Americans have a complex relationship with cooking. About half say they enjoy it. Others have re-discovered it as a way to reduce anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to COGNITION Smart Data, the Internet has been buzzing with conversation this month about the Grenfell fire. Frustrated consumers and building professionals alike are lamenting that flammable cladding is still being used on both existing and new buildings, despite the fact that we have ample access to durable, cost-effective options.
The era of COVID: confusing, challenging, complicated.
It’s hard to know what to do and how to think during these strange times. Many people are grappling with difficult questions about how to safely reenter society and resume their lives without putting themselves, their families, and their coworkers at risk.
The Building Performance Association actively supports the HOPE for HOMES Act of 2020, which includes immediate relief and long-term support for the residential energy-efficiency contractor industry negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The process is now easier and faster than ever before. Enter information about your project on the secure Team Zero Inventory Database.
In mid-January, the mayor of Miami signed an agreement that sets the city on a path to be carbon neutral by 2050. Referred to as the Miami Forever Climate Ready Strategy, it outlines various actions the city can take, from transitioning its vehicle fleet from gas-powered city cars to electric vehicles, installing more solar panels and increasing energy efficiency in city buildings.
According to COGNITION Smart Data, many Americans indicate that they will continue cooking at home more frequently than they did before the pandemic, even after the crisis comes to an end.
It certainly looks as if the housing market is rallying. According to a report issued by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department, single-family permits increased by nearly 12% in May and total housing starts reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 974,000 units.
The city adopted an updated version of their codes, including the IRC. They had previously been on the 2006 IRC. Now, they are almost up to the 2018 IRC. One notable difference is that service water heating only needs to comply with the 2003 IECC. (No, that year is not a typo.) It should be noted that single-family dwellings, duplexes and townhomes with a window-to-wall ratio greater than 15% fall under the purview of the Nebraska state energy code.
In June, as many as 50 percent of renters couldn't pay their rent. Renting makes you vulnerable when the world is topsy turvy. You're stir crazy, anxious and at the whim of your landlord. But you have options. Record low interest rates and unemployment have opened a brief "buyer's market" window.
With home model tours and walkthroughs now off limits, it’s not surprising that more people are shopping online for new digs. What may surprise you, however, is that millennials, who have been slower to embrace home ownership than their parents, may have turned a corner. They’re ready to buy a home now, and many of them don’t care if they have to do the whole thing online, without ever stepping foot in a physical building.
As mass timber construction continues to expand across the country, there are still challenges when it comes to building and specifying with mass timber.
Join Green Builder Media and Neal Clemens and Matthew Winston on Hilti North America for a discussion around the rise of mass timber, how firestopping plays a role, and what it means for the future of building construction.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Water is an incredibly important natural resource in our daily lives. From making our first cup of coffee in the morning to washing our clothes, cooking our dinner, and then brushing our teeth before we go to sleep, we all use water throughout the day without even thinking about it. Taking a close look at our water consumption and habits during this pandemic, and the changes that have come as a result, offers a unique and detailed picture of our lives under quarantine.
Heartbreaking. Devastating. Uncharted. These words could describe any one of the catastrophic events that are unfolding before us.
IAPMO seeks Canadian representation on the Plumbing Standards Committee (PSC). Canadian regulators and other professionals with technical background in plumbing and mechanical systems, such as jurisdictional authorities, laboratory, and educational facility representatives, are invited to participate. Meetings are held in English and via teleconference, with occasional face-to-face meetings.
In mid-April, The New England Ratepayers Association filed a petition with FERC to move wholesale energy sales from customer-generated sources into federal jurisdiction. Furthermore, NERA wants rates for such sales to be priced in accordance with the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (“PURPA”) or the Federal Power Act. In essence, they are taking umbrage with full net metering.
The shift to Net Zero Energy is transforming the built environment and placing new demands on professionals, manufacturers, utilities, city planners, local governments, and homeowners alike. Are you prepared to ride the net zero wave?
After decades of being considered a fringe goal and showcased in the media as maverick, Net Zero Energy (NZE) has earned its rightful place in the mainstream.
Since coronavirus changed our world, I’ve struggled to reconcile a few contradictory statistics:
I'VE WRITTEN RECENTLY about the importance of combining filtration and air diffusion when trying to limit the indoor spread of viral particles. But indoor air pollution comes in many forms: smoke, dander, cooking fumes, bathroom odors. Chances are that if you an excess of any type of pollutant, your home is not adequately ventilated. It’s that simple.
