Join us May 12 at 2:00 pm for a new timely webinar, “Environmental Impacts on a Healthy Home: How Location Affects Disease, Illness, and Wellness,” with experts Eric Klos and Rick Bayless.
Let’s do some numbers. When you buy a house, you typically get a 30-year mortgage. Right now, interest rates are around 3 percent, the lowest in decades.
IAPMO is excited to announce the launch of a new podcast series, “The Authority Podcast: Plumbing & Mechanical.” Hosted by Christoph Lohr, IAPMO’s vice president of Strategic Initiatives, the series discusses the latest trends in plumbing and mechanical safety, sustainability, and resiliency with some of the brightest minds in the industry.
Then crafting a classy home in scenic New Zealand, two major words come to mind: sustainable location. That was the case when Craft Homes builder and managing director Toby Tilsley, and Solarei Architecture architect and founder Duncan Firth decided how they were going to develop what is now known as “The Upland Road House.”
Many people take time on birthdays and holidays to reflect on the year gone by. As a dedicated environmental steward, Earth Day is a benchmark for me—a moment in time to pause and think critically about the headway and setbacks we’ve experienced in our quest for sustainability.
The Lang/St. Marie Residence is a prefabricated, Net Zero home in the New Jersey shore town of Spring Lake Heights, designed as a weekend retreat for a retired couple from Brooklyn, New York.
Oregon is getting water smart. In addition to adopting the UPC this spring, the State Plumbing Board went even further to protect its water resources by adopting the 2017 edition of IAPMO’s Water Efficiency and Sanitation Standard (WE•Stand) in its 2021 Oregon Residential Reach Code.
Situated in the Gunnison National Forest at over 10,000 feet in elevation and weathering extreme temperatures, snow, rain, hail, and the impending risk of fire, Green Builder Media’s VISION House Mariposa requires special products.
From decarbonizing business operations to electrifying everything, the topics discussed at this year’s Sustainability Symposium 2021: Into the Light were a breath of fresh air. Speakers not only illustrated a roadmap to get to a zero-carbon economy, but also offered much-needed hope and inspiration to attendees.
The One Tree Pledge is a home sustainability campaign that aims to mitigate the carbon emissions from the energy use of home-dwelling by planting one tree for every one square foot of the house.
The single-family rental home industry is now a $3 trillion market, with one million homes trading hands among investors annually.
Every time I conduct a webinar about building science or making homes more resilient, I get critical emails from attendees about my inclusion of spray foam as an insulating mainstay. But I have continued to include it, because in terms of insulating value per inch and air sealing of conventional stick-framed homes, I haven’t encountered anything better in terms of performance.
Scientist Dr. Michael Mann has been on the front lines of the battle for climate action for decades. He has witnessed firsthand the impact that avoidance, manipulation, and misrepresentation have had on our collective psyche—and on the planet.
What was the most important thing to you when you were home shopping?
One of the age-old problems with standard house wraps has been “perforation.” You’ve gone to great trouble to cover the sheathing, tape the seams and create a complete barrier, then you add siding and drive hundreds of nail holes through the material.
My brother Mitch works in the hard sciences. He’s one of those wonky people you never hear of, who’s spent years counting ancient pollen spores from Siberia and looking at core samples from the last Ice Age. He’s embedded in the world of earth science.
Over the long haul, more efficient washers, dryers, and cooktops tend to save enough on water and electricity use to validate their up-front costs.
The 2021 NGWS will be held on a virtual conference platform. Attendees will be able to view live and recorded sessions, visit a virtual exhibit hall, and network with fellow attendees from across the country.
“Buying a home early in life is one of the best-kept secrets that kids aren’t taught in school or college,” notes Reef Merhi, Branch Manager at Texas United Mortgage in Houston. “When I was a kid, my dad bought a duplex for the family. We lived on one side and rented the other. The renters essentially paid our bills, and we lived free while they paid down the mortgage. We gained as home prices rose, and rental income smoothed the way.”
What do today’s home buyers want?
Individually, none of these elements present a big challenge for home builders, but making them all work together can be hard.
Sometimes, small things can lead to a bigger one. That’s the case for the Emay Crescent Home in Pahi, Northland, New Zealand, which is the Grand Winner of Green Builder’s 2021 Green Home of the Year competition.
Millennials are tired of renting and dealing with landlords. They don’t want to live in their buddy’s basement or their old bedroom. They want a place to call home. They want a chance to earn equity, to put down roots.
Could robots be the answer to construction’s labor problem? The industry certainly seems to think so, with non-human workers being successfully tested to tackle tasks such as excavation, drywall installation, painting, and roofing, and headed for more efforts in the future.
With the holidays approaching, universities and colleges continue to try and cope with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. A relatively small number of college campuses resumed class this past fall, and more plan to reopen doors in the spring 2021 semester. Others have locked up until at least fall 2021.
About five years ago, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) co-funded a study to measure how many fires in the United States begin with clothes dryers or washing machines. They looked at most major forms of housing: single family, multifamily, duplexes, condominiums, townhouses, apartments, and row housing, and what they found, in a nutshell, was the following:
Venture capitalist Andrew Beebe is modern-day soothsayer, predicting trends, betting on cutting-edge technologies like flying electric taxis, and reimagining trillion-dollar businesses. Despite the risky nature of his business, of one thing he’s certain: The Decarbonization Economy will provide massive growth opportunities for decades to come.
