Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "The Deans Of Green" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "The Deans Of Green" blog entries Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:35:43 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "The Deans Of Green" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "The Deans Of Green" blog entries <![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Should you Embrace New Urbanism?]]> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 10:14:59 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Should you Embrace New Urbanism? Posted by FPR
The movement is all around--and likely being built in your neighborhood--but what impact does New Urbanism really have on real-estate values and sales? We explore the subject with Steve Mouzon. ]]>
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Steve Mouzon on the New Business of Business]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:10:00 -0500 Self-Taught MBA: Steve Mouzon on the New Business of Business Posted by FPR
I spoke with Steve Mouzon, author of The Original Green, and now, New Media for Designers and Builders to ask him, “What’s different about the new builder’s business plan from the building business as usual?” His answer will surprise you. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Counterintuitive Cladding]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:28:04 -0500 The Counterintuitive Cladding Posted by FPR
Like it or not, vinyl siding is an environmental option. ]]>
<![CDATA[Published kitchen grows (in function and livabilty, not size) with it's family.]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:39:04 -0500 Published kitchen grows (in function and livabilty, not size) with it's family. Posted by spiesse
It was a tough decision to renovate my published kitchen (Inspired house 2004 Great kitchens 2007 My husband and I have really enjoyed the kitchen. We liked the basic layout (good orientation, easy transition between appliances and an open central workspace), the open plan feel and how it related to other spaces and allowed exterior light to fill the space. We chose many of the finishes together and even carried the backsplash tile back from a trip to Australia. However, when I designed and built the space 16 years ago, we had different needs and a singular lifestyle. It was also only the second kitchen we had lived in (the first being a poorly designed apartment alley kitchen). Our first kitchen design was a compromise of ingenuity, cost, and function but did not include all of the necessities for a growing family (small boys eat their weight in food every week and teenage boys eat twice that…..we have one of each). Especially one that enjoys cooking, eating and entertaining. When the majority of our appliances gave out over a 6 month period and the wear and tear started to become more apparent, we took the opportunity in hand and set out to create a better functioning kitchen, one that accommodated our family’s needs, and became a great place for entertaining in the heart of the home. ]]>
<![CDATA[Small Pond ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:26:44 -0500 Small Pond Posted by MChandler
It was one of those homes that always made me smile, a homestead done right behind a reflecting pond. A modest stone-wrapped cabin with an old tin roof set in a lawn studded with fruit trees. And then the phone rang and I was being asked about a whole house remodel. The potential to screw this up was huge, the budget was so small the building inspectors actually giggled when I told them. An 1850 era log cabin that had been moved to this site in 1900 and added on to subsided into the muck for 50 years and been "stabilized" at 8" out of level in twelve feet. It had been wrapped in asbestos (surprise!)then cedar and then added onto again and again. It had snakes in the crawl and bats in the attic. But it was the heart and soul of this community and an opportunity to do right(and get paid)and have fun doing it. ]]>
<![CDATA[Vapor Barriers Are a Good Thing, Right?]]> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 15:21:09 -0500 Vapor Barriers Are a Good Thing, Right? Posted by FHBdotcom
Builders once routinely stapled up sheets of polyethylene plastic on interior walls before the drywall went up to stop the flow of moisture-laden air into exterior walls. With moisture stopped in its... ]]>
<![CDATA[The Goldilocks Approach to Tight Houses: Is There A 'Just-Right' For Leakiness?]]> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 14:27:57 -0500 FHBdotcom
Many say "Tight houses need to breathe." To which, tight house advocates say "Where should I poke the hole, and how big should it be?" ]]>
<![CDATA[Q&A Spotlight: Can Solar Heat Be Stored for Next Winter?]]> Fri, 06 Aug 2010 12:39:05 -0500 Q&A Spotlight: Can Solar Heat Be Stored for Next Winter? Posted by FHBdotcom
Solar collectors crank out plenty of hot water during the summer, and can even make some contribution to space heating in winter. But conventional solar systems can’t store enough heat to make... ]]>
<![CDATA[Q&A Spotlight: How Do I Choose the Best Energy-Efficient Window?]]> Tue, 27 Jul 2010 16:37:08 -0500 Q&A Spotlight: How Do I Choose the Best Energy-Efficient Window? Posted by FHBdotcom
There was a time when opening, closing, and letting in light was all that any good window had to do. Nowadays, windows are anything but simple. ]]>
<![CDATA[Q&A Spotlight: How Green Are Tankless Water Heaters?]]> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:47:45 -0500 Q&A Spotlight: How Green Are Tankless Water Heaters? Posted by FHBdotcom
If your super-efficient tankless system gives you an endless supply of hot water, you might actually be more likely to waste energy and water. ]]>
<![CDATA[Does Rigid Foam Insulation Trap Moisture in the Walls?]]> Thu, 24 Jun 2010 16:37:04 -0500 Does Rigid Foam Insulation Trap Moisture in the Walls? Posted by FHBdotcom
You can seriously cut your home's demand for energy by adding rigid insulation, but will wrapping your home with foam cause the walls to rot? ]]>
<![CDATA[Flushing Out the Ultra Water-Efficient Stealth Toilet]]> Tue, 25 May 2010 11:18:48 -0500 Flushing Out the Ultra Water-Efficient Stealth Toilet Posted by AlexWilson
New vacuum-assist flush technology creates a super-quiet toilet that uses very little water. ]]>
<![CDATA[Estimating an Energy Efficiency Upgrade From Your Desktop Computer]]> Thu, 20 May 2010 10:58:29 -0500 Estimating an Energy Efficiency Upgrade From Your Desktop Computer Posted by TimSnyder
A session at the 2010 NAHB showcased a new web-based software can help you price out an energy retrofit without leaving your desktop ]]>
<![CDATA[¡Viva Verde!]]> Thu, 13 May 2010 20:36:28 -0500 ¡Viva Verde! Posted by FPR
For green building to survive it has to become bilingual. ]]>
<![CDATA[10 Ways to Cut Utility Bills]]> Mon, 19 Apr 2010 21:48:05 -0500 10 Ways to Cut Utility Bills Posted by Martin_Holladay
Modeled on the ‘food pyramid,’ the conservation pyramid provides a step-by-step guide for energy retrofit work ]]>
<![CDATA[Green Building Myth #1: It's More Expensive]]> Thu, 08 Apr 2010 15:52:36 -0500 Green Building Myth #1: It's More Expensive Posted by AlexWilson
The first of a multi-part myth-busting series. Simple strategies for building green can cost no more than regular building; many actually reduce costs. ]]>
<![CDATA[Understanding R-Value]]> Thu, 08 Apr 2010 15:48:20 -0500 Understanding R-Value Posted by Martin_Holladay
R-value measures heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation. ]]>
<![CDATA[Is the EnergyStar Program Flawed?]]> Fri, 26 Mar 2010 08:45:58 -0500 Is the EnergyStar Program Flawed? Posted by RYagid
According to recent news reports, the EnergyStar program may not be as diligent as it should be when it comes to vetting products. ]]>
<![CDATA[What a damp basement can do to brick]]> Tue, 23 Mar 2010 10:20:00 -0500 What a damp basement can do to brick Posted by Cermides
Some science-savy builders help an editor understand what's causing the base of an old chimney to deteriorate. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sustainable Energy Conference Comes to Boston]]> Wed, 10 Mar 2010 12:31:31 -0500 Sustainable Energy Conference Comes to Boston Posted by Kevini
Over 150 exhibitors and plenty of workshops are keeping our editor-at-large busy, entertained, and enlightened. ]]>