Copyright (c) 2016 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/news Sun, 14 Feb 2016 00:09:50 -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[An Overlooked Building Material Finds a New Booster]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:55:58 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/149254/an-overlooked-building-material-finds-a-new-booster http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/149254/an-overlooked-building-material-finds-a-new-booster An Overlooked Building Material Finds a New Booster Posted by ScottG
A New York real-estate developer and builder thinks there could be a bright future for autoclaved aerated concrete, a material that never found a real foothold in the U.S. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/149254/an-overlooked-building-material-finds-a-new-booster
<![CDATA[BuildingEnergy Boston Set for March]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:27:59 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148974/buildingenergy-boston-set-for-march http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148974/buildingenergy-boston-set-for-march BuildingEnergy Boston Set for March Posted by ScottG
A three-day schedule includes speakers, a trade show, and a variety of workshops about high-performance building design and construction ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148974/buildingenergy-boston-set-for-march
<![CDATA[Meet Saskatchewan's First Passivhaus]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:33:27 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148826/meet-saskatchewans-first-passivhaus http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148826/meet-saskatchewans-first-passivhaus Meet Saskatchewan's First Passivhaus Posted by ScottG
A duplex rising on the site of a 1940s home could become the province's first house to be certified under the Passivhaus Institut standard ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148826/meet-saskatchewans-first-passivhaus
<![CDATA[GE Jumps Ship on Compact Fluorescents]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:34:30 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148725/ge-jumps-ship-on-compact-fluorescents http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148725/ge-jumps-ship-on-compact-fluorescents GE Jumps Ship on Compact Fluorescents Posted by ScottG
The company says it will stop making the lamps by the end of the year and focus on LEDs ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148725/ge-jumps-ship-on-compact-fluorescents
<![CDATA[Nest Glitch Leaves Some Cold]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:54:59 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148584/nest-glitch-leaves-some-cold http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148584/nest-glitch-leaves-some-cold Nest Glitch Leaves Some Cold Posted by ScottG
Makers of the learning thermostat blame software update for loss of service to some users ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148584/nest-glitch-leaves-some-cold
<![CDATA[Houses Are Getting Bigger and Pricier]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:12:48 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148573/houses-are-getting-bigger-and-pricier http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148573/houses-are-getting-bigger-and-pricier Houses Are Getting Bigger and Pricier Posted by ScottG
Rising prices are making it tougher for first-time buyers to get a home of their own. Many still live with Mom and Dad. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148573/houses-are-getting-bigger-and-pricier
<![CDATA[California Leads the Nation in Net-Zero Projects]]> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:40:17 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148371/california-leads-the-nation-in-net-zero-projects http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148371/california-leads-the-nation-in-net-zero-projects California Leads the Nation in Net-Zero Projects Posted by ScottG
The first-ever tally of projects in the U.S. and Canada gives Sacramento the highest city total ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148371/california-leads-the-nation-in-net-zero-projects
<![CDATA[A Reprieve for the Incandescent Bulb?]]> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:48:27 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148332/a-reprieve-for-the-incandescent-bulb http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148332/a-reprieve-for-the-incandescent-bulb A Reprieve for the Incandescent Bulb? Posted by ScottG
Researchers tweak conventional design to make the bulbs far more efficient ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148332/a-reprieve-for-the-incandescent-bulb
<![CDATA[A Kit House for the 21st Century]]> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:42:33 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148324/a-kit-house-for-the-21st-century http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148324/a-kit-house-for-the-21st-century A Kit House for the 21st Century Posted by ScottG
A Maine company has developed a prototype building insulated with curved structural foam panels. One possible market: the Millennials. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148324/a-kit-house-for-the-21st-century
<![CDATA[U.S. Towns Race for Conservation Supremacy]]> Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:47:36 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148177/us-towns-race-for-conservation-supremacy http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148177/us-towns-race-for-conservation-supremacy U.S. Towns Race for Conservation Supremacy Posted by ScottG
Georgetown University offers a $5 million prize for the community with the best energy-saving strategy ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148177/us-towns-race-for-conservation-supremacy
