Without doubt, 2020 will go down as one of the most traumatic years in recent history. Assaulted by pandemic, fire, flood, social unrest, and unruly politics, our nation has showed how divided and divisive it can be.
According to COGNITION Smart Data, Green Builder Media’s suite of market intelligence services, more than 50 percent of today’s home buyers are under the age of 36 with a median income of just under $90,000. These buyers are largely college-educated, dual-income couples.
If you’ve priced out dimensional lumber lately, you know that prices have soared over recent months, in part due to coronavirus disruption, in part due to the outgoing U.S. administration’s costly trade tariffs with Canada.
According to COGNITION Smart Data, Green Builder Media’s suite of market intelligence services, DIY projects have soared by 75 percent since the onset of the pandemic, even with concerns about spending.
As I wrote last week, COVID has expedited the adoption of a wide spectrum of enabling technologies that are increasing efficiencies in most sectors of our economy.
When installed with spray foam to seal gaps, DuPont's Styrofoam Cavitymate XPS Ultra panels, meet ASHRAE 90.1-2010 prescriptive requirements for continuous insulation and air barrier. Their sizing (15 3/4 inches wide) means they fit between wall ties in block-backed walls. This pairing of rigid foam with spray foam products has a formal name: Ultra Air Barrier Wall System. Although designed as a commercial product, the system offers the same durability and performance advantages for residential homes built with brick, stone or other masonry facades.
Delaware adopted the 2018 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1 2016 (Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Buildings). There was only one amendment approved: a certified DET verifier is required to conduct testing.
Now, it’s time for round two.
In 2013, the phrase “climate change” was finally being recognized as a legitimate, global term related to the environment. The Paris Agreement, which called for participating companies to voluntary reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the next three decades, was getting started.
YKK AP America manufactures commercial facade systems, and residential doors and windows, and considers the environment in everything it does. The environmental pledge which governs the company’s practices states, “It is recognized today as being a most important duty for all humankind that we preserve the abundantly endowed global environment and that we transfer it to the next generation in a sound condition.”
According to a recent survey conducted by McKinsey, COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of digitization and enabling technologies by up to seven years in the U.S. market (and 10+ years in Asia.)
According to COGNITION Smart Data, Green Builder Media’s suite of market intelligence services, there has been an astonishing surge in consumer interest in healthy homes, indoor air quality, and ventilation solutions this year, with much of the online conversation focused on keeping spaces safe and protected from COVID.
What factors can help mitigate the negative effects of a natural disaster or other emergency situation? What planning tools or programs can be used to lessen the impact? How do building codes and other emergency management strategies position communities to be as prepared as possible for disasters?
In what might be called a perfect storm for certain building materials, insulating panels have made major gains in recent years, even in the traditionally conservative and slow-to-change construction industry.
According to MacGregor Pierce, product manager with Hunter’s XCI panels division, the industry has reached a tipping point with regard to insulating panels.
Uponor, which manufactures plumbing and radiant heating systems and tools, recently took a big step when its Lakeville, Minn., distribution center became 100 percent wind-powered last spring. Since 2017, the company has been increasingly buying blocks of wind-produced renewable energy from local utilities.
Homeowners are bundling up, choosing to socialize safely outside rather than moving inside and risking infection, especially with the holidays on the horizon.
When COVID-19 shuttered the U.S. economy in March, companies in all sectors of the economy instructed their employees to work from home, thinking that it would be a short hiatus.
Modern high-efficiency plumbing fixtures are in widespread use across the country, but the water supply systems of most buildings are still being designed based on the water demand of the plumbing fixtures of the 1930s. Things have changed a bit since then.
It was only a decade ago when Christoph Ostermann and Torsten Stiefenhofer introduced a radical product that addressed a simple question: Why shouldn’t a homeowner’s solar power stay with their home instead of sending it back to the grid?
We all know it’s there, and we all know that no one wants to talk about it. The all-electric “elephant” in the room (or more specifically, the home). We are about to rip off the band-aid and address the belief that it costs more to have all-electric home appliances than gas or duel-fuel appliances.
For Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US (METUS), developing effective solutions for high-performing net-zero buildings and homes is job one. It results in tangible outcomes such as:
According to COGNITION Smart Data, Green Builder Media’s suite of market intelligence services, millennials are flooding the housing market, buying homes (new and existing), and remodeling at unprecedented rates.
Embracing a net zero imperative future beyond efficient products, LG Electronics USA is taking its environmental commitment to the next level, setting its sights on achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. It plans to do so through a variety of strategic initiatives such as:
The world often assumes that solar panel manufacturers, by definition, have sustainable practices. However, just because a manufacturer produces a clean product such as solar pv does not necessarily mean that its manufacturing process and overall operation are always resource-conscious.
The ridiculously outdated practice of stick framing the vast majority of new homes in this country could finally be on the verge of circling the drain to oblivion, where it would join the horse and buggy, along with the phone booth.
