Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Sun, 14 Feb 2016 00:09:50 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries <![CDATA[An Overlooked Building Material Finds a New Booster]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:55:58 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[BuildingEnergy Boston Set for March]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:27:59 -0500 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 ]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Saskatchewan's First Passivhaus]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:33:27 -0500 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 ]]>
<![CDATA[GE Jumps Ship on Compact Fluorescents]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:34:30 -0500 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 ]]>
<![CDATA[Nest Glitch Leaves Some Cold]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:54:59 -0500 Nest Glitch Leaves Some Cold Posted by ScottG
Makers of the learning thermostat blame software update for loss of service to some users ]]>
<![CDATA[Houses Are Getting Bigger and Pricier]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:12:48 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[California Leads the Nation in Net-Zero Projects]]> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:40:17 -0500 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 ]]>
<![CDATA[A Reprieve for the Incandescent Bulb?]]> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:48:27 -0500 A Reprieve for the Incandescent Bulb? Posted by ScottG
Researchers tweak conventional design to make the bulbs far more efficient ]]>
<![CDATA[A Kit House for the 21st Century]]> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:42:33 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[U.S. Towns Race for Conservation Supremacy]]> Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:47:36 -0500 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 ]]>
<![CDATA[Study Encouraging on Energy-Code Compliance]]> Tue, 05 Jan 2016 15:40:47 -0500 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 ]]>
<![CDATA[New Standards Announced for Commercial AC Units]]> Tue, 05 Jan 2016 13:52:54 -0500 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 ]]>
<![CDATA[Large LEED Community Underway in Florida]]> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:50:44 -0500 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 ]]>
<![CDATA[Water Risks Higher in Green Buildings, Study Finds]]> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:04:37 -0500 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 ]]>
<![CDATA[Green-Building Database to Expand]]> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 13:28:34 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Energy-Efficient Building for Everyone]]> Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:49:35 -0500 Energy-Efficient Building for Everyone Posted by ScottG
An Arizona builder gives affordable houses and high-end homes the same energy-efficiency features ]]>
<![CDATA[Fantech Develops Kit for Range-Hood Makeup Air]]> Wed, 09 Dec 2015 09:48:14 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[More Builders Are Going Green]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 09:40:42 -0500 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 ]]>
<![CDATA[Big Builders Not Rushing to Join Tiny-House Revolution]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:48:37 -0500 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 ]]>
<![CDATA[Lumber Liquidators to Drop Some Vinyl Flooring]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:45:22 -0500 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 ]]>