<![CDATA[Study Encouraging on Energy-Code Compliance]]> Tue, 05 Jan 2016 15:40:47 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148126/study-encouraging-on-energy-code-compliance http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148126/study-encouraging-on-energy-code-compliance Study Encouraging on Energy-Code Compliance Posted by ScottG
Preliminary results from a Department of Energy field study show new houses in a sampling of states are meeting many code requirements ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148126/study-encouraging-on-energy-code-compliance
<![CDATA[New Standards Announced for Commercial AC Units]]> Tue, 05 Jan 2016 13:52:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148121/new-standards-announced-for-commercial-ac-units http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148121/new-standards-announced-for-commercial-ac-units New Standards Announced for Commercial AC Units Posted by ScottG
The Department of Energy says the new efficiency rules will save businesses $167 billion over the next 30 years ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148121/new-standards-announced-for-commercial-ac-units
<![CDATA[Large LEED Community Underway in Florida]]> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:50:44 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148056/large-leed-community-underway-in-florida http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148056/large-leed-community-underway-in-florida Large LEED Community Underway in Florida Posted by ScottG
When complete, the subdivision will include 160 housing units the developer hopes will meet the LEED-Platinum standard ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148056/large-leed-community-underway-in-florida
<![CDATA[Water Risks Higher in Green Buildings, Study Finds]]> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:04:37 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148016/water-risks-higher-in-green-buildings-study-finds http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148016/water-risks-higher-in-green-buildings-study-finds Water Risks Higher in Green Buildings, Study Finds Posted by ScottG
Water conservation measures increase the age of water in plumbing systems, leading to higher levels of bacteria ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/148016/water-risks-higher-in-green-buildings-study-finds
<![CDATA[Green-Building Database to Expand]]> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 13:28:34 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147945/green-building-database-to-expand http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147945/green-building-database-to-expand Green-Building Database to Expand Posted by ScottG
The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild launches a fund-raising campaign to broaden its educational efforts and quicken the adoption of innovative designs. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147945/green-building-database-to-expand
<![CDATA[Energy-Efficient Building for Everyone]]> Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:49:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147855/energy-efficient-building-for-everyone http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147855/energy-efficient-building-for-everyone Energy-Efficient Building for Everyone Posted by ScottG
An Arizona builder gives affordable houses and high-end homes the same energy-efficiency features ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147855/energy-efficient-building-for-everyone
<![CDATA[Fantech Develops Kit for Range-Hood Makeup Air]]> Wed, 09 Dec 2015 09:48:14 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147760/fantech-develops-kit-for-range-hood-makeup-air http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147760/fantech-develops-kit-for-range-hood-makeup-air Fantech Develops Kit for Range-Hood Makeup Air Posted by ScottG
The device is designed to balance exhaust air with makeup air to prevent backdrafting. Inline heaters also are available. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147760/fantech-develops-kit-for-range-hood-makeup-air
<![CDATA[More Builders Are Going Green]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 09:40:42 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147635/more-builders-are-going-green http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147635/more-builders-are-going-green More Builders Are Going Green Posted by ScottG
A new study finds demand for 'green' housing in the 55+ age bracket is a key factor shaping the market ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147635/more-builders-are-going-green
<![CDATA[Big Builders Not Rushing to Join Tiny-House Revolution]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:48:37 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147629/big-builders-not-rushing-to-join-tiny-house-revolution http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147629/big-builders-not-rushing-to-join-tiny-house-revolution Big Builders Not Rushing to Join Tiny-House Revolution Posted by ScottG
Tiny house aficionados see a trend, but for now production builders are staying away ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147629/big-builders-not-rushing-to-join-tiny-house-revolution
<![CDATA[Lumber Liquidators to Drop Some Vinyl Flooring]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:45:22 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147569/lumber-liquidators-to-drop-some-vinyl-flooring http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147569/lumber-liquidators-to-drop-some-vinyl-flooring Lumber Liquidators to Drop Some Vinyl Flooring Posted by ScottG
When a new policy is phased in, suppliers won't be allowed to use recycled vinyl in flooring they supply to the retailer ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/147569/lumber-liquidators-to-drop-some-vinyl-flooring