When Tiana Cooper purchased her house in Austin, she knew significant changes were needed to increase the home's efficiency and comfort. "The utility bills were high. The HVAC was old. And, honestly, we didn't really know where to start," says Cooper.
Creating a net-zero carbon economy is no longer out of reach or expensive. Massive innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, renewable energy, and other enabling technologies have set us on a trajectory to achieve full-scale decarbonization.
Join us August 3 at 2:00 pm EDT for an enlightening webinar, “Why building and designing homes with resilient solutions is more critical now than ever,” with expert Neil Freidberg.
DOE has issued pre-publication Federal Register notice determining that the updated model building energy codes, the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2019, will increase energy efficiency in residential and commercial buildings, respectively.
The new Minnesota code is available for purchase from the IAPMO Online Store. As Chapter 4714 of the Minnesota State Building Code, it will be enforced as law effective December 17.
The homeowners’ vision for this project was for a minimalist structure, built beyond the code in terms of structure, systems and performance. The goal, according to designers, was to create a home that reduced dependency on the power grid with a focus on natural and passive systems. The intended performance was to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum and Net Zero Energy certification.
Since the onset of the pandemic, homeowners have scaled back living expenses and rechanneled their funds into home projects at record rates.
An easy way to step toward energy efficiency and carbon neutral homes is to spec the most energy-efficient water heater available. Manufacturers have made great strides in bringing down the cost of water heating units, raising the energy efficiency, and simplifying the installation of these workhorse appliances.
The ICC is accepting code change proposals for the development of its 2024 IECC and Chapter 11 of the IRC. As established through the Code Council’s recently released energy efficiency framework, Leading the Way to Energy Efficiency: A Path Forward on Energy and Sustainability to Confront a Changing Climate, the 2024 IECC and Chapter 11 of the IRC will be updated using the Code Council's American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved standards process.
The green building industry is growing steadily as more consumers, municipalities and builders recognize the broad benefits that it provides. For consumers, what resonates most about green building is its contribution to clear air and water, and reduced exposure to toxins, according to a U.S. Green Building Council research study.
The frenzied housing market is forcing buyers to make snap decisions, resulting in a large number of new homeowners second-guessing—and even regretting—their hasty purchases. What specifically do they regret? And what can be done to avoid home buyer remorse?
The millennial generation is projected to represent a dominant share of residential real estate transactions in the next few years. This generation will experience a massive wave of its cohort turning 30 years old. According to the National Association of Realtors, millennials are more likely to invest in renewable energy like solar panels or geothermal climate controls, compared with previous generations.
On July 21 at 2 pm Eastern, Gary Klein, president of Gary Klein and Associates, will offer a new look at how typical residential water distribution systems can be designed to save energy and water.
If you’ve got the vision to look at a closed-off kitchen with Formica counters and see a sunny chef’s space filled with stainless-steel appliances, quartz counters, and tall windows, a fixer-upper may be in your future. But buyers of fixer-uppers need more than imagination—they also need cash and patience.
CR Herro, builder/owner of VISION House Seattle Cascades and VP Innovation at Meritage Homes, diligently searched for the best roofing option for his home. Herro wanted the durability of steel but had envisioned a more natural look to complement the surrounding woods.
Addendum 58f seeks to clarify the status of Pre-Drywall Field QA reviews in total required Field QA reviews. This amendment seeks to recognize equal value in both pre-drywall field QA reviews and final field QA reviews and eliminates the current percentage-based limits that cause confusion.
A new wave of carbon reduction technology is emerging, capable of capturing and embedding large amounts of carbon into all of the products around us, with the goal of decreasing harmful emissions and our collective environmental footprint.
How do you access water on an off-grid housing site? You capture rainwater and also create it out of thin air. How do you manage that water? You harness innovative technology. This is C.R. Herro’s strategy for ensuring there is a reliable source of well-managed potable water at his home, the VISION House Seattle Cascades.
The end of the gas-guzzling internal combustion engine is in sight: Experts predict that economies of scale will bring down the cost of batteries to allow electric vehicles (EVs) to reach price parity with gas-powered vehicles by 2024.
Consumers are responding to the shocking increase in unsightly litter by demanding that manufacturers take more responsibility for the waste associated with their products.
According to COGNITION Smart Data, Green Builder Media’s market intelligence service, millennials (generally, persons who are aged 25 to 40) are feeling bullish about buying homes, identifying homeownership with economic security and a desirable lifestyle. Spurred by a growing desire for financial independence, this audience segment recognizes the value of investing in an appreciable asset that can create long-term financial wealth and stability.
Green energy is currently generated from several sources: solar, wind and water. You may soon be able to add trees to that list. Scientists at Swiss research institutes ETH Zurich and Empa have biologically modified balsa wood and made it more compressible, turning it into a mini-generator. When compressed and decompressed about 600 times, a 1.5-centimeter block generates an electrical voltage strong enough to power a biosensor.
The pandemic has forced consumers to cut back on discretionary activities such as dining out, recreation and travel, and spend more time at home. As a result, for many people it’s been the perfect time to tackle home improvement projects that they’ve eyed for months, if not years.
For decades, we’ve heard about the benefits of heating our homes and water with natural gas. We’ve been told that it’s a “clean fuel,” with polite silence about messy extraction processes like fracking, as well as leaking distribution pipes. We’ve been sold on the superiority of gas cooktops and told how much “cheaper” it is to heat our homes and water with gas than with electricity.
Extreme heat. Wildfire Smoke. Monster storms. Deep Freeze in the South. Climate Change has become an existential threat. We need to build and rebuild our homes now, to function as if we live on an alien planet. But what does that mean in terms of building science? More insulation? Solar panels and backup batteries? Metal roofs? Smart sensors and controls? All of the above.