With all of the controversy of the past year, it’s easy to believe that cities haven’t been able to focus much on sustainability efforts. But several municipalities forged ahead, and laid the groundwork for others to build upon as they resume green thinking in 2021.
HVAC manufacturer and distributor Lennox has a long history of giving back to the communities it serves. One program, in particular, illustrates the company’s charitable tendencies. Feel The Love (formerly Heat UP) was started in Wisconsin by Dave Chatmon, Manager, District Sales, who suggested a program to his dealer network that local communities could nominate an “unsung hero,” Lennox would donate furnaces, and the dealers would install them for free.
The VISION House Seattle Cascades comes to life as spring descends on its off-grid mountaintop site in Washington. Owner and building scientist C.R. Herro is focusing his efforts on nailing down the details of the interior, particularly the specs for his super-functional kitchen.
Studies show that over the last 50 years, the building industry has lagged behind others in terms of increased efficiency and effectiveness. Why? A lack of collaboration among the various sectors of the industry.
Consumers are certainly making different lifestyle choices due to the pandemic, taking better care of themselves by cooking and exercising more, paying more attention to their indoor air quality, and spending more time outdoors. COVID may prove to be a turning point for adopting healthier habits, but, simply put, that’s not enough.
Salt Lake City adopted the new standards for the effective use of off-site construction: ICC/MBI Standard 1200: Standard for Off-Site Construction: Planning, Design, Fabrication, and Assembly and ICC/MBI Standard 1205: Standard for Off-Site Construction: Inspection and Regulatory Compliance.
Intelligence harvested by COGNITION Smart Data shows that the housing market’s expansion is expected to continue well into the foreseeable future.
Ask Gene Myers about what makes him a sustainability superhero, and you’ll notice right away that he doesn’t brag about his accomplishments. He doesn’t need to.
A disheartening report issued by the United Nations last week delivered jarring news: we’re not even close to meeting our Paris Agreement climate goals.
Covid-19 could be on the wane, but the importance of healthy homes is a concept that is here to stay, which begs the question: How safe are houses, and how can they be made safer?
Once upon a time — about 35 years ago — working from home was considered the way of the future. Telecommuting was where everyone was headed; labor marketing experts predicted that driving to work was going to be obsolete by the end of the century. And this was before a little thing called the internet came along.
IAPMO R&T, a third-party testing and certification body for plumbing, mechanical and water treatment products, has been transitionally approved and licensed to certify soil moisture-based irrigation controllers (also known as soil moisture sensors or SMSs) to EPA’s WaterSense spec.
When the global pandemic forced lockdowns across the country and many employees were mandated to work from home, it brought a new focus to the need for sustainability and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in structures. This trend is bringing energy-efficient solutions, such as radiant floor heating, along with renewable energy sources, such as geothermal and solar, to the forefront.
Design matters. To put this in perspective, you might look no further than the daily temperature readings in Scottsdale, Ariz. Averages keep breaking records. Last year, for example, the region had 14 days where temperatures went above 115 degrees F and another 312 days where it hovered above 95 degrees F. Climate Change has never seemed so real.
Samantha Carlin is co-author of this article.
It’s time again to honor an elite group of manufacturers and products that are making real progress in reducing the impact of construction upon our natural environment. They range from super-efficient solar energy management and heating equipment, to one-of-a-kind recycling projects and an indoor greenhouse.
Products like these—along with help from a new, forward-thinking administration — will continue to steer us toward more sustainable lifestyles.
Here’s a look at this year’s winners.
Changes are afoot in the housing sector. Shifts in consumer expectations are placing new demands on building professionals and manufacturers, accelerating the transition to next-generation solutions.
A recent COGNITION Smart Data survey of progressive U.S. builders reveals that these professionals are pleased with the accessibility, cost-effectiveness, and performance of sustainable products.
Those of us who have been around long enough to remember the gasoline prices at the pump prior to the Arab oil embargo of the early 1970s may also recall that while there were many folks at the time who wrung their hands and sang sad tunes in response to the rude new reality, there were also many who searched for ways to offset the increased costs by coming up with alternatives to the gas guzzlers we had all become addicted to when we believed that petroleum products would be forever cheap.
Somehow, while businesses large and small have perished in this COVID-19 crazy world, the home sales and construction industries have managed to survive. But how much longer before they also have to pay the piper?
When it comes to living sustainably, one of the biggest concerns is how to generate electricity and which energy sources or systems to use. Solar power continues to increase in popularity because it is simple to understand, can be installed in most locations, and often can pay for itself in a matter of years.
Carrier has decided to take its indoor air quality products directly to consumers with the launch of its new e-commerce website, CarrierAtHome.com. The highlight of the new site is a new plug-and-use room air purifier that has a high-efficiency filter that can trap more than 99 percent of airborne particles down to 0.3 micron size in diameter, including pollen, dander, and dust.
The recently released TEAM ZERO 2019-2020 Zero Energy Residential Buildings Inventory shows the growth of the residential Zero Energy (ZE) market. Of note, overall energy performance and multifamily units show significant increases.
When Tiana and Shannon Harris bought their dated home in Austin, they knew they had to address energy performance issues. “The utility bills were high. The HVAC was old. And, honestly, we didn’t really know where to start,” says Tiana.
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.