Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:11:02 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries <![CDATA[Study Examines Insulation Performance]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:20:37 -0500 Study Examines Insulation Performance Posted by ScottG
When properly installed and air-sealed, all type of insulation perform about the same, an updated report says. The search continues for a successor to R-value. ]]>
<![CDATA[LEED Rankings for 2015 Announced]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:17:03 -0500 LEED Rankings for 2015 Announced Posted by ScottG
Canada tops the list for certified space in projects outside the United States in the second annual international rankings list. ]]>
<![CDATA[Court Throws Out Smart-Meter Complaint]]> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:56:08 -0500 Court Throws Out Smart-Meter Complaint Posted by ScottG
A federal judge in Chicago has rejected arguments from a suburban grassroots group that opposes the devices on constitutional grounds. ]]>
<![CDATA[Lumber Liquidators Goes for LEED Certification]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:48:36 -0500 Lumber Liquidators Goes for LEED Certification Posted by ScottG
As a federal investigation of its Chinese-made flooring continues, the company says it has opened its first retail outlet built to LEED standards. ]]>
<![CDATA[Researchers Developing Ultra-Efficient Clothes Dryer]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:23:45 -0500 Researchers Developing Ultra-Efficient Clothes Dryer Posted by ScottG
High frequency vibrations, not heat, dry clothes much faster and with much less energy that conventional appliances. Huge energy savings would be possible. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Initiative Would Increase Access to Renewable Energy for More Americans]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:34:44 -0500 New Initiative Would Increase Access to Renewable Energy for More Americans Posted by ScottG
A plan announced this week would make it easier for low- and middle-income families to lower energy bills with renewables ]]>
<![CDATA[Green Building Council CEO to Step Down]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:12:01 -0500 Green Building Council CEO to Step Down Posted by ScottG
After a dozen years at the helm, Rick Fedrizzi announced he will leave his post by the end of next year. ]]>
<![CDATA[Blows Against Two Carbon-Reduction Strategies]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:26:23 -0500 Blows Against Two Carbon-Reduction Strategies Posted by ScottG
Environmental groups challenge assumptions used to justify biomass fuel while economists lambaste federal weatherization program ]]>
<![CDATA[A Novel Way to Store Energy]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:47:38 -0500 A Novel Way to Store Energy Posted by ScottG
A startup company proposes to use pressurized water and old gas and oil wells as part of a system that stores energy ]]>
<![CDATA[Recycled PVC Raises Health Concerns]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:18:41 -0500 Recycled PVC Raises Health Concerns Posted by ScottG
A report from the Healthy Building Network finds levels of lead in vinyl flooring made with recycled plastics that can be alarmingly high ]]>
<![CDATA[Work Begins on World's Tallest Passivhaus Building]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 10:21:44 -0500 Work Begins on World's Tallest Passivhaus Building Posted by ScottG
The tower on Roosevelt Island in New York City will be 270 ft. tall and contain 350 housing units. Its metal wall panels will be prefabricated off site. ]]>
<![CDATA[Industry Group Publishes Solar Guide]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:42:08 -0500 Industry Group Publishes Solar Guide Posted by ScottG
The pamphlet offers basic advice to homeowners who are considering the purchase or lease of a photovoltaic system. Consumer warnings follow complaints some homeowners have been misled. ]]>
<![CDATA[Study Says Solar Can Power the World]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:32:18 -0500 Study Says Solar Can Power the World Posted by ScottG
Massive deployment of solar resources will be a key part of holding off global climate change, but research, more investment, and policy changes are still needed. ]]>
<![CDATA[A First in New England: Utility-Scale Battery Storage]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:42:39 -0500 A First in New England: Utility-Scale Battery Storage Posted by ScottG
The storage system in Boothbay, Maine, is designed to reduce loads on the utility's grid during times of high summer demand and avoid the cost of new transmission lines. ]]>
<![CDATA[Connecticut Starts an Energy Label Program]]> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 10:43:20 -0500 Connecticut Starts an Energy Label Program Posted by ScottG
A Home Energy Score is designed to tell homeowners and homebuyers how energy efficient a house might be, and how to improve performance. ]]>
<![CDATA[California Project Tinkers With a Net-Zero Future]]> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 10:38:16 -0500 California Project Tinkers With a Net-Zero Future Posted by ScottG
In advance of the state's 2020 requirement for net-zero energy residential building, a collaboration of public and private interests studies 20 test houses. ]]>
<![CDATA[What Homeowners Think About Clean Energy]]> Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:47:01 -0500 What Homeowners Think About Clean Energy Posted by ScottG
An annual survey finds solar and wind are the most important energy sources for the future, but most aren't planning any purchases in the near term. ]]>
<![CDATA[Minnesota Students Win "Race to Zero" Title]]> Mon, 01 Jun 2015 08:14:24 -0500 Minnesota Students Win Posted by ScottG
Now in its second year, the design competition attracted teams from 33 U.S. and Canadian universities. ]]>
<![CDATA[You May Like These Plastic Water Bottles]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:00:15 -0500 You May Like These Plastic Water Bottles Posted by ScottG
After use, these specially designed bottles are squashed flat and turned into roofing tiles for low-income people. ]]>
<![CDATA[Ratings Will Be Offered for Window Shade Efficiency]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 10:06:31 -0500 Ratings Will Be Offered for Window Shade Efficiency Posted by ScottG
A manufacturers trade association and the U.S. Department of Energy will share costs to develop ratings for window attachments. ]]>