Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:54:08 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries <![CDATA[Developer Readies Micro-Studios in New York]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:05:58 -0500 Developer Readies Micro-Studios in New York Posted by ScottG
The project features studio apartments as small as 260 sq. ft. for renters who don't want roomies. But small doesn't mean cheap. ]]>
<![CDATA[Life in a Passivhaus School]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:53:16 -0500 Life in a Passivhaus School Posted by ScottG
Students like the vibrant colors, the air conditioning, and even the dual-flush toilets ]]>
<![CDATA[BuildingGreen Names Top 10 Products]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:00:00 -0500 BuildingGreen Names Top 10 Products Posted by ScottG
This year's list includes a variety of products that save water or energy ]]>
<![CDATA[Stuffy Offices Lower Cognitive Function]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 16:06:21 -0500 Stuffy Offices Lower Cognitive Function Posted by ScottG
Office workers would feel better and work more effectively if they had access to fresh air, a new study says ]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Canada's Newest LEED Platinum Home]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 10:38:40 -0500 Meet Canada's Newest LEED Platinum Home Posted by ScottG
This demonstration house in Quebec is designed to use $2.30 in energy per day — including the commute to work ]]>
<![CDATA[Homeowner Groups (Still) Battling Solar]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 08:24:53 -0500 Homeowner Groups (Still) Battling Solar Posted by ScottG
In California, installers complain that hassles with homeowners associations mean lengthy application delays and frustration for residential customers ]]>
<![CDATA[Passivhaus Days Are Coming Up]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:15:17 -0500 Passivhaus Days Are Coming Up Posted by ScottG
Building owners throw open the doors to a variety of these energy-efficient designs for two days in November ]]>
<![CDATA[Demand for Cooling Spiraling Upward]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 08:31:04 -0500 Demand for Cooling Spiraling Upward Posted by ScottG
By the middle of the century, cooling will require more energy than heating and potentially make global warming worse ]]>
<![CDATA[Passivhaus Goes Prefab]]> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 12:58:52 -0500 Passivhaus Goes Prefab Posted by ScottG
An experimental project in Vienna creates housing for 40 students in 10 modular units that can be assembled in a matter of days ]]>
<![CDATA[Stevens Institute of Technology Wins Decathlon Title]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 14:11:33 -0500 Stevens Institute of Technology Wins Decathlon Title Posted by ScottG
Its winning entry is designed to help shore communities cope with climate extremes. ]]>
<![CDATA[In Boston, Some Newer Buildings Are the Energy Hogs]]> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 14:19:18 -0500 In Boston, Some Newer Buildings Are the Energy Hogs Posted by ScottG
A reporting requirement for large buildings discloses some surprising results in comparing the energy performance of old and new office buildings ]]>
<![CDATA[The Low Cost of Passivhaus Living]]> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 16:00:09 -0500 The Low Cost of Passivhaus Living Posted by ScottG
The owner of a certified Passivhaus home in Wisconsin shares nearly five years of power bills ]]>
<![CDATA[Low-e Storm Windows Are Big Energy Savers]]> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 13:41:46 -0500 Low-e Storm Windows Are Big Energy Savers Posted by ScottG
A new study finds storm windows lower annual heating and cooling costs by an average of 10% on test houses in Washington State ]]>
<![CDATA[Wisconsin Sees a Boom in Community Solar]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:10:30 -0500 Wisconsin Sees a Boom in Community Solar Posted by ScottG
A new project in Eau Claire offers co-op members the chance to buy photovoltaic panels for about $2 per watt. ]]>
<![CDATA[Lumber Liquidators Will Pay Millions in Fines]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:07:02 -0500 Lumber Liquidators Will Pay Millions in Fines Posted by ScottG
The flooring retailer admits it made false import declarations about the wood it sold. But claims about formaldehyde remain unresolved. ]]>
<![CDATA[Colorado Joins Home Energy Program]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:15:58 -0500 Colorado Joins Home Energy Program Posted by ScottG
The state follows Connecticut's lead in adopting a program that gives homebuyers and owners and energy scorecard. ]]>
<![CDATA[Passive House Institute Awarded Grant]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:10:28 -0500 Passive House Institute Awarded Grant Posted by ScottG
The money will help the institute promote the Passivhaus building standard in multifamily housing projects. ]]>
<![CDATA['s Wind Farm the Target of a Suit]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:39:42 -0500's Wind Farm the Target of a Suit Posted by ScottG
The online retailer wants to power its data center with wind power, but a North Carolina couple says the wind farm will make the countryside ugly. ]]>
<![CDATA[New PV Module Claims Efficiency Record]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:38:33 -0500 New PV Module Claims Efficiency Record Posted by ScottG
SolarCity says its new module is the most efficient rooftop solar panel in the world, but that title may already be held by a rival. ]]>
<![CDATA[Duke University Treats Glass to Reduce Bird Strikes]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:37:19 -0500 Duke University Treats Glass to Reduce Bird Strikes Posted by ScottG
The LEED-certified Fitzpatrick Center had been identified as a leading cause of fatal bird collisions on campus, but a textured film for windows is expected to help. ]]>