Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:37:08 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries <![CDATA[Eco-Friendly Palo Alto Gets Even Friendlier]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:38:54 -0500 Eco-Friendly Palo Alto Gets Even Friendlier Posted by ScottG
The California community approves code changes that will require all new buildings be ready for solar panels and gray-water irrigation ]]>
<![CDATA[Seattle Gets a Passive-House Town House]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:57:24 -0500 Seattle Gets a Passive-House Town House Posted by ScottG
The developer who built the city's first Passive House-certified single-family home tries his hand on a different kind of property. ]]>
<![CDATA[Arizona Bans Ban on Bags]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:29:41 -0500 Arizona Bans Ban on Bags Posted by ScottG
While communities around the country mull bans on plastic grocery sacks, Arizona has a new law prohibiting bans or extra fees. ]]>
<![CDATA[Web Giants Look to Home-Services Market]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:46:56 -0500 Web Giants Look to Home-Services Market Posted by ScottG
Routine jobs such as installing new faucets and television sets are part of a $400 billion industry that's just waiting to be developed. ]]>
<![CDATA[More Bad News for Lumber Liquidators]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:35:58 -0500 More Bad News for Lumber Liquidators Posted by ScottG
The flooring retailer is offering consumers test kits to check formaldehyde exposure, but a lawsuit alleges the kits are "inherently unreliable." ]]>
<![CDATA[Government Offers Building-Buzzword Alternatives]]> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:51:03 -0500 Government Offers Building-Buzzword Alternatives Posted by ScottG
The Department of Energy's 'Building Science Translator' is aimed at helping builders of high-performance homes explain the benefits to potential buyers. ]]>
<![CDATA[Analysis Sees Little Benefit in Off-Grid Economics]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:25:32 -0500 Analysis Sees Little Benefit in Off-Grid Economics Posted by ScottG
A new report finds that even with cheaper solar panels and more battery options, leaving the grid probably doesn't make sense. ]]>
<![CDATA[Passivhaus Institut Rewrites Certification Standards]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:14:22 -0500 Passivhaus Institut Rewrites Certification Standards Posted by ScottG
The German-based organization has introduced two new levels of compliance as it seeks to incorporate renewable energy into the mix. ]]>
<![CDATA[Building Group Claims Cost of Silica Rule Vastly Understated]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:40:43 -0500 Building Group Claims Cost of Silica Rule Vastly Understated Posted by ScottG
A coalition of construction trade groups says the government is way off base in its predictions of how much a proposed rule on exposure to crystalline silica will really cost ]]>
<![CDATA[Suburban Sprawl Costs a Bundle]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:53:26 -0500 Suburban Sprawl Costs a Bundle Posted by ScottG
A new report pegs the cost of sprawl at $1 trillion a year in increased per capita land use and higher transportation costs ]]>
<![CDATA[Monitoring Air Quality at Home]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:14:49 -0500 Monitoring Air Quality at Home Posted by ScottG
Devices that can track particulates and other air pollutants at home are beginning to find their way to market. ]]>
<![CDATA[Chinese Drywall Maker Coughs up Tardy Payments]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:56:45 -0500 Chinese Drywall Maker Coughs up Tardy Payments Posted by ScottG
Five years after a state-owned company was ordered to pay for damages, the company resurfaces with money for some plaintiffs. ]]>
<![CDATA[Elevator Shafts Blamed for Big Energy Losses]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:47:40 -0500 Elevator Shafts Blamed for Big Energy Losses Posted by ScottG
A new study says leaks in New York City apartment buildings waste thousands of dollars annually in lost heat. ]]>
<![CDATA[When LEED Platinum Isn't Enough]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:02:23 -0500 When LEED Platinum Isn't Enough Posted by ScottG
Developers hope a Minneapolis multifamily project will win partial certification under the Living Building Challenge even as they realize full certification is well out of reach ]]>
<![CDATA['Canada's Greenest Home' Posts Energy Data]]> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:31:39 -0500 'Canada's Greenest Home' Posts Energy Data Posted by ScottG
The student-built project now has the numbers to back its claims for energy and water efficiency. ]]>
<![CDATA[Webinar March 10 on I-Joist Assemblies]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:27:39 -0500 ScottG
The free session will cover the use of fire-protective membranes in residential floor systems. ]]>
<![CDATA[Researchers at Work on a New Refrigerator]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:41:42 -0500 Researchers at Work on a New Refrigerator Posted by ScottG
Using a new type of compressor, they hope to reduce energy consumption by about 40%, to less than 1kwh per day. ]]>
<![CDATA[Stone Fabricators Get Health Warning]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:55:21 -0500 Stone Fabricators Get Health Warning Posted by ScottG
Two federal health agencies warn stone fabricators that exposure to crystalline silica can cause serious disabling and sometimes fatal disease. ]]>
<![CDATA[Maine School Chooses the Passivhaus Route]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:47:55 -0500 Maine School Chooses the Passivhaus Route Posted by ScottG
In need of a new home, a Montessori school in Belfast is raising money for a $1.2 million school that would open in time for fall classes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Plastic Production Rises but Recycling Can't Keep Up]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:57:26 -0500 Plastic Production Rises but Recycling Can't Keep Up Posted by ScottG
Production continues its 50-year trend upward, but millions of pounds of plastics end up in landfills and the oceans. Post-consumer recycling remains anemic. ]]>