Copyright (c) 2014 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:07:27 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries <![CDATA[A Fresh Warning from Home Depot]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:19:08 -0500 A Fresh Warning from Home Depot Posted by ScottG
The retailer issues a new warning connected with the massive electronic breach earlier this year: Beware of phishing. ]]>
<![CDATA[APA Redesigns Website]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:52:45 -0500 APA Redesigns Website Posted by ScottG
The redesigned site offers easier access to an extensive library on building materials and the design/build process. ]]>
<![CDATA[Report Grades States on Renewable-Energy Policy]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:23:34 -0500 Report Grades States on Renewable-Energy Policy Posted by ScottG
The annual survey finds states have generally made it easier for consumers to generate their own electricity. But some states still get failing grades. ]]>
<![CDATA[Smart Meters Not a Health Threat, Study Finds]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:46:19 -0500 Smart Meters Not a Health Threat, Study Finds Posted by ScottG
In Arizona, the Department of Health Services says its review shows smart meters aren't likely to make people ill ]]>
<![CDATA[Maine Hosts a Conference on "The Pretty Good House"]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:45:19 -0500 Maine Hosts a Conference on Posted by ScottG
The day-long seminar will help builders and designers balance energy efficiency, indoor-air quality, and cost. ]]>
<![CDATA[Arizona Energy Program Threatened]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:15:54 -0500 Arizona Energy Program Threatened Posted by ScottG
State regulators get a proposal that would eliminate efficiency requirements that lower demand for electricity and natural gas. Advocates cry foul. ]]>
<![CDATA[Study Finds No Direct Link Between Wind Turbines and Health Problems]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 15:12:17 -0500 Study Finds No Direct Link Between Wind Turbines and Health Problems Posted by ScottG
A Canadian panel has found that the noise made by utility-scale wind turbines can be annoying, but it sees no clear link to ill health. ]]>
<![CDATA[Registration Open for Builders' Show]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:28:47 -0500 Registration Open for Builders' Show Posted by ScottG
Online registration is now open for the January Design & Construction Week that combines the International Builders' Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas. ]]>
<![CDATA[Builders Get More Tech Savvy]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:57:43 -0500 Builders Get More Tech Savvy Posted by ScottG
A survey finds more contractors are taking advantage of internet-connected smartphones. But builders still lag slightly behind the general population. ]]>
<![CDATA[Construction Companies Can't Find Enough Workers]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 13:23:15 -0500 Construction Companies Can't Find Enough Workers Posted by ScottG
In a national survey, many firms report shortages of qualified workers and call for better vocational training to ease the problem. ]]>
<![CDATA[Connecticut to Get Its First Utility-Scale Wind Project]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:46:39 -0500 Connecticut to Get Its First Utility-Scale Wind Project Posted by ScottG
A ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court clears the way for two small wind farms, each with three turbines. ]]>
<![CDATA[Veterans Will Get Training in Solar Technology]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:25:08 -0500 Veterans Will Get Training in Solar Technology Posted by ScottG
Jobs training is one of several White House programs aimed at energy conservation and reducing carbon emissions. ]]>
<![CDATA[BuildingGreen Names Top-10 Products for 2015]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:17:51 -0500 BuildingGreen Names Top-10 Products for 2015 Posted by ScottG
This year's list includes furniture, an air barrier system, Passivhaus-certified windows, and super-adjustable lighting. ]]>
<![CDATA[The House That Shrugs Off an Earthquake]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:07:41 -0500 The House That Shrugs Off an Earthquake Posted by ScottG
Engineers from two California universities have developed a method of protecting houses from earthquakes that is both effective and relatively inexpensive. Could homeowners forego earthquake insurance? ]]>
<![CDATA[Marvin Wins Business Award]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:50:35 -0500 Marvin Wins Business Award Posted by ScottG
The Minnesota-based company has just received an ethics award from the Foundation for Financial Service Professionals ]]>
<![CDATA[Builder Offers Best-Practices Manual to Public]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:06:22 -0500 Builder Offers Best-Practices Manual to Public Posted by ScottG
Hammer & Hand, a high-end builder in the Pacific Northwest, posts its construction manual online "in the spirit of collaboration" ]]>
<![CDATA[Shea Homes Sued in Washington State]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:06:40 -0500 Shea Homes Sued in Washington State Posted by ScottG
The California-based developer is accused of shoddy workmanship on houses in a 55-and-over resort community in Washington State. Hundreds of houses are affected, according to a lawsuit filed in federal district court. ]]>
<![CDATA[Colorado Town Softens Construction-Defects Law]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:48:18 -0500 Colorado Town Softens Construction-Defects Law Posted by ScottG
Despite protests, Lakewood city officials have made it a little tougher for homeowners to sue builders over construction defects. ]]>
<![CDATA[Prefabricated Foam Forms for Slab Foundations]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:07:06 -0500 Prefabricated Foam Forms for Slab Foundations Posted by ScottG
A New Jersey company looks to Sweden for techniques on forming frost-protected slabs faster and with far less labor than conventional foundations ]]>
<![CDATA[This New Door Design Solves an Old Problem]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:29:36 -0500 This New Door Design Solves an Old Problem Posted by ScottG
Canadian students developed an interior door that helps equalize air pressure between adjacent rooms, then they founded a company to market it. ]]>