Copyright (c) 2014 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/news Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:06:17 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/news <![CDATA[A Fresh Warning from Home Depot]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:19:08 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38470/a-fresh-warning-from-home-depot http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38470/a-fresh-warning-from-home-depot 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38470/a-fresh-warning-from-home-depot
<![CDATA[APA Redesigns Website]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:52:45 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38468/apa-redesigns-website http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38468/apa-redesigns-website APA Redesigns Website Posted by ScottG
The redesigned site offers easier access to an extensive library on building materials and the design/build process. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38468/apa-redesigns-website
<![CDATA[Report Grades States on Renewable-Energy Policy]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:23:34 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38413/report-grades-states-on-renewable-energy-policy http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38413/report-grades-states-on-renewable-energy-policy 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38413/report-grades-states-on-renewable-energy-policy
<![CDATA[Smart Meters Not a Health Threat, Study Finds]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:46:19 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38360/smart-meters-not-a-health-threat-study-finds http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38360/smart-meters-not-a-health-threat-study-finds 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 ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38360/smart-meters-not-a-health-threat-study-finds
<![CDATA[Maine Hosts a Conference on "The Pretty Good House"]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:45:19 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38340/maine-hosts-a-conference-on-the-pretty-good-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38340/maine-hosts-a-conference-on-the-pretty-good-house 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38340/maine-hosts-a-conference-on-the-pretty-good-house
<![CDATA[Arizona Energy Program Threatened]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:15:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38298/arizona-energy-program-threatened http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38298/arizona-energy-program-threatened 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38298/arizona-energy-program-threatened
<![CDATA[Study Finds No Direct Link Between Wind Turbines and Health Problems]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 15:12:17 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38285/study-finds-no-direct-link-between-wind-turbines-and-health-problems http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38285/study-finds-no-direct-link-between-wind-turbines-and-health-problems 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38285/study-finds-no-direct-link-between-wind-turbines-and-health-problems
<![CDATA[Registration Open for Builders' Show]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:28:47 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38243/registration-open-for-builders-show http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38243/registration-open-for-builders-show 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38243/registration-open-for-builders-show
<![CDATA[Builders Get More Tech Savvy]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:57:43 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38193/builders-get-more-tech-savvy http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38193/builders-get-more-tech-savvy 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38193/builders-get-more-tech-savvy
<![CDATA[Construction Companies Can't Find Enough Workers]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 13:23:15 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38058/construction-companies-cant-find-enough-workers http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38058/construction-companies-cant-find-enough-workers 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38058/construction-companies-cant-find-enough-workers
<![CDATA[Connecticut to Get Its First Utility-Scale Wind Project]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:46:39 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38100/connecticut-to-get-its-first-utility-scale-wind-project http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38100/connecticut-to-get-its-first-utility-scale-wind-project 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38100/connecticut-to-get-its-first-utility-scale-wind-project
<![CDATA[Veterans Will Get Training in Solar Technology]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:25:08 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38054/veterans-will-get-training-in-solar-technology http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38054/veterans-will-get-training-in-solar-technology 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38054/veterans-will-get-training-in-solar-technology
<![CDATA[BuildingGreen Names Top-10 Products for 2015]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:17:51 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38051/buildinggreen-names-top-10-products-for-2015 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38051/buildinggreen-names-top-10-products-for-2015 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38051/buildinggreen-names-top-10-products-for-2015
<![CDATA[The House That Shrugs Off an Earthquake]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:07:41 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37953/the-house-that-shrugs-off-an-earthquake http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37953/the-house-that-shrugs-off-an-earthquake 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? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37953/the-house-that-shrugs-off-an-earthquake
<![CDATA[Marvin Wins Business Award]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:50:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37926/marvin-wins-business-award http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37926/marvin-wins-business-award Marvin Wins Business Award Posted by ScottG
The Minnesota-based company has just received an ethics award from the Foundation for Financial Service Professionals ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37926/marvin-wins-business-award
<![CDATA[Builder Offers Best-Practices Manual to Public]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:06:22 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37879/builder-offers-best-practices-manual-to-public http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37879/builder-offers-best-practices-manual-to-public 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" ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37879/builder-offers-best-practices-manual-to-public
<![CDATA[Shea Homes Sued in Washington State]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:06:40 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37876/shea-homes-sued-in-washington-state http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37876/shea-homes-sued-in-washington-state 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37876/shea-homes-sued-in-washington-state
<![CDATA[Colorado Town Softens Construction-Defects Law]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:48:18 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37871/colorado-town-softens-construction-defects-law http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37871/colorado-town-softens-construction-defects-law 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37871/colorado-town-softens-construction-defects-law
<![CDATA[Prefabricated Foam Forms for Slab Foundations]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:07:06 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37780/prefabricated-foam-forms-for-slab-foundations http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37780/prefabricated-foam-forms-for-slab-foundations 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 ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37780/prefabricated-foam-forms-for-slab-foundations
<![CDATA[This New Door Design Solves an Old Problem]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:29:36 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37777/this-new-door-design-solves-an-old-problem http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37777/this-new-door-design-solves-an-old-problem 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37777/this-new-door-design-solves-an-old-problem