Net Zero is one of the fastest growing areas of the building sector. Join Green Builder Media on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 2:00 Eastern for a free webinar with Bruce Sullivan, Technical Director, Zero Energy Project and David Green, author of Zero Carbon Home
Brilliant, a leading smart home control and lighting company, and Genie, the well known brand of smart garage door openers, have just announced a new integration. Genie's full line of Wi-Fi enabled garage door openers, powered by Aladdin Connect® can now be controlled from Brilliant's in-wall touchscreen control panels and mobile app.
Getting to zero carbon requires lowering the embodied carbon in a building as far as possible and then offsetting that carbon with renewable energy, a process we discuss in detail in a previous post. If you have calculated and reduced the embodied carbon in your building plan, the final step is to calculate and then install sufficient solar panels to offset the building’s embodied carbon. Using the data from your embodied carbon life cycle assessment (LCA), you can determine how many solar panels will be needed to produce all the electricity needed by the home or building and to compensate for the embodied carbon of the building materials and construction. Installing the calculated excess solar capacity will allow you to export sufficient renewable energy to result in zero net carbon emissions for the project. Remember to include the carbon footprint of the solar panels in the LCA. If installing the full amount of solar panels on site is not feasible, off-site solar or carbon credits can fill the gap.
By now, you’ve probably heard of COGNITION Smart Data, Green Builder Media’s suite of market intelligence and data services.
It is projected that the global market for net zero energy structures will explode to $78.8 billion by 2025 due to innovations high-performance products, renewable energy, and automation technologies, and corresponding advancements in codes and policy. Adoption of net zero is mushrooming throughout the globe irrespective of location, climate, and political jurisdiction.
On a mission to construct a long-lasting, low-maintenance Net Zero post-frame home, Corbin Borkholder was careful about the products he selected, including a specific McElroy Metal roofing profile to host the solar laminate panels.
We all find ourselves navigating a new “normal” as we move from working outside of our homes in all aspects of our lives, to living and working inside our homes and apartments.
This indoor environment leads to questions such as:
We are taking the opportunity to review these questions and give you a few actionable steps to implement which can improve your indoor air quality immediately. These steps will hopefully be in addition to all the steps that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is already recommending to address concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic. I imagine that many of those are now thoroughly ingrained in all of our brains. Ideally, this will expand on the now needed knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, and physics going on in all of our buildings.
Lately I have been hearing a lot of speculation around how things will shape up when we turn the corner on the current crisis and move on to the next version of whatever life and business are going to look like. The most optimistic among us suggest that we’ll grasp the lessons we’ve learned and take a step up to a more responsible, more balanced approach in our work and in our daily activities, that we’ll find something worthwhile to hold onto and carry forward.
I hope everyone is doing as well as they can in these hard times. Like all of you, I’ve spent the last 7 weeks at home with family, trying to stay safe…and so far we have. With so much thinking time, I’ve been trying to figure out What it All Means. Not sure it’s possible yet since the world looks so different every week or two. But as a writer, I have to try to make some sense of it. So I took a shot at writing down some reflections in the first few days of the lock down on march 16th (when there were only 86 deaths in the United States vs. the 64,000 as I write this now).
As the federal government and many states begin allowing businesses to reopen, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has developed a checklist to help building owners and facility managers prepare, ensuring that fire protection and life safety systems in commercial and multi-occupancy residential buildings are properly checked and functioning.
Green Builder Media and Hilti North America announce the release of a downloadable ebook, “Strides In Fire Safety for Mass Wood Timber Buildings.” As Tall Mass Wood Timber (MWT) buildings get taller, municipalities, the building industry, and the public ask questions about how these buildings perform in a fire and how the building codes should be written to accommodate them.
Consumer demand for smart home technology continues to explode, but with the variety of choices out there, how do you pick the right tech solution? This webinar cuts through all the noise in the smart home space and addresses the most important points about today's connected homes, including:
As Green Builder Media tracks conversation about Coronavirus online through COGNITION Smart Data, we’re watching a growing correlation between the virus and an increased demand for climate action.
Nearly 37% of Green Builder Media readers tell us that they believe that Health & Wellness/Indoor Air Quality will be the segment of the housing industry most impacted by the Coronavirus.
