Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:08:07 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries <![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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Giant Geothermal-Only Community in the Works]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:03:28 -0500 Giant Geothermal-Only Community in the Works Posted by ScottG
Every one of the 1800 housing units will be heated and cooled by a ground-source heat pump. ]]>
<![CDATA[EPA Tightens Rules for Wood-Burning Heaters]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:20:58 -0500 EPA Tightens Rules for Wood-Burning Heaters Posted by ScottG
The new emissions standards, which will be phased in over time, also cover indoor and outdoor boilers, forced-air furnaces and pellet stoves. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Standards Proposed for Gas Furnaces]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:51:35 -0500 New Standards Proposed for Gas Furnaces Posted by ScottG
The minimum efficiency will rise to 92% under a Department of Energy plan, so you say "so long" to conventional furnaces. The rules would take effect in 2021. ]]>
<![CDATA[BuildingEnergy Conference Scheduled for March 3-5]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:05:13 -0500 BuildingEnergy Conference Scheduled for March 3-5 Posted by ScottG
Organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, this annual event includes workshops, speakers, and a trade show. ]]>
<![CDATA[LEED's Top 10 List]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 07:50:02 -0500 LEED's Top 10 List Posted by ScottG
Illinois tops national rankings for certified commercial and industrial space for the second year running ]]>
<![CDATA[Nest Thermostat Pays for Itself in Two Years, Studies Find]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:26:21 -0500 Nest Thermostat Pays for Itself in Two Years, Studies Find Posted by ScottG
The smart thermostats are pricey, but three studies back the manufacturer's claims of energy savings. ]]>
<![CDATA[Is Net-Zero Energy in McDonald's Future?]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 09:32:35 -0500 Is Net-Zero Energy in McDonald's Future? Posted by ScottG
The restaurant chain studies the feasibility of opening net-zero restaurants in three U.S. cities. Though possible, it's no easy feat. ]]>
<![CDATA[Nation's Largest Furniture Manufacturer Fined Over Safety Violations]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 09:15:55 -0500 Nation's Largest Furniture Manufacturer Fined Over Safety Violations Posted by ScottG
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has doled out $1.7 million in fines to a Wisconsin-based furniture maker, citing a long record of safety violations and injuries among workers. ]]>