manufacturers. “There’s no question that the green building market transformation has had a huge impact on building materials,” says Scott Miller, director of sustainability and product affairs at Knauf Insulation. “Anyone that says it didn’t is lying to you.”
For some manufacturers, decisions are driven by a corporate sustainability mandate, while other manufacturers seek the financialRead More
KJ Fields / ECOBUILDING Pulse / May 22, 2013
In order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, the industry must evolve quickly to meet the challenges of our changing environment. Allison Ewing, AIA, principal at Charlottesville, Va.’s Hays+Ewing Design Studio views adaptive lessons in the natural world as a blueprint for success, and she’s homed in on passive building strategies to reach the evolutionary goal.
“We need to find solutions to the Vision 2020 benchmark that can easily be implemented at scale rather than one-off projects,” asserts Ewing. “To make real impacts in the home building industry, we must engage the developer-builderRead More