The early months of 2020 have offered a glimpse of a world with less demand for fossil fuels as it tries to contain the coronavirus pandemic. It is a world in which renewable energy makes up a greater share of energy use, and carbon emissions are turned back to levels from a decade ago. Researchers at the Paris-based International Energy Agency, which last week released its Global Energy Review 2020, say any lasting effects “will be determined by the duration of lockdown measures and the recovery paths taken.”
The 2021 IECC has now been finalized. Join Green Builder Media and Jim Meyers from SWEEP on May 14 at 2:00 PM Eastern as we explore the new residential provisions in the 2021 IECC and highlight the changes in building envelope, lighting, and building science requirements, and how these changes will affect utilities, trades, home builders, code officials, and designers.
I tend to err on the side of optimism, but I can’t help noticing the glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel. Across all channels that Green Builder Media is tracking through COGNITION Smart Data, sentiment about the Coronavirus is decidedly shifting.
Led by the green building movement, many advances and improvements are coming in the near future. These will the design and construction of homes and buildings that will significantly improve the built environment for all. Here are three technologies to consider in your green building projects.
In the early days of the pandemic, sentiment was quite negative—people were worried about getting sick, dying from the virus, stopping the spread, and losing health insurance.
She’s in good company. Stores around the country report running out of toilet paper, cleaners, tissues and sanitizers--almost as fast as they’re vacating their canned goods and powdered eggs.
Polyurethane, a key component in everything from kitchen sponges to building insulation—and one that is rarely recycled—may become less of an insurmountable pollutant, thanks to a newly discovered, hungry microbe. Researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ in Leipzig, Germany say a new strain of Pseudomonas bacteria can completely consume the toxic plastic within weeks, providing a way to keep tons of the troublesome compound out of landfills.
Join Green Builder Media on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 3:00 Eastern as CEO Sara Gutterman explores shifting consumer behaviors, purchasing patterns, and sentiment; key areas where consumer expectations may be changed for good; and trends in essential areas like connected living, health & wellness, and energy.
The Coronavirus—the first global pandemic that has ever unfolded online— has hit all-time records of online engagement and activity. Understandably, one of the leading conversation drivers about the topic is Health and Wellness.
The recently approved CARES Act directs much-needed funding to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help ensure access to energy, for example. LIHEAP provides assistance to over 6 million low-income families each year to cover heating and cooling costs, and also supports weatherization services such as installing insulation to increase building energy efficiency and decrease utility costs. Investments in energy efficiency can deliver these benefits and more, but not all weatherization materials are created equal.
Award winning journalist and building science expert Matt Power explores the latest threats and solutions available that can make homes tougher, less flood-prone and more fire resistant. The goal: to reduce property damage and keep inhabitants safe—even in times of prolonged isolation—at the same time reducing energy bills and prioritizing systems needed for survival and basic comfort. Resilient homes, with cutting edge equipment, don’t have to look like apocalyptic bunkers. Whether you’re building from the ground up or retrofitting for resilience, when extreme events occur, you can be ready for (almost) anything.
This month’s market data analysis zooms in on Indoor Air Quality. A perfect storm of increased urban pollution, asthma, and more recently, anxiety about the Coronavirus, have amped up the urgency of the public’s interest in clearing the air in their homes. As affordable IAQ sensors become standard in homes, the quality of indoor air is likely to become a topic of increasing importance.
The upcoming model code covers building components like insulation, lighting, and water heating efficiency, and will represent the biggest energy efficiency gains in at least a decade for constructing or renovating homes. New commercial buildings also will be required to be more efficient. This is great news for homeowners, businesses, and the planet because more efficient new buildings cost less to operate and have a lower carbon footprint.
As Spring ushers in warm weather and a bit of well-timed cheer, homeowners are rediscovering their gardens, as evidenced by market data harvested by COGNITION Smart Data (Green Builder Media’s suite of market intelligence and data services.)
In the present world, there should be no denying that people will need to be environmentally friendly as a species. Going green and utilizing sustainable things is great for the environment, and it may help ensure the wellbeing of Earth. Many men and women care about the environment and would like to do their job to make matters better.
Smart houses are amazingly the latest frontier for green living. Throughout the past couple of decades, a lot of individuals have equated smart houses with technological elegance and relaxation. This is changing quickly, people begin beating the ways which you may create your smart house more sustainable.
One of the very best ways which you could accomplish so is by considering a number of the distinct smart home products which are available now. Let us take a look at a few of the ways an intelligent house can be ecofriendly.