As the Program Manager for the Housing 2.0 program hosted by Green Builder Media and led by Sam Rashkin, I’m afforded a front row seat for some fascinating discussions involving very smart, forward-thinking building professionals. All of these discussions are under the guise of what the residential construction industry will look like in the next decade.
Sometimes, you need to spend money to save money. But sometimes you don’t. When you’re buying or building your first home, and conscientiously choosing appliances that are environmentally friendly and fit your budget, you may be flummoxed when a salesperson pushes you to add an extended warranty to your bill.
Randall and Jill Hauser are often told they’re “lucky” because their home remained standing after the rest of their neighborhood was obliterated by the 2018 Carr Fire in California. Randall, CEO and founder of ENPLAN, an environmental and geospatial technologies consulting firm who designed the couple’s home, says it was more than luck that kept their home from joining the 12 closest homes as a pile of rubble and ash.
Nudura's Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) were chosen for the structural wall system at the off-grid VISION House Seattle Cascades because of their ease of installation, energy efficiency, and resiliency.
Have you ever been in a relationship where the person you thought you knew turns out to be someone completely different? Did your demure, sweater-clad Midwestern girlfriend turn out to have a meth addiction and a secret desire to test-fire a Taser at you? Did Mr. Right turn abusive, steal your bank account, and donate his life savings to QAnon?
On June 23, Mike Steffen, AIA, Director of Innovation of Walsh Construction, will present a webinar that addresses construction solutions for those who develop and operate affordable housing. This event is part of the Housing 2.0 program.
Can a commitment to sustainability be affordable? Register for this webinar to find out!
There’s no doubt that the cooped up nature of the pandemic spawned renewed interest in creating livable spaces at home, but don’t think that trend will stop as the country continues to open up.
Decarbonizing our nation by 2050 is going to take some heavy lifting. Fortunately, we have a roadmap to get there, which includes initiatives like:
The VISION House Seattle Cascades team is just finishing up the Nudura ICF and Premier SIP envelope of the off-grid home. Now it’s time to get serious about the dry-in stage with the installation of super-high-performance windows.
Looking back on her childhood surrounded by southern Florida's flourishing wildlife, Brynn Furey remembers encountering birds, lizards, and marine life during her daily activities. She specifically recalls a rare freezing event, where her mom searched their neighborhood, saving as many iguanas as possible, and created a makeshift animal sanctuary in their living room.
Interested in building zero net energy (ZNE) homes? This book is for you. Real-World Zero Net Energy Homes for California by Lew Harriman offers principles and practices described that can be applied to all types of market-rate ZNE homes at a variety of price points.
The dream of the all-electric house pops up several times in the literature of post-World War II manufacturing. Long before we at Green Builder constructed our VISION House at Epcot Center for Disney, Monsanto took a whack at the idea in 1957, with a plastic house prototype made almost entirely of plastic, with “complete climate control.”
Broan-NuTone’s new AI Series of residential fresh air systems, combined with the company’s new VIRTUO Air Technology, eliminates key headaches plaguing contractors as they’ve tried to go about their business during the pandemic.
The lack of access to water is having a major impact on community development, driving up water tap fees by a mind-blowing 400 percent in some markets. Fortunately, innovative technologies like greywater systems are helping to lessen the blow.
Green Builder Media and CR Herro, VP Innovation at Meritage Homes, selected Premier Building Systems Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) as the structural roof system for the VISION House Seattle Cascades to help the off-grid home achieve its net zero target, address labor shortages, mitigate out-of-control labor prices, and reduce jobsite waste.
You’d have to have sworn an oath of poverty not to want one of these trucks. And even then, you might break your vow.
Electrical safety awareness isn’t just for electricians. In fact, non-electrical workers actually run the largest exposure to electrical hazards. Without the electrical training that licensed electrical professionals receive, one careless mistake can turn into a big accident—or worse.
It’s no understatement that we spend far more time indoors than we do outside. The EPA estimates people spend 90% of their time indoors, even prior to Covid-19 forcing many of us inside. What most people are unfamiliar with are the risks associated with spending so much time indoors due to the stark difference between natural outdoor air quality and the poor indoor air quality of most homes. On average indoor air quality (IAQ) is up to five times worse than outdoor air quality due to improper ventilation and the continuous pollution of the air through various sources such as gas cooking appliances, mold & mildew from moisture build up, as well as dust and particulate matter brought in from outside. Poor IAQ can lead to health conditions spanning from allergic reactions all the way to respiratory illnesses and even cancers from prolonged exposure to poor air quality.
As we start to head into the high season for construction, what are the things our readers can’t go without? That question is answered in our newest Green Builder Brand Index, which gauges builders’ likes and dislikes about products in the green construction market, from the best energy-saving appliances to the cars they like to drive on the job.
Did you know that every time you cook a veggie burger in your unventilated kitchen, you’re inhaling fine particulate matter, ultrafine particles, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons? That’s quite a mouthful to swallow along with your impossible burger.
In August 2020, Hurricane Laura made landfall, traveling through the Gulf Coast and matched the strongest hurricane to hit Louisiana. This resulted in significant damage to homes and buildings, and left nearly a million people without power.
The events of the past year make adding a second freezer to the household seem like a no-brainer. But a drastic increase in the monthly electric bill might change a consumer’s mind. Beko’s line of upright freezers, such as the BUFR2715 (shown), are ultra-energy efficient and boy, do they keep things cold. The company’s Freeze Guard Technology works in ambient temperatures of 5 degrees to 109 degrees Fahrenheit without any loss of performance.
Corporations across the globe are stepping up to be part of the solution in the quest to mitigate climate change, setting ambitious targets to reduce their environmental footprint and carbon emissions. Is your organization part of this pioneering group of Eco-Leaders?
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.