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.
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
Michael Morris / ECOHOME / April 17, 2013
The U.S. building industry in general is fragmented and slow to change—a problem in the best of times that is now generating serious headwind against the recent upsurge in building activity as the economy regains strength. Reports of new-construction manpower shortages are already making news, along with shortages of building products.
What may be even more critical, according to 2013 Vision 2020 Energy Efficiency + Building Science co-chair Mark LaLiberte, is the “brain drain” of skilled building practitioners over the past few years, and a resulting retreat from building scienceRead More
Michael Morris / ECOBUILDING PULSE / March 11, 2013
When it comes to water efficiency, could the Bay Area serve as a test-bed for new programs and policies on water efficiency and alternative sourcing? According to Vision 2020 water efficiency chair and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) director of water resources Paula Kehoe, municipal water providers across the country (with progressive cities like San Francisco at the forefront) are seeking to diversify their water supply sources to offset real and potential impacts from droughts, climate variability, and increased demand. What can be learned from the Bay Area in thisRead More
Katie Weeks / ECOHOME / March 4, 2013
Building on the momentum generated by its inaugural year, ECOHOME’s Vision 2020 initiative continues in 2013 to explore sustainability metrics, milestones and opportunities that strengthen the foundation of our industry and move it forward.
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