In the built environment, improvements in technology now demarcate a clear path toward decarbonization. The timing is urgent. We are, quite literally, experiencing a perfect storm of human-fueled weather pattern disruption, from the inferno of Western wildfires to a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season.
According to the International Energy Agency, if the globe continues on its current warming trajectory, the global population will require 6 billion air conditioning units—triple the current number—by 2050 to keep indoor temperatures comfortable.
There’s no one way to go net zero—which is why Rheem Manufacturing is using three of them. The heating and cooling product manufacturer, under its “Greater Degree of Good” mantra, plans to meet 2025 sustainability goals through innovation, efficiency, and leadership.
Call it “net-zero by the numbers.” For Panasonic, operating in a sustainable fashion means more than just implementing policy. It also means showing the world what happened when you did.
In the past three years, the electronics maker has made its home appliance recycling site, Panasonic ECO Technology Center (PETEC), and its battery manufacturing site, Panasonic Energy Belgium (PECBE), carbon emissions-neutral. Three more factories making up Panasonic do Brazil (PANABRAS) recently became the first on the American continent to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas status.
ICC Learn Live will be held November 9-13. Educational sessions will offer continuing education units (CEUs). The virtual event will address the most pressing priorities for building safety, including:
We are living among what is considered to be one of the largest civil rights movements in history. People throughout the country have participated in protests in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. And as the issue of racial injustice has gained the much-needed traction and worldwide attention like never before, we have to be solution-oriented.
The homes and lifestyles of the wealthy represent a major contribution to global warming, according to a new study by the University of Michigan. The report notes that affluent suburbs produce up to 15 times the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as nearby, poorer districts. It also says larger homes are responsible for nearly 25 percent more GHGs through lighting, heating, and cooling than smaller ones.
According to COGNITION Smart Data, Green Builder Media’s suite of market intelligence services, the housing market is experiencing unprecedented growth rates, even in these uncertain times.
EEBA is offering a membership package that gives you 50 percent off your membership and attendance to the upcoming HighPerformance Summit. The discount code is SAVE50.
RESNET’s second annual Video Competition is accepting video entrants until October 31.
Nationwide, heat caused at least 10,000 deaths from 1999 to 2016–more than hurricanes, tornadoes, or floods in most years, according to research by the Columbia Journalism Investigations and the Center for Public Integrity. And although the heatwaves are likely to continue courtesy of global warming, the lead agency for dealing with the problem is getting increasingly less support from the White House.
Wind power’s growing popularity and innovations in energy technology have led to a record number of annual procurements in 2019. Commercial and industrial companies are buying almost 4,500 megawatt (MW) of U.S. wind capacity—enough to generate electricity for 5 million homes annually. Total corporate agreements are approaching 17,000, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).
Walking through a historic section of Portland, Maine, this week, I noticed this grand old house, wrapped in polyethylene (sheet plastic). Why, I wondered, would anyone in the 21st Century still use this product in this way?
A global pandemic. Record-breaking wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and heat waves. Mind-boggling swings in financial markets and unemployment rates. Communities on edge. Vast populations of people and animals displaced. Are the locusts next?
According to COGNITION Smart Data, Green Builder Media’s suite of market intelligence and data services, the coronavirus has shifted consumer demands with respect to smart home technologies.
The multi-faceted intent of this recent amendment is to:
How would they accomplish these requirements?
Here are some code changes that address energy and water use:
The County, as well as the towns of Frisco, Breckenridge, and Dillon adopted the Summit County Sustainable Building Code. This means that all new residential construction must comply with the DoE’s Zero Energy Ready Home program. This program applies to R-2 and R-3 occupancies as well as R- 4 occupancies of 4 stories or less.
As home builders, we get the opportunity to “build it right” the first time, but many of us own older homes—or have friends and family with older homes. Here are some thoughts on how we can employ cost-effective and impactful enhancements to our current homes to make a difference.
According to COGNITION Smart Data, Green Builder Media’s suite of market intelligence services, Millennials and Gen-Zers have seized the leadership position in the housing sector.
Now more than ever, homeowners are searching for successful strategies to improve the health of their homes in an effort to protect their families.
When people are dissatisfied with the thermal environment, their productivity, capacity of concentration, well-being, and health can be negatively affected. Thus, ensuring thermal comfort for any new building design project through its HVAC system, as well as positioning of windows, doors, stairs, and other components, is paramount.
On September 22 at 2:00 pm Eastern, join Steve Swanson, the national trainer with Uponor North America, for a webinar that shows how radiant flooring and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) go hand in hand.
If you are responsible for inspections, get a copy of ICC’s new “Recommended Practices for Remote Virtual Inspections.” This guideline can help you conduct effective and consistent remote virtual inspections.
Simple wins the day. Brilliant is a touchscreen control panel with built-in Alexa voice control that makes it easy for everyone (family, friends, guests) to control popular smart home products and experiences: lighting, cameras, locks, garages, music, climate, intercom, scenes, and